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Vintage Taubers of California Cafe Racer, Craigslist $75

A number of years ago I got quite into collecting vintage American-made motorcycle jackets, especially ones of the design like you see above (w/ mandarin/tab collar), often called cafe racers. I could never afford the real collectible ones by the likes of Buco, Langlitz, Beck, etc., but I did find a number of great jackets via ebay and Craigslist from brands like Vanson, Schott, Taubers, Just Leather, Brooks, etc.

Craigslist is a great resource for vintage motorcycle jackets at what can be a great price, especially if the seller is just an older guy selling off the motorcycle gear he doesn’t use anymore. He’s got no idea that his old Schott or Vanson leathers are coveted by others, and will often price his jacket as though he’s just selling an old used jacket, i.e., for under $100. It’s a resource worth checking out if you’re looking for a nice high-quality American-made vintage leather jacket, but don’t want to pay the prices you’d see in a specialty shop. 

Seiko SKX-007 with ‘vintage’ MkII Dial and Hands.

Seiko SKX-007 with ‘vintage’ MkII Dial and Hands.

Jacket: J. Crew, thrifted $17

Sweater: Brooks Brothers, clearance $50

Shirt: Brooks Brothers, thrifted $5

Tie: Robert Talbott for Cable Car Clothiers, thrifted $2

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Shoes: ‘Ike’ Jodhpurs by Jack Erwin (review here), c/o Jack Erwin

To be honest, after I left the house I began to think the tie looked a little out of place. I’d gotten it in my mind that I ought to wear it this week, but think I could have chosen something much better to go with it…

Greens and reds.

Jacket: Brooks Brothers, thrifted $15

Sweater: Banana Republic, clearance $20

Shirt: Paul Fredrick, thrifted $3

Tie: Faconnable, thrifted $2

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Winter ties.

Wool neckwear.

Wool neckwear.

Ancient Madder.

Ancient Madder.

The Brothers Brooks and Gitman.

The Brothers Brooks and Gitman.

Purples and Greys.

Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren

Jacket: PRL by Corneliani, thrifted $17

Sweater: Merino Cardigan by PRL, clearance $40

Shirt: BB OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: Vintage BB, thrifted $2

I just wanted to write a quick note thanking all the thoughtful folks who took a couple of minutes out of their day to let me know that the tiger pocket square I’d posted about a few days ago was on sale on the Ben Silver website.

—Jason

Vintage Brooks Bros. Tweed, Brooks Bros. OCBD, and Brooks Bros. Ancient Madder.

Vintage Brooks Bros. Tweed, Brooks Bros. OCBD, and Brooks Bros. Ancient Madder.

Boots: Heschung, estate sale (NIB) $100