Himel Bros x Freenote Cloth Heron A-1 Jacket Black Goatskin
HERON A-1 JACKET
- Replica 1940s Sunburst Talon zipper.
- New Old Stock (NOS) cateye buttons, with buttonholes sewn with our 1940s Reece 101 buttonhole machines. These are the buttonholes that put Himel Bros. on the map.
- Plain-back design with giant back panel evokes the pre-WWII period of leather design during which wastage was no concern.
- No gussets or expansion engineering, in keeping with the period reference.
- Japanese-made reproduction D-ring waist adjusters.
- Guterman 100% cotton thread, 16/4 gauge, made at one of the last thread companies in New Bedford.
- Made in Toronto, Canada, by our team of master craftspeople and David Himel.
If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, you may return the items postmarked within 14 calendar days of receipt for an online store credit or refund to your original method of payment. Please note that original shipping charges are non-refundable. Items must be returned in their original condition (unworn, unwashed, unaltered) with the tags attached. After 14 days, we can only offer an exchange or online store credit.
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The Heron is named for both the majestic Canadian waterfowl, and the White Heron Castle in Japan, near where our proprietary Shinki horsehide is sourced. It’s based on a deeply primitive early-1930s style, which demonstrates both the simplistic beauty of naïve tailoring and the construction excesses of the 1930s. Characteristic of adventurers from Earhartt to Byrd, this Cossack style was adopted by the American military and designated the ‘A-1.’ Its descendants became universal—but the Heron is unique. Its shawl collar shape and organic, hand-drawn lines are specific Himel Bros. innovations. We stand by it—the Heron is the finest A-1 money can buy. Features include the D-pocket, historically used to contain handguns or maps, a beautiful sunburst-style back, typical of early 1930s Canadian sport jackets, and a cool chinstrap tucked beneath the collar. The jacket is constructed from a heavyweight Horween American horsehide tannage, custom-tanned for Himel Bros. to accurately represent the characteristics of toughness and wear typical of early motorcycle jackets.
These limited-edition Heron jackets are lined with a custom plaid liner designed by Freenote Cloth made in Japan by Yoshiwa mills. Taking inspiration from their own archives, this particular design is a modified version of a plaid from the Freenote collection, updated with colors that have been used since the inception of the brand. The textile is a heavy 11 oz. yarn-dyed twill, finished with a light brushed effect. A classic corded flannel, in a melange of bright cheerful plaid patterns reminiscent of early 1940s work shirts. The fabric is beefy and built for both warmth and durability during the heyday of masculine and functional workshirts. It is a perfect marriage of brotherhood between Himelbros andFreenote combining the expertise of work shirts and leather craftsmanship.