The Raider British Racer

  • Designed in homage to one of the greatest café racer jackets ever made, The Raider British Racer is based on a series of jackets from Brimaco (or British Mfg. Co.) of Montreal. David Himel personally interviewed the descendants of the original manufacturer several years ago—the company began around 1895, making it a lesser-known contemporary of legendary brands like Beck and Buco. 

    Available in black pigment finished Shinki horsehide, The Raider is more than tough enough for use as a rider's jacket, and more than stylish enough for day-to-day wear. The teacore leather will wear through to a gorgeous vintage patina, and the oldstock zippers are far more durable than the ones manufactured today. 

    For additional colors and materials, please contact us to make a custom order. 

    Available until April 15th, 2019. 

  • 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. Old stock 1950s zippers.
    2. Black cow fur racing stripe. 
    3. Fur racing stripe.
    4. Exaggerated chinstrap.
    5. Bi-swing back design guarantees full range of motion. 
    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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