We have offered a 1950s Half Belt since the very earliest days of Aero, indeed the first Horsehide jacket we ever made was a 1950s Half Belt. For the last decade or so we've also offered a much slimmer fitting 1930s Half Belt, so the obvious progression was a 1940s version, a jacket that bridges the gap between the typical earlier and later versions.
The Pioneer is that 1940s Half Belt, a fairly new Aero design that was originally only available in Kudu. Unfortunately the Kudu hides proved uneconomical, due to heavy scarring from their days in the African Bush resulting in huge wastage in cutting. The Pioneer style, however, proved to be very popular and we've re-introduced it in Horsehide for Autumn delivery.
The cut of the Pioneer is closer to the 1950's style, offering more room for layering than the 1930s Half Belt but retaining the button cuffs from that very popular jacket The 1940s jacket is slightly longer than our 1930s version and has the most detailed back of the three, with a yoke and inverted pleat above the classic half belt. The front is two piece with a high yoke which is typical of the era.
The Pioneer is fitted with a period style Talon zipper, our new improved cinch belt buckles and a stunning flecked English Tweed all wool lining, again very true to the type used in the 1940s. For ease of use the sleeves are lined in cotton drill
This style is also available in a Wool & Leather combination.
Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order