It’s only taken a decade but the wearekoalas online store has finally arrived. We’ve launched with a hand picked selection of top quality vintage products from our archive and a few pieces on consignment from around the country. Contact us if you have items you would be interested in selling – we’re always looking for new pieces.
Visit the new store page for a chance to add some fine quality pieces to your vintage collection. As always, feel free to make an offer on any item.
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This image comes from Shorpy. “Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street. With “Harley-Davidson” in the big window under “Distributors,” and a smaller sign upstairs.” Click it to view the HD version.
This jacket sold quite a while back, it’s been in my “get to it” pile and I have now found the time to get to it. An excellent vintage Buco J-100 leather jacket with the blue steerhide label and terrific Motorcycle Club painting. Tons of patina and plenty of life left in this piece. It’s a great example of old school leather motorcycle apparel from the Joseph Buegeleisen Co.
From the listing:
“Belonged to “Bob” number 95E. Has Bob on one sleeve and 95E on the other. Marked 95 on the back with a VERY faint E.Unable to read what the name of the club was on the front.Tag says “Buco Garment Quality Steerhide Joseph Buegeleisen Co Detroit” Has all Talon zippers and they are all functioning. Main zipper still has it’s leather pull. Does show signs of age/wear, some scruffs and scratches from use. Unlined and has 2 pocket. Leather is not brittle and flaking but is slightly stiff and definitely needs to be conditioned. Does have that “old” leather smell.”
The sale details:
Vintage 50s 60s Buco Steerhide Leather J-100 Cafe Racer Jacket Sz 38 Talon
Seller: mustluvvintage / Kingman, AZ
Label: Buco . 38
Condition: Terrific vintage find. All original zippers and plenty of wear and patina.
Here’s an excellent example of a vintage Buco leather jacket model J-100 unlined and in horsehide. From an original 1953 Buco advertisement for the “J-100 Leather Shirt” :
“Perfect for summer riding and a “must” for competition riders. Made of lightweight top quality black horsehide that is unlined and form fitting. Snap-button collar, zipper front and wrist closures. Double stitched throughout for durability. Can be worn outside or tucked in pants. Sizes 36 to 46.”
Retail price in that catalouge for this J-100? ….$30.50. Quite the increase. These vintage Buco leather jackets sell for these prices because of the top quality craftsmanship and the beautiful cut and detailing. The horsehide and double stitching will allow these jackets to survive the next 80 years.
Here are the details:
Vintage Buco Unlined Tanned Horsehide Cafe Racer Leather Jacket Unusual Tag
Seller: chiro98 / Franklin, TN
Label: Buco Horsehide size 40
Condition: “Fine gently pre-owned condition with little wear and no issues!” The leather looks terrific and all zippers appear to be original and in working order.