Named for the legendary English-Canadian aviation company, this jacket’s design springs from two rich sources: Aviator’s jackets, and early D-pocket motorcycle jackets. Incorporating features from both styles makes the Avro both a highly functional motorcycle jacket, as well as a powerful aesthetic statement. The Avro is designed after early Leather Togs jackets, a small shop which produced more innovation per square foot than any other turn-of-the-century leather brand. With many moving parts and small pieces of leather, the Avro is the most complex pattern in the Himel Bros. catalogue.
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 Avro jackets are lined with a reproduction “One Hundred Tigers” print from the early 1950s, customized by Freenote with vivid red accents. This liner is made from 100% linen, for a cool and comfortable jacket perfect for all the variations of California weather. The pocket bags and cuffs are made from a red Japanese 10oz denim, and the jacket is reinforced at points of stress with smooth Canadian Buffalo leather.
Made in Japan replica 1940s zippers, featuring decorative leather welts. All pull-tabs come with leather grips and decorative spot work.
Internal tobacco pocket.
Red 10oz Japanese denim pocket bags and internal cuff.
Kidney belt area, underarms, and cuffs lined with smooth buffalo leather.
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.
Our watch caps are spun on the same industrial knitting machines used to manufacture similar caps for the American military in WWII. The contrasting gauges emulate the knits of vintage flight jackets, and they wear in to perfect softness and comfort.
Five gauge knit body.
Three gauge knit crown.
Hand wash on cold to avoid shrinkage.
Straight from the mind of David Himel: learn jacket facts, leather history, and more.
I've been working for Himel Bros. for three years. In that time the most interesting and fun part of the job has been getting to know the marvelous, inquisitive, and unique clients who are so passionate about HBL jackets.
My name is Ari, and I recently ordered a Wolverine jacket in all brown shinki with no hair on hide from you guys. I'm wearing the jacket as I write this email, and I would like to express my thanks to your team for creating such a high-quality product and also for your excellent customer service and communication.
"The look of the hide has a deep, dull shine that looks absolutely luxurious and is hard to compare with other leathers I have seen. I am positive that every single jacket in this hide would look just great, but for The Imperial being a classic sports jacket this is the perfect color, IMHO."