We spec’d our run of Easy Ryder classic-cut motorcycle jackets with 3.5-ounce horsehide—plenty thick enough to guarantee a lifetime of service and then some. Each of these jackets is a true heirloom piece, finished with U.S.-made new-old-stock Scovill zippers coated in military-spec black oxide that will wear down over years of use to reveal solid brass underneath.
Casual or fashion-oriented leather jackets you might spot on the street or on TV today are likely made from a thin, supple leather—pre-distressed cowhide or even lambskin. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But traditional motorcycle jackets have always been made from heavy grade horsehide—the kind that wears like a suit of armor, takes months to break in and lasts for generations. Horsehide is more abrasion resistant than cowhide and is naturally waterproof. For various reasons high-quality horsehide has become scarce and companies specializing in the hard-to-work-with material even scarcer. The craftsmen at Lost Worlds are keeping this lost art alive.
Since 1986 Lost Worlds established a solid reputation as a manufacturer, based both on its craftsmanship and on the quality of its materials, which it controls by strictly sourcing all horsehide from its own U.S. tannery. Each jacket is made to order, and although it’s based right here in New York City, Lost Worlds maintains no showroom. In fact we’re the only stocking dealer of Lost World’s motorcycle line in the U.S.
These close-up photos only tell part of the story—the tightness of the stitching, the thickness of the leather, the attention to detail. But to really appreciate these jackets you have to come in and try one on, smell the leather and feel the weight of a jacket you’ll be able to pass down to your grandkids.
Top Photo: Ryan Handt; Remaining Photos: Union Garage