Buttery soft 4-oz. cowhide, tanned to a mellow cognac hue and hand-tailored in a signature updated vintage fit—what else could it be but the latest sartorial standout from the lads at Taylor Stitch?
The Cuyama Jacket is its name, and it's modeled on one of the best secondhand shop finds ever scored by the S.F.-based brand's lead designer Nick Kemp. Rather than merely copying the classic pilot-meets-motorcyclist piece, however, he used it as the basis for something brand new but timelessly cool—which is important because it's really built to last.
Meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional materials are set off by vintage details like "cellar door-style" side-entry pockets, distinctive corduroy detailing, and natural corozo buttons, and a cotton twill lining. The leather meanwhile features what those in the trade call a stunning "pull-up," i.e. a natural patina which emerges and lightens in color when stretched during wear, producing a unique worn-in effect over time.
"Like a glass of fine cognac," the Cuyama Jacket at its best only after it's had a chance to mature," as Taylor Stitch notes. Hence, "we propose a toast," they offer, "to keeping our eyes on the future without losing sight of the past." Also worth raising a glass to: you can save a cool $200 by pre-ordering one now for delivery in late October, when it's warm but not bulky weight will be n