Meet the only jacket in existence that can be worn as a viable motorcycle jacket one minute, and walked right into the opera or any high-end restaurant without a second look the next. The Opera jacket is what Don Draper would wear if he needed to haul ass on a Triumph from his Madison Avenue office to his mistress’s apartment or some swank Manhattan steak house. Sure, it looks the part as much as any other dapper wool overcoat. But look beneath the surface to see that the Opera comes fully loaded.
Two weeks ago a good customer of Union Garage set out for San Francisco on his 1979 Moto Guzzi 850T3. Mr. John Pomeroy packed light: one side case full of vodka (work related), another case full of cocktail making implements, and a small backpack for clothes and sundries. It looks like he’s been having a hell of a time from all the updates he’s sent, so we thought we’d write him a letter.
Union Garage now carries the full line of Lee Parks Design gloves—both the short-cuff DeerTours and the full-gauntlet DeerSports, which use a deerskin palm and elkskin back. These gloves are hand-made in the U.S. from Grade-A deerskin—which is so soft and supple that 90 percent of it is exported to Italy to make women’s handbags. But make no mistake: this stuff is tough. Tougher than cowhide in a slide, and the material won’t shrink or stiffen when wet like cow leather does.
The new REV’IT! Brera jackets have arrived at Union Garage, and for $220 you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more functional fall/winter motorcycle jacket. Don’t be deceived by the casual styling the fur trim (which is fully removable if that’s not your thing)—this classic-looking bomber is up for the task of New York City commuting, with smart, subtly integrated features to keep its wearer protected from the road and from the elements.
Who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to? The aptly named “Lost Worlds” is a little-known NYC-based company that specializes in exact reproductions of flight and motorcycle jackets from the 1920s through the 1950s. These incredible horsehide jackets are as bespoke as they are badass, and we’re proud to be the only stocking dealer of the company’s classic cafe-collar motorcycle jacket this side of Japan.
The Belstaff brand has been coveted by motorcycle riders worldwide since its founding in Staffordshire, England, 88 years ago. The company’s rugged, waterproof 10-ounce waxed-cotton Trialmaster jacket is the stuff of legends—Steve-McQueen-certified cool since the mid 60s. But now, it would seem, a large part of the British brand is dead. For motorcycle riders, anyway.
In order to build out our new web store with something more than just the sterile, supplied studio images we decided to stage our own photo shoot while test-riding samples of some of the new jackets we’ll be carrying this winter. We got a solid crew to rally for an early morning meet that started with bad coffee, followed with hog-tying a photographer to the back of an SUV for some open-hatch hot laps on the Brookyn-Queens Expressway, and miraculously ended without a single moving violation from the NYPD.
This is an essential product for any New York City motorcycle rider. Just park, pull, and walk.*
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If you think you have enough T-shirts in your closet already, think again. Union Garage shop shirts are printed on 2012 American Apparel stock and we have all three three of these designs on the racks in all size runs—S through XL. They’re only $25 a pop. Support your local neighborhood gear shop and look good doing it.