The Moto Collection

A Collection 40 Years in the Making

In 1973 Albert Kemp stepped off a U.S. Navy submarine and into a leather shop in Massachusetts. Flush with service pay, he purchased a whiskey-brown, café-racer-style leather jacket. 42 years later, his son Nick, a Taylor Stitch product designer, wore the beautifully-aged jacket into our studio.

Struck by the garment’s incredible craftsmanship, we retraced its roots back to Golden Bear, a famous SF outerwear manufacturer housed exactly one block from our office. We visited Golden Bear’s owner Schirley and learned that not only had they made the jacket, but she still had the original hard pattern on file.

Inspired by the provenance, we decided to remake the jacket as a capstone piece in a full moto collection. We enlisted the help of our friend James Crowe of Crowe Metal Company and West America to ensure the collection’s every detail was up to snuff. He put the garments through hell and came back smiling. We hope you do too.

Here’s to making heirlooms of your own.

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