Written by: Andy Hoyle | April 21, 2011.
Coming into the middle of the spring summer season now and the Belstaff jackets are all online and ready to be snapped up. This season has seen 10 brand new jackets available on Mainline Menswear as well as a handful of fantastic Belstaff t shirts
that all carry a motorbike theme, giving a nod to the heritage of the brand. Among the collection this season are the usual classic and timeless styles the Racemaster, Roadmaster and Trialmaster jackets, these amazing jackets are a massive part of the history of Belstaff and were originally designed to be worn on motorbikes dating back to 1924, but more recently used by Ewan McGregor on the Long Way Round and Long Way Down television documentaries. The wax coated jackets are designed for use on bikes with the jacket slightly longer in length with a design split on the hips allowing for sitting and movement. The belt around the waist also keeps the jacket fitted nicely and avoids the material flapping around in the wind. Large pouch pockets are available for keeping everything and anything safe and waterproof while wearing the jacket and the tartan lining inside gives the jacket a sense of authenticity and style. The phoenix laurel badge can always be found on the left sleeve of the jackets in either a patch logo on metal embossed logo. Alongside these superb pieces of history this season there is a couple of bomber jackets, lightweight coats and even a quilted jacket that are all perfect for that layered look this spring and summer without boiling yourself in the sun. In particular have a look at the Belstaff Kerala jacket, this is so lightweight and looks superb on with a pair of jeans and trainers, chukka boots or canvas shoes.
A bit of brand history now, established in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son in law Harry Grosberg Belstaff jackets
were designed for fashionable males that were also enthusiastic about motorcycles. Many leather goods also followed including boots, bags and gloves but the biggest breakthrough by far came when the jackets were changed to waxed cotton in an effort to allow the jackets to breathe, something that benefited motorcyclists and fashion conscious men alike. The wax also made the jacket waterproof so it was beginning to become a jacket for all seasons and all events. Over the years various styles have become the timeless classics that people still love and wear today and there are many famous names and faces that have worn Belstaff jackets including Sammy Miller
, Phil Read and Ernesto Che Guevara with Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf and Jay-Z making up the more recent list of wearers. Belstaff also have an ability of making it into big films with Wall Street 2, I Am Legend, The Expendables, Aviator and The Tourist all featuring custom made Belstaff jackets.
Belstaff has been a top brand for 86 years now and doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. The trend in Europe now isn’t Barbour, it’s the Belstaff jacket so its time to add one to your wardrobe and begin to mix and match it with the rest of your designer wardrobe wearing it with the boots, trainers or plimsolls and mixing it up between your jeans and chinos. With all these options the biggest decision surely now is whether to buy black or brown? That unfortunately we can’t tell you to do! Enjoy your Belstaff jacket and designer clothing from Mainline Menswear this summer.