Imagine Steve McQueen, the “King of Cool”, riding on his Triumph motorcycle and wearing a Belstaff jacket. That image is exactly what Belstaff represents with their line of jackets for men and women. Belstaff was originally founded in 1924 in Longton, England, with the sole aim of manufacturing waterproof coats. Its founders were Harry Grosberg and his father-in-law Eli Belovitch; the name Belstaff was taken from the first syllable of Eli’s last name fused with the county their first factory would be based, Staffordshire.
Belstaff was the first company in the world to use a fabric that was completely breathable and waterproof: Egyptian Wax Cotton. Other companies such as Barbour would later copy and use the waxed cotton in their jackets and clothes; however, Belstaff was the first and their jackets were soon being used by motorcyclists for their waterproof protection and durability. This was the beginning of the biker and motorcyclist look that is still seen today, thanks in part to the many appearances of Belstaff jackets in Hollywood movies and on the shoulders of movie stars and style icons.
A Belstaff