Motorcycles and Leather
We can all agree that motorcycles and leather go together like peanut butter and jelly, but have you ever wondered about how this came to be? We have. You don’t have to be an enthusiast – or even a rider, to see just how deep leathers’ roots are in motorcycle culture. You’ve seen the jackets, the vests, the gloves, the chaps, the boots – all of it in its entirety. It’s timeless.. And quite frankly – It’s badass.
If we were to hop in the old time machine, and run the clocks all the way back to the inception of leather – we would find ourselves at the dawn of mankind; near the very beginning. Believe it or not, leather has been around for thousands of years. We’ve been experimenting with a wide array of hides, and different crafted materials.. As we continue crafting, we continue to improve the quality of daily life.
How did it happen?
So when did leather become an iconic staple in the beautiful world of motorcycle culture? Well, it actually wasn’t until recently. In fact, at the turn of the 20th century; just after WW1, and right before WW2, Irving Schott brought to market the very first leather jacket that was designed specifically for motorcycling. In 1953, Marlon Brando wore that leather jacket in The Wild One movie, which became an iconic staple for motorcycle culture.
Since it was introduced, leather based apparel has been widely adopted, and growing steadily all thanks to two key components: 1.) pop culture, and 2.) the mechanical and technological advancements in motorcycles. In other words, the faster bikes get, the more popular they become.. And as mentioned before, leather and bikes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Next thing you know, Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring as “The Terminator”, fully dressed in shiny black leather, riding a Harley Davidson Fat Boy…and people love it.
Today’s Motorcycle Jackets
Even though humans have used precious leather for thousands of years, – the last one hundred years happened merely yesterday. The concept of pairing leather with our bikes is still a very new, and very exciting concept that will continue to evolve as we move forward.
As human beings, we are constantly evolving at a remarkable rate, and the same can be said about the products we develop and the materials that go into developing them. For example, polyethylene can be combined with polyester to create a dyneema composite fabric (also known as Cuben) which can be used in a similar fashion as leather. There are also synthetic fiber-based fabrics that have reached the market if you’re looking for an alternative, however, as we continue developing these technologies, it always becomes very clear that leather has, and always will be, one of the safest, most reliable materials on the market. Aside from being extremely fashionable, it offers an extra layer of protection to your skin- if the unexpected were to ever happen.
Seeing technology and tradition meet in the middle; to create a beautiful product is exciting, but what’s even more exciting is seeing the market for women’s motorcycle fashion develop in different regions throughout the globe, Liberta Moto is one of them. Women don’t have to settle for men’s moto apparel anymore. They have sexy new, premium options to make them feel bold, fierce and above all – confident and safe.
Written by Dustin Perdue