Would a black bootlegger be a crazy buy?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by HeyZeusPenguin, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. HeyZeusPenguin

    HeyZeusPenguin Familiar Face

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    Ive always had i crisis in choosing between a highwayman or bootlegger. On one side, i prefer the model of the bootlegger, but i feel like it just would look to much like a regular motorcycle jacket in a black color. What is your opinions on this? Havent found any pictures on google so im just clueless.
     
  2. zebedee

    zebedee One Too Many

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    Perhaps a Moonshiner. It's a button front bootlegger.

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    On the other hand, I might (if I'd known more) have purchased a 50s half-belt over a Highwayman.
     
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  3. Carlos840

    Carlos840 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I don't think my black bootlegger was crazy, i like it more than my brown bootlegger...
    IMO the half belt and cuffs make it more "aviator style" than "motorcycle style". It's also pretty boxy which isn't really a MC jacket thing.

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  4. Carlos840

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    And the same jacket in brown, i don't think one looks more like a regular MC jacket than the other:

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  5. Mawashi

    Mawashi One of the Regulars

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    I found some photos of a really interesting bootlegger

    https://www.thurston-bros.com/produ...legger-sz-40-tweed-wool-and-vicenza-horsehide

    Like what Carlos840 said, the bootlegger is more aviation than biker like this.
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    Both the Highwayman and the bootlegger are great jackets. The bootlegger has more character while the hwm is more classic.

    When I think about a black jacket the first thing that comes to mind is a motor jacket (which I'm not that big a fan of) followed by the German Gestapo / U Boat type leather jackets.
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    However, I'll throw my choice into the mix
    A Simmons Klondike
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  6. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    The Gestapo never wore a coat like this. This is really a classic European civilian style worn by working men in the mid 20th centrury - popular until the 1970's. I have also seen Scandinavian versions of this pattern.
     
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  7. AeroFan_07

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    No trouble at all with a black bootlegger! You can spec it to have Zip sleeves & nickle hardware if you want to a have a little more motorcycle feel to it.
     
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  8. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    Just because it's a bit more aviator in style doesn't mean that it doesn't look good in black.
    I think Carlos' pictures prove that it would work.
     
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  9. Mawashi

    Mawashi One of the Regulars

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    I didn't want to encourage the gustapo look or anything nazi related I merely said that was the first ting that came it mind so I used what look similar which was a double breasted jacket as I was not sure what the reaction guys here would have about anything related to that dark period.

    Having said that I have seen some really nice u boat leather jackets
     
  10. Seb Lucas

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    I was simply offering a clarification to your claim. The war was incidental to my comment. These are also not u boat jackets. Similar but different. Some private purchase by navy types may well have happened back then but the issued uboat coats were grey and a different pattern. The Gestapo look is a leather overcoat, at least a foot or more longer than this.
     
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  11. Mawashi

    Mawashi One of the Regulars

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    Yes the gastapo wore longer trench jackets that were issued to higher ranking officers so the look caught on.

    It doesn't help that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the SS and the look became associated with all things nazi.

    It's sad but some of these designs are really awesome but I won't touch them w a 10 foot pole.
     
  12. willyto

    willyto One Too Many

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    These days if you really wear a black knee lenght trench coat you would probably get Matrix comments.
     
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  13. KissMyMuscle

    KissMyMuscle One of the Regulars

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    Between Highwayman and Bootlegger, I will wear highwayman a lot more. And I will regret to not buying the bootlegger.
     
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  14. Kuro

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    I would. The Bootlegger is one of the first custom jackets I considered! I still want a half belt jacket.

    Today though, I would probably order a Hooch Hauler...

    That being said, a crosszip jacket looks like a motorcycle jacket to most people.
     
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  15. Mawashi

    Mawashi One of the Regulars

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    That's so true lol.

    Both are very appealing jackets but for myself the look of the Klondike is more in line with what I prefer oops lol.
     
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  16. Seb Lucas

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    The kids at my work have never seen that old film. :eek:
     

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