The Canuck Custom

  • They called our soldiers “Johnny Canuck,” in WWII. When those hardworking men returned to Canada, they might have worn leather jackets like this one. Adapted from a very early 1920s jacket from W. Shanhouse and Sons, the Canuck keeps the original beauty and simplicity of fit, but adds updated, better stitching and construction. This lean-fitting stunner of a railwayman’s jacket is rugged, with a high armhole for very efficient movement.

    Note that the Canuck is available (for a $50 additional charge) with the Himel Bros. “Keystone Back Belt,” a unique, Art Deco-inspired innovation. Select it under “Special Features.”
  • This jacket is available for bespoke or stock size orders. To begin the bespoke order process, click here for our guide to ordering a customized jacket.
    To order a stock size, simply ignore the "measurements (optional)" section below, and select the size you wish to receive under the “Size” dropdown below the description.
    For stock size orders, please consult this chart for available measurements. 
    Special features are available on both bespoke and stock size jackets. Please consult this page for more information about available options.
    Our online bespoke process has an extremely high success rate—please contact us if you have any questions or require guidance of any type.

    1. New Old Stock (NOS) vintage buttons, with buttonholes sewn with our 1940s Reece 101 buttonhole machines. These are the buttonholes that put Himel Bros. on the map.
    2. Himel Bros. proprietary stitching techniques—high stitch count with holes that don’t stretch.
    3. Our stitching takes up to 3x longer than other makers, but we think it’s worth the extra work.
    4. Underarm expansion gussets, made in the style of the earliest examples.
    5. Guterman 100% cotton thread, 16/4 gauge, made at one of the last thread companies in New Bedford.
    6. Made in Toronto, Canada, by our team of master craftspeople and David Himel.
  • We ship using DHL from Toronto, Canada. Our customs brokerage is very good, and we ship successfully worldwide.
    We accept returns for premade items within seven (7) days of receipt, in new/unworn condition.
    Bespoke items cannot be returned. 
Leather

Shinki Horsehide Black Pigment Finish

This is a pigment (paint) finished natural brown horsehide. The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned HH. The leather pigment finished with a medium hard pigment designed to wear over time and show the lighter teacore underneath. This gives the jacket a worn feeling that develops character over time. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.

Shinki Horsehide Black Oil Tanned

This is a drum dyed black on black horsehide. The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned horsehide. The leather is then lightly pigment finished with a coating of oil and wax to give a glossy top coat that dulls over time with wear. The base colour never shows through due to the black underdye keeping the jacket black for a lifetime. The leather feels heavier to the hand due to the weight of the drum dye and the oils and waxes embued in the top coat. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.

Shinki Horsehide Dark Brown Oil Tanned

The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned HH. The leather is then lightly pigment finished with a coating of oil and wax to give a glossy top coat that dulls over time with wear. The base colour will show through due to the natural mimosa colour of the leather underneath the top coat. The leather feels heavier to the hand due to the weight of the drum dye and the oils and waxes embued in the top coat. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.

Shinki Horsehide Medium Brown Pigment Finish

This is a pigment (paint) finished natural brown horsehide. The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned HH. The leather pigment finished with a medium hard pigment designed to wear over time and show the lighter teacore underneath. This gives the jacket a worn feeling that develops character over time. The leather feels heavier to the hand due to the weight of the drum dye and the oils and waxes embued in the top coat. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.

Shinki Horsehide Medium Brown Oil Tanned

The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned HH. The leather is then lightly pigment finished with a coating of oil and wax to give a glossy top coat that dulls over time with wear. The base colour will show through due to the natural mimosa colour of the leather underneath the top coat. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.

Indian Goatskin Black

The best goatskins come from India and we order our goat specially specifying larger hides. They are vegetable tanned fully shrunken uncorrected full grain skins. The skins are tanned to bring up a beautiful pebble finish then spray dyed, oiled and wax coated. The goatskins feel very heavy yet very bendy and are primed to break in and mold to the body very quickly. The black colour is dyed right through and the medium brown and dark brown will show the natural lighter colour of the undyed skin with wear over time. According to the tannery they are certified environmentally friendly with full treatment of waste water, and use of green dyes and waxes.

