The Iconic History of Lewis Leathers: From Winston Churchill to Kate Moss, British Motorcycle Police to Comme des Garcons, by way of Steve McQueen, John Lennon, The Clash, Carl Barât, Cate Blanchett…
by Guy Sangster Adams
With the current fashion feature prevalence of leather biker jackets one brand continues to blow the others into the dust, Lewis Leathers. The October 2008 Vogue feature which presaged the current ubiquity, showed Kate Moss in two vintage, customised Lewis Leathers jackets, a Cyclone and a sleeveless 391 Lightning; she also owns a pair of Lewis Leathers 191 Motorway boots The buzz that these pictures generated is still being felt at the new Lewis Leathers showroom and archive in West London, where staff are still receiving enquiries from women and men alike as to whether these styles are still available; they are, for both sexes. Enquiries redoubled with the images of Cate Blanchett in the January 2009 issue of Interview wearing a mixture of vintage and new Lewis Leathers; a fringed 391 Lightning jacket, a pair of 935 leather jeans, and an early 90s Triumph tank logo belt from their collection of motorcycle ephemera.
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