Posts Tagged ‘shearling’

brad_1245723cI knew there was a reason I loved the wardrobe so much–


Belstaff, which was founded in Longton, Staffordshire, in 1924, opened up its 85-year-old archives to West and supplied original, classic designs for Pitt-as-Button’s screen wardrobe.

When Benjamin Button is riding his vintage Indian motorcycle through Louisiana he is wearing the Belstaff ‘Panther’ jacket in dark-brown leather, a timeless classic as popular today as it was 50 years ago. At another pivotal point in his life, Button takes off on his Triumph motorbike wearing the Belstaff ‘Button’ blouson in black leather, a ‘new’ classic based on an original design. In another key scene, opposite Tilda Swinton who plays diplomat’s wife, Elizabeth Abbott, Button is in a vintage Belstaff shearling jacket in black leather with cream collar.

Link to Belstaff/Button story


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The Belstaff Sheep M.C. JacketI’ve been looking for the perfect shearling jacket.  Call off the hounds.  The search is over- the Belstaff M.C. Jacket.  Founded in England 1924, Belstaff was the first company in the world to use the fabric that is now commonly known as “waxed cotton”.  The fabric was woven from a very fine Egyptian cotton that is treated with natural oils, making it totally waterproof (well, the only thing totally waterproof is a duck…) yet still breathable and comfortable.  Belstaff became specialists at crafting the finest-quality technical apparel, footwear and accessories for motorcyclists, aviators, the military and outdoorsmen alike.  

Their legendary “Trialmaster” jacket has been worn by serious motorcyclists for generations, and popularized by cultural icons like Steve McQueen and Che Guevara.  Belstaff continues to lead innovation in technical fabric and garment technologies.  In 1970 they introduced the “XL500” jacket, which continues to be their top seller, made of Belflex– a highly durable and totally waterproof fabric.  In 1999 Belstaff introduced Ironguard– a fabric that protected against impact, tearing, high and low temperature, and radiation.  Like that isn’t enough- in 2003 they collaborated with an Italian textile company to create Balistic fabric.  Unbelievable.  Like their logo, they truly are a Phoenix rising that constantly evolves, innovates and inspires.

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