Then again, perhaps the welfare of leftists is not utmost in the minds of those who, in the words of editor in chief David Granger, seek to help define “that fine line between pursuing quality and indulging in extravagance.”
Yet, in that same note from Granger, there are clues that the sharp minds at Esquire are well aware that many readers will be more of the Syms educated consumer variety than the Gordon Gekko variety. Leave aside that the paperback version of the Big Black Book is red (“Yes, We Know It’s Red,” the cover notes, pre-empting wisenheimers everywhere). “For the most part,” Granger writes, “we grew up in homes where someone worked hard to provide a living, and most of us had either parents or grandparents who believed in one of the defining character traits of the last century: thrift.”
The good-life gurus ease us in slowly with the at least faintly plausible Hogan leather bomber jacket ($1,590) and the $1,295 Gucci wing-tip shoes. Those are both among “The Essentials.” And here I thought the essentials were my $45 loafers from DSW and my 15-year-old Members Only jacket that my wife is (I’m on to you, honey) secretly planning to give to a shelter next time I leave town (she calls it my “Walter Matthau jacket”).
Much of the pleasure of reading The Big Black Book is derived from being reminded that not everyone works in IT. That is, there are still people like designer Taavo Somer and tailor Martin Greenfield who make vintage suits from dead-stock wool circa 40s and 50s.
I’m not the type of guy who could, with a straight face, wear the handsome stallion-profile ring by David Yurman, but it’s something to aspire to, I realize looking at the characteristically splendid photo from Lendon Flanagan. That’s in a section called “The Little Things,” which also ties vintage to voltage with luxuriously arrayed collections grouping
Longton, a market town in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England; Hollywood, a glamorous neighbourhood in Los Angeles, California, USA. The latter is the celebrity capital of the world, home of the stars and the epicentre of modern cinema. The former is a suburb at the heart of the 1900’s British pottery industry.
As the first company in the world to use a fabric completely waterproof yet breathable – Egyptian Wax Cotton – Belstaff jackets were soon adopted by motorcyclists, founding a look that is still synonymous with motorcycling today, thanks to its many appearances in blockbuster movies and on the shoulders of Hollywood style icons.
It was Franco Malenotti, a motorcycle designer and champion rider who joined the company as a designer in 1986 following an obsession with the brand that rescued the business and rebuilt it at headquarters close to Venice.
So what about today – what’s the best Belstaff jacket to own? If you can pick up one of the vintage Trialmaster jackets, do so – regrettably, this iconic line has been discontinued and are only going to become harder and harder to find. More realistically (and affordably), you should look at picking up the Belstaff Roadmaster jackets, which have the same look, feel and features as the classics.
As for what to wear with your Belstaff jacket…does it really matter? You could wear any old outfit complemented by one of these jackets and still look the part. The attention to detail and quality of the materials distinguishes these jackets from other brands which pale in comparison. With a rich range of leather and waxed-cotton jackets to pick from, you’ll have no problem finding one that’s the perfect fit for you.
If there was a hall of fame for motorcycle jackets, Belstaff’s Trialmaster jacket would surely be in it. Belstaff introduced the jacket in 1948, and it has been immensely popular since then, becoming one of the best-selling jackets of all time.
Champion racers like Sammy Miler and Phil Reed have worn the jacket while competing. On his epic motorcycle journey across South America, Ernesto “Che” Guevara also wore one. Even Hollywood icons and stars have been fans of the jacket; most notably motorcycle racer and actor Steve McQueen.
The new version of the jacket has all of the same features that made the original so iconic, and is cut somewhat fuller. The jacket is constructed from Belstaff’s triple hand-waxed cotton fabric that is also water-repellent. The jacket can be re-waxed if needed and will only improve with use and over time.
To help keep any rain and wind out, the jacket features a throat latch and cuffs with triple snaps. Lining the inside of the jacket is Belstaff’s heritage check fabric, which has lined Belstaff jackets since 1948. Another benefit of the check cotton lining is that it dries quickly when wet.The Trialmaster jacket is available for women and men and is a part of the Belstaff Legends Collection. The Legends Collection is a line of 7 jackets that carries on the heritage and history of Belstaff.
Belstaff has a rich and unique history that started in 1924, the year it was founded by Harry Grosberg and Eli Belovitch, his father-in law. The founders decided to open up shop in their hometown of Longton, England. Their mission was to make quality garments and outerwear that were waterproof, durable, and breathable. How did Harry Grosberg and Eli Belovitch come up with the name Belstaff, you might wonder? They took the first syllable of Eli’s last name and fused it with the county their new company was based, Staffordshire.
During Belstaff’s early years, the company became a pioneer for being the first to use a fabric that was totally waterproof and breathable: Egyptian Waxed Cotton. This fabric would form the base of many Belstaff products, including their line of legendary jackets, and was made by using natural oils to treat the Egyptian cotton.
Belstaff later expanded their product line to appeal to a broader array of customers in addition to motorcyclists, and began manufacturing clothing and outerwear for aviators, the military, and outdoor adventurers. Like their earlier products for motorcyclists, Belstaff continued to design clothing and outwear that would protect those wearing them.
All these new products and gear helped to establish Belstaff as one of the leading companies that made protective and durable clothing and apparel. In 1948, the Trialmaster jacket was introduced by Belstaff, a huge milestone in the world of motorcycling and protective clothing. The Trialmaster jacket is without question Belstaff’s most iconic and popular jackets, and has been worn by many famous people. Sammy Miller, a champion racer, has worn the Trialmaster jacket.