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The Kensington - Black Shinki Horsehide Pigment Finish

  • Our sly take on the café racer, the Kensington is named for the famous Jewish market in Toronto, Ontario, located just steps from the Himel Bros. atelier. Rooted in the English and American tunic-style pieces of the 1950s, the Kensington incorporates uniquely Canadian design references, including a giant 1930s-style back panel. The design is as simple as it is effective—our organic, hand-drawn, patterns give the Kensington Café Racer an iconic look.
    No Himel Bros. design is complete without special attention to fit—the Kensington is designed to allow full arm movement without a bi-swing back, through carefully applied give in the pattern behind the shoulders. This design allows for the formation of a V-shaped gusset over the belt buckle, creating the full range of motion.
  • This is a bespoke product, that requires additional measurements to be submitted by the customer. Once you submit your order, you can find the interactive instructions and order form right here
    For stock size orders, please consult the size chart here, and select "I am ordering a jacket in a stock size." on the order form. 
    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. Leather piping over zippers, across the shoulder, back, chest pockets, and cuffs.
    2. New Old Stock (NOS) 1950s zippers from our expansive collection.
    3. Leather laced zipper pulls on main zip and sleeves.
    4. Waldes Diamond-pull zippers on chest pockets.
    5. Guterman all-cotton American-Made Thread.
    6. Made in Toronto, Canada, by our team of master craftspeople and David Himel.
  • We ship internationally using DHL from Toronto, Canada. Please contact us for any special shipping requests. We ship in Canada using Canada Post. 
    Customers are responsible for any and all fees and duties incurred in international delivery. 
    Return Policy: We accept returns on new, premade items, not including made-to-order, or overstock, within seven (7) days. Items must be in new condition. 
    We do not accept returns on any bespoke or made-to-order products, limited releases, sample sale, or presale items. 
    Presale orders may be canceled for a full refund until the end of the specified presale period, after which no returns will be accepted. Exchanges in the event of an incorrect size can be arranged at Himel Bros. Leather's discretion. 


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.

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.



HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MEASUREMENTS

This is a bespoke jacket, so once you place your order, you'll need to submit your measurements, photos, and other data. You can find all the information you need right here. Fill out the form, and in four to six weeks you'll be able to begin making all of your friends and family members envious.

 

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