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 brown winter Roadster leather jacket. Inspired by the 1950's civilian version of a WW2 aviator jacket, the Roadster is a classic. Lined with sheep fur, it features a brass zip fasteners 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. Tagged Medium, the Roadster is best fitted for someone with a strong 38/48UK or a slim 40/50UK size, around 1m75. Here are the measurements: Shoulders: 46cm Sleeve length: 58cm Chest: 52cm Waist at button: 53cm Jacket length: 61cm (collar included) Collar: 10cm Quality similar to the following houses: Aero Leather Clothing, Balmain, DROMe, Hermès, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Séraphin, The Real McCoys, Valstar Possible to try it in Paris 15th Arrondissement.
UK size: 38