Taylor Stitch Moto Jackets

Astounding. Absolutely astounding. Back in 2009, right around the turn of the #menswear era, Taylor Stitch came in making really nice, handcrafted button-down shirts. Now, less than seven years later, they bless us with quite possibly the realest Moto Jackets you’ll ever see. Made in San Francisco by the one and only Golden Bear, these things’ details are unreal: chrome-tanned, drum-dyed – don’t know what that is, but it sounds tight – 3.5 oz full-grain steerhide, YKK two-way zippers, 3″ collar with a hidden snap-down. The strides this brand has made are pretty amazing. For them, but even more so for us, because we get the chance to get this thing for $875 which, in the grand scheme of things, is a fucking deal.

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For price and purchase info, visit Taylor Stitch.

  • Mortalc01l

    Is there any armor in them?? If not, then they are a fashion statement, NOT a real Motorcycle jacket.

    • Good catch.

      I don’t think they’re really cut for motorcycle use, either. Real m/c jackets have that forward lean built into them. Makes them look kind-of goofy when worn off a bike. So, maybe not such a great fucking deal for anyone who actually rides.

      I sure wish someone still made a nice 3/4 leather real mc jacket like the First Gear Baron.

    • dustinst22

      thats like saying a Vanson is not a real motorcycle jacket.

      • TIm

        Most Vanson’s are proper motorcycle jackets, and then Vanson does make a few that are just “motorcycle-styled” jackets like this one that aren’t meant for serious riding.
        The clear indicator that this isn’t for real riding is the loose collar. No serious Vanson jacket (or any real motorcycle jacket) would do that.

        • dustinst22

          Not true. All of their traditional jackets come without armor, and there are a few versions with the exact same collar.

          • TIm

            As I said, they have some “motorcycle-styled”jackets with a collar but they are fashion jackets not proper riding jackets. They’re sold in fashion stores. You generally won’t find them in motorcycle gear shops. In fact if you go onto any gear shop anywhere you will rarely if never see a jacket with a loose collar, and anyone who rides any reasonable highway miles knows why. Never mentioned anything about armor, but dome Hanson jackets do have extra padding in he shoulders and elbows

          • dustinst22

            Yeah, that’s not true either — they sell all their traditional jackets in the legit stores. I’m in socal and know the market well.

          • TIm

            jesus christ you’re obtuse. And congrats for finding your shop that sells bullshit jackets in a motorcycle shop. I’ve lived in 6 states including CA for the last 10, been in at least a hundred bike shops, only in fu-fu ones will you find a fashion jacket. And the point is that it’s not for actual riding. Yeah, you can ride in one, if you like being uncomfortable, but that’s not what those jackets are really for. Also did you notice that the jacket doesn’t have any way to tighten the waist? Another mark of a “motorcycle-styled” jacket.

            Nobody rides seriously in a jacket with a flopping collar, chachi.

          • dustinst22

            yeah you have no idea what you’re talking about

          • TIm

            God help you if you ever do wind up actually riding a motorcycle someday. Till then keep talking a big game about how you once saw a collared vanson jacket in socal (after nobody argued that they didn’t exist). You’re adorable

          • dustinst22

            always makes me chuckle when a poser comes along.

          • TIm

            The truest mark of a poser is the one who has to call other posers. And I love the irony here that the guy saying that legit heavy riding jackets can have loose collars is the one calling someone else a poser. I’ll bet you looked real pretty on the two blocks you’ve ever ridden. You’re probably more of a candy ass than the hipster model in this ad above

          • dustinst22

            Might wanna learn what the word irony means before using it incorrectly. Ta Ta retard.

          • TIm

            More proof you’re a hipster, you don’t understand what irony means. You’re a loudmouth poser calling other people posers. Boy are you a chore.

          • dustinst22

            You seem to have a strange obsession with hipsters. Might wanna see someone about that.

          • TIm

            Nah I’m just amused watching you flail and spew feeble jabs because you got caught trying to talk about shit about stuff you seem to know absolutely nothing about. And you seem to lack self-awareness, Taylor Stitch is a hipster clothing brand, dipshit.

          • dustinst22

            Generalizations are made by people with a low IQ. Just sayin’. Ta Ta.

          • TIm

            Might want to learn what a generalization is before you already misused it. Low IQ indeed.

            Actually I’m morbidly curious, please point to what you think was the generalization. This is fun.

          • dustinst22

            lol@not recognizing where the generalization is, nor how you misused irony. Gotta love those who went to junior college. Heeeeee Hawwww

          • TIm

            yeah that’s what I thought, you don’t know what generalization actually means.
            I kinda feel sorry for you at this point.

          • dustinst22

            As much as I’d like to keep toying with a retard, it’s not fair to pick on the unarmed. Good luck with the trailer park life.

          • TIm

            The funniest part about your shitty vocabulary is you’re walking right into your own traps. You didn’t have to use the word if you didn’t know what it meant, but you took a chance, and it didn’t pay off. You don’t even appear to have 9th grade vocabulary and throw out a feeble jab about me having a junior college education (which is more irony, moron). you really are fucking adorable.

