This denim trucker jacket with leather sleeves is a little bit of departure for us, since the space right now is a little tight to regularly work in fabrics – past our linings and stretch technique – but it’s always good to flex up on disciplines.
We are very happy with the results and our client was thrilled. After getting his jacket he spied a similar style in YSL’s windows and had to check it out – and declared his trucker jacket far superior! Of course, his jacket is a one-of-a-kind piece made expressly for him and not a piece of a production run of hundreds, or more.
This trucker jacket is made up in a stiff, deep indigo Japanese denim – the fabric was rinsed once and dried to give a slightly softer hand. Finishing that saturated often has a distinct scent which was also taken care of. Pre-rinse, the denim was practically a flat black. Rinsing brought out a nice depth and a much bluer tone. Since the jacket won’t be washed, but dry-cleaned, further fading, is not expected.
The sleeves are a nice meaty New Zealand lambskin, this was a very popular skin in the 1990’s for it’s distinct texture and plush thick hand, but you don’t see as often any more. Often the skins are very lightly finished, and because of this, they tend to have less clean useable area since nothing is applied to mask and cover flaws, but these hides were incredible!
Very often you will see NZ lamb with a washed and shrunken finish, which is called “bubble leather” this is a good way to get better coverage with these skins since the flaws disappear into the hightened texture created with washing.
I had a little fun with the crimson grosgrain finishing – the inside of the denim trucker jacket looks as clean as the outside of the jacket. Fine finishing is a hallmark of custom made, and really there are no exceptions…
I’ve done other Trucker jackets and trucker inspired jackets
Please note, this Denim Trucker Jacket with Leather sleeves was 100% patterned, cut and built in our NYC Atelier. Our focus is custom made – We don’t customize existing pieces.