The Okimakan Shinki Suede

  • “Okimakan” is an Algonqiuan word with a long, and often troubled history. It means “elected chief,” and refers to the leaders of various Algonqiuan-speaking Native tribes in Canada and the US. The Okimakan jacket is certainly suitable for a leader—it’s functional, giving ample room for movement, without a blousy silhouette, and performs admirably as both a work jacket as well as a dressier piece.
    The Okimakan is designed after an extremely rare pre-1930s work jacket and, and made from Japanese Shinki horsehide suede. It uses Japanese replica Art Deco buttons and original 1930s Art Deco buckles for the back cinches. The knits are replica WWII era made in their original factory. The back cinches are adjustable enough to tighten the waist by up to six inches.
  • 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. Japanese-made reproduction 1950s Talon zippers.
    2. Military-style decorative metal spots on shoulder passants.
    3. Authentic 1950s New Old Stock belt buckle and detachable belt.
    4. Back design based on a 1930s Trojan jacket with gorgeous and unusual decorative pleats.
    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 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 Dark Brown Suede

This leather is a full grain Horsehide suede that is chrome tanned. The leather is highly flexible and feels chamois-soft on the surface. Made as a special run for Himel Bros., it was designed to replicate the early suedes of California and Block tanneries. What makes it special is that it is not a split leather or the weaker underside of a horsehide but it is the full hide and the surface has been napped to eventually show the character of the hides underneath the suede. It has a very bendy hand and a light leathery smell. The leather is 1.2 mm or (2.5oz) and is perfect for a more fashion-forward jacket.

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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