Taylor Stitch The Moto Jacket

A leather jacket a generation in the making

Taylor Stitch The Moto Jacket

After unearthing the plans, Taylor Stitch recreated the jacket down to its brass zippers. Photo: Taylor Stitch

There’s a special place in our hearts for apparel with a backstory, which is why we’re fans of the Moto Jacket.

This piece goes back to 1973 when a Navy seaman landed in San Francisco, walked into Golden Bear Sportswear (established in the 1920s), and bought a brown café racer leather jacket. He wore the jacket for years, then passed it to his son who wore it into his job at Taylor Stitch. Designers at the company fell in love, found the original pattern, and started building exact replicas.

Made from a bomber, 3.5-ounce whiskey brown steerhide, the Moto is accented with antique brass zippers on its front and cuffs, while a diamond-quilted interior and wind flap keep the chill out on evening rides. The heritage is everywhere.


  Photo: Taylor Stitch

Filed To: Jackets, San Francisco, California

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