We are immensely proud to introduce our "All New" 1930s Highwayman, a "back to the future" version of our original classic.
Back in the early 1980s when we first designed the original, and now legendary, Aero Leather "Highwayman" we had no idea how often it would be copied, there is hardly a leather company on the planet who hasn't made a version, some good, some awful but none have ever quite nailed it. Although we have often been asked for a slimmer version, we've always felt this would compromise the original cut, after all there's a lot more to designing a slim cut Highwayman than giving what is essentially a typical 1950s pattern a tweak here and there.
When our original was designed we set out to make a jacket that in every way looked as if it was an American Horsehide jacket designed and made during the 1950s, to change the profile would be to lose the authenticity of the jacket. The only way to achieve the slim cut look was to go back a further 20 years and design a new "Highwayman" as if it was an early 1930s jacket. We took our new Premier pattern block with it's high cut armholes, slimmed down sleeves and classic Pre War profile, made minor changes to the panel configuration, we raised and reshaped the back yoke, dipped the front slightly, substantially restyled the collar, fitted more typical 1930s button cuffs with period Corozo buttons instead of the standard 1950s false cuff used on our original, and finished off the 1930s make over by fitting a period style riveted Hookless grommet zipper and a Japanese made replica of the classic 30s looped pocket zipper.
Although we say so ourselves, the new Highwayman looks and fits exactly how we visualise it would have looked had it been designed in 1931.
The first sample (pictured) is constructed in our new Vegetable tanned Goatskin, one of the most typical leathers used for such a jacket back in the day. That said by 1930 Front Quarter Horsehide was fast becoming the leather of choice in USA for such jacket so our new 1930s Highwayman will also be available in our legendary Chromexcel Heavy Front Quarter Horsehide, a leather exclusive to Aero and not available from any other jacket manufacturer. Recommended lining for period accuracy would be Tartan or Alpaca Wool but whatever the body lining choice, we recommend that the sleeves are lined in cotton drill for ease of wear. The two deep hand-warmer pockets are lined in heavy moleskin for durability and comfort.