Chapal is the reference for luxurious and meticulously crafted leather jackets and accessories. Founded in 1832 in Crocq, Creuse, as a tannery and fur maker, Chapal's reputation slowly grew within France. They open their first Parisian atelier in the 1850's, in Montreuil, and create a new technique to treat fur, mostly by tanning the leather with Colza oil. In 1878, Chapal was decorated with the Gold Medal at the Paris World Fair, followed by another in 1889. In 1881, Chapal story expands to the United States with a new manufacture in Brooklyn. When WW1 starts, Chapal creates leather jackets for pilots like the ace George Guynemer. This will become their core product by the 1930's, notably their iconic B3 Bombardier leather jacket during WW2. By 1945, Chapal is renowned for the quality of their hides and furs. They sublime products such as rabbit fur so that they ressemble more luxurious items like otter, insulate sheep fur, and create water-repellent for leather. In 1968, the company becomes the official maker for the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, and their creation are used by Parisian Haute-Couture like Christian Dior and Yves Saint-Laurent. Their technique to laminate leather jackets, known as Chapalac, become a best-seller. In 1982, with its sixth-generation, Chapal decides to produce leather goods under its own name, inspired by the history of aviation and automobile. Jean-Paul Belmondo and his son Paul became important patrons. Today, Chapal is still making some of the best leather in the world, both ready-to-wear and bespoke, with appointment at their shop Rue de Rivoli. I propose an iconic piece by Chapal: their black USAAF leather jacket. Inspired by the US Air Force Type A2 leather jacket and the US Navy G1 jacket of WW2, it is the perfect example of a flight jacket and Chapal best-seller. Lined with cotton gabardine, it features a detachable sheep fur collar, brass zip fastener made in Switzerland by Riri, a sublime glossy leather and quilted leather belt. It is perfect from Autumn to Spring, as a statement piece for the week-end, and is in excellent condition. The USAAF flight jacket is best fitted for someone with a 38UK/48FR size, around 1m75 to 1m80. Here are the measurements: Shoulders: 46cm Sleeve length: 64cm Chest: 55cm Waist at button: 54cm Jacket length: 64cm (collar included) Collar: 10cm Quality similar to the following houses: Aero Leather Clothing, Balmain, DROMe, Gucci, Hermès, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Séraphin, The Real McCoys, Tom Ford, Valstar, Zilli Possible to try it in Paris 15th Arrondissement.
UK size: 38
Length: Long, Regular