Indian Goatskin Dark Brown

The best goatskins come from India and we order our goat specially specifying larger hides. They are vegetable tanned fully shrunken uncorrected full grain skins. The skins are tanned to bring up a beautiful pebble finish then spray dyed, oiled and wax coated. The goatskins feel very heavy yet very bendy and are primed to break in and mold to the body very quickly. The black colour is dyed right through and the medium brown and dark brown will show the natural lighter colour of the undyed skin with wear over time. According to the tannery they are certified environmentally friendly with full treatment of waste water, and use of green dyes and waxes.

Indian Goatskin Medium Brown

The best goatskins come from India and we order our goat specially specifying larger hides. They are vegetable tanned fully shrunken uncorrected full grain skins. The skins are tanned to bring up a beautiful pebble finish then spray dyed, oiled and wax coated. The goatskins feel very heavy yet very bendy and are primed to break in and mold to the body very quickly. The black colour is dyed right through and the medium brown and dark brown will show the natural lighter colour of the undyed skin with wear over time. According to the tannery they are certified environmentally friendly with full treatment of waste water, and use of green dyes and waxes.

Lining

Black Cotton Twill

Heavyweight cotton twill ideal for long wear. Good for its slippery surface to ease into a jacket and for keeping an even temperature in a leather jacket for all seasons. We use black twill for our sleeve liners and pocket liners.

Khaki Twill

Heavyweight cotton twill ideal for long wear. Good for its slippery surface to ease into a jacket and for keeping an even temperature in a leather jacket for all seasons.

Maple Ochre Flannel

Our flannels are medium weight brushed flannels replicating the provincial tartans of the provinces of Canada. The brushed flannel provides all weather temperature wear and is soft to the touch. While light it provides medium wear life as compared to stronger and smoother twill fabrics.

Stewart Tartan Flannel

Our flannels are medium weight brushed flannels replicating the provincial tartans of the provinces of Canada. The brushed flannel provides all weather temperature wear and is soft to the touch. While light it provides medium wear life as compared to stronger and smoother twill fabrics.

Japanese Tigerstripe Camo

This is a replica of Tigerstripe used in the Vietnam war. One of many variants, this tigerstripe was reproduced in a heavy weight cotton twill in Japan.

HBT Camo Green

HBT frogskin Camo was one of the earliest camos introduced in WW2 for jungle fighting. This faithfully reproduced doublesided camo is green frogskin jungle and brown frogskin camo beach side. Reproduced on a heavy weight cotton twill in Japan.

Mitchell Camo

This is a replica of the famed Mitchell camo developed in the 1950s with its iconic leaf pattern. Used in limited amounts in Korea and Vietnam by the US military this pattern was authentically replicated in Japan in a heavy weight cotton twill.

Japanese Troy Striped Wool

Troy Woolen Mills was one of the oldest woolen mills in the USA, established in 1813. Troy wool liners were iconic in early North American work wear. The striped pattern was a standard in early denim manufacture. We have sourced replica striped woolen liners from mills in Japan that replicate iconic liners of the early period of workwear. Selection of the Troy Striped Wool will result in a $50 additional charge due to fabric cost.

Black Pendleton Wool

We have limited supplies of Pendleton woolen liners. This is an early American Woolen mill established in the 19th century famed for its high quality woolen blankets.

Navy Blue Pendleton Wool

We have limited supplies of Pendleton woolen liners. This is an early American Woolen mill established in the 19th century famed for its high quality woolen blankets.

Burgundy Pendleton Wool

We have limited supplies of Pendleton woolen liners. This is an early American Woolen mill established in the 19th century famed for its high quality woolen blankets.

Brown Wool

Milled in Montreal Quebec we have a limited supply of heavy weight wool Melton for liners.

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