          • @JoshuaFlail

            Guys. I love you both. Let’s celebrate the fact that we all love talking about motorcycle jackets on the internet, and not tear each other down based on our differing opinions about what constitutes a serious, riders-only jacket. There’s too much else at stake for this issue to divide us!

          • TIm

            hey buddy where’dya go? How many cc’s is your scooter pumping these days? I’ll bet you look muy guapo in your riding sneakers and vintage Bell helmet.

          • that’s a generalization.

          • dustinst22

            In fact, if you look at all the Vanson models, the only ones with armor are the racing jackets and the textile jackets. Otherwise, you have to have the armor custom installed.

    • TIm

      The loose collar is also a clear indicator that this is just a fashion jacket.

      • Taylor Stitch

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1410def4b54d8915ddcc3dc86db89618e98d166815747a0acd114b2ec00ab98.jpg Don’t be so quick to judge nice guy Tim for there is no phantom ‘loose collar’ you speak of. Included in their writeup mentions the “3′ collar with a hidden snap-down” … and if that’s not enough, here’s a close up picture.

        • TIm

          Hey thanks for calling me a nice guy, champ! Your jacket’s nice. Appreciate locking the collar. Maybe add a waist strap on the next one

          • Taylor Stitch

            The world’s got enough hate so we’ll try not to bring more. I can assure you this is a Moto jacket, as this was based on our head designer’s father’s jacket, who has ridden motorcycles for over 60 years. Armor is a new-ish addition to Moto jackets. The inspiration for our jacket was found in the decades old jacket passed down from our designer’s father. We didn’t want to change the aesthetics to include armor as that wasn’t a part of the original jacket but rest assured, our Moto jacket is certainly built for riding, it just may not necessarily be the best choice for you.

    • JamesM

      I guess my Vanson Chopper is a fake motorcycle jacket. I should call Vanson in the morning and ask for a refund. /s 😛

  • Wayne Fuller

    Its a nice jacket who gives a shit about who wears it and for what?

    • Taylor Stitch

      Well said, but it started as a moto jacket from the 50s. It’s still a moto jacket now, but may not suit the needs of all riders. We understand that point but to say it’s a fashion piece is really missing the point. And if you don’t believe us, just see for yourself here –> http://www.styleforum.net/t/303406/taylor-stitch-official-affiliate-thread/3150

      • Jonathan Mark Hedrick

        The only thing not “well spent” is reading the silly arguments on this thread. Great looking product TS, I’m a daily rider here in LA and I’d rock that jacket.

  • Josh C.

    Wow, Tim, Dustin and the rest really went at it! It’s a reasonably thick leather moto jacket. I see it as more fashion oriented, but with functional details and of course you could ride in it. I use to ride a Ducati wearing an old harley jacket that looked more like something one of the Ramones would wear. Didn’t match ride and didn’t have armor, but it’s what I had. The hell’s angels wore mostly oil-stained denim jackets. There are d-bags who ride around in t-shirts and flip-flops. If they want the opportunity to pull their skin off the blacktop and figure out how to glue it back on that’s up to them. Everybody’s got their own thing. If you wanna bop around town on your retro bike this would be fine. It’ll protect you to a point. For my money I’d go for some more tech and a cut more designed for a riding stance, but to each their own.

    • TIm

      For sure you could ride in this jacket, but any more than a mile or two on a highway with the collar smacking you in neck or helmet and you’ll be riding angry. Also for serious riding you want something that will tighten around your waist for both comfort and so the jacket isn’t loose enough to slide out of it in a fall.

      Again, this might be a great jacket for what it’s for, casual blvd cruising or picking up groceries. It ain’t for story being told by the model, riding through the mountains (in a vintage helmet that doesn’t even appear to have a strap). You’re wearing the “story” with this jacket. And that’s fine.

  • TheAVHernandez

    No armor/padding. No vents. That collar isn’t a deal breaker, but it is unfortunate. For $875 though? Nah. For $450 you can get something like the Beaufort Jacket Triumph sells. It’s leather, has shoulder and elbow armor, a removable quilted vest thermal liner, ventilation in the shoulder and back, adjustable waist belts, and side adjustment zips. Also no collar, so it won’t be flapping around on the highway (strong winds/high speeds can and will unbuttoned those collar button thingys).

  • Sean

    dorks.

  • JofToday

    You can buy a nearly identical jacket direct from the Golden Bear factory at 15th and Potrero for 1/3 the price. Seriously, $350. Difference? It will may be made in China (they also have some made in California but you probably won’t be able to tell the difference and someone else on the street DEFINITELY won’t be able to tell the difference), and it won’t have the snap down collar. But with an extra $700 in your pocket, who cares?

  • AngerTheGods

    Taylor Stitch is boojii cali-branded fashion over function BS marketed to techie-scum. any REAL moto enthusiast doesn’t need glamorous shill photoshoots to decide on a jacket. this is a marketing and branding department getting PAID to sell on CUCKBERRY and other beta-male websites. you couldn’t change the oil in that bike if your life depended on it.

    R O A S T E D

    • Jason Morin

      this is pretty much true

  • AngerTheGods

    Also, this website is called “well-spent” , who do you think you are fool’n?? nothing on here is worth the money. the fuck out of here

    • Nick Grant

      Do you feel better