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#1: Patina

October 27, 2008

Fall arrives, and along with it: crispy apples, crunchy leaves, vibrant colors, fires in fireplaces, air that smells just so, and for me, leathers weathered to perfection.  I don’t drink coffee but imagine that the simplistic pleasure derived from donning a favorite piece of vintage leather in the cool fall air must feel much like a sip from that first morning cup.  Vintage leather is my coffee — strong and addictive.  

Below is a picture of one of my favorite vintage pieces from the archives, a car coat (no label) from the 1940s made from Horsehide and lined with wool flannel.  
Car Coat

Notice the incredible patina, which can only come with age and wear.  They don’t make ’em like they used to, no sir.

Car Coat 2

Horsehide was the working man’s leather of choice during the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, and is easily identified by how thick and heavy it is as compared to steer hide which tends to be more supple.  During this era equines were used in agriculture and farming extensively and so their use extended to the garment industry.  In the 1960’s as technology evolved and horses became less and less common on the farm, horsehide garments virtually disappeared from the marketplace. 

All skins have different chemical makeup and so age differently.  Horsehide is known for its extraordinary character and beautiful colors.   This crease shown here is just delicious.

Car Coat 3

Oh, fleeting fall.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. $P MONEY$ permalink
    October 27, 2008 2:56 am

    The worn leather is pretty dope but it’s the faded looking flannel inside that really does it for me. I always like that, a nice lining that’s a stark contrast from the look of the jacket. I think I’d wear this so much that people would think it was weird if they saw me without it.

  2. Michael Friedrich permalink
    October 27, 2008 1:49 pm

    This is a bitchin’ car coat.

  3. October 19, 2009 3:59 am

    Great articles & Nice a site.

  4. April 19, 2010 9:50 pm

    Great article, I should say I never read something that summed it up so well. Something like this could be scan once in a very whereas, to remind us of some essential concepts.

  5. Mario permalink
    October 14, 2011 11:56 am

    Hi there, would you be interested selling this vintage car coat?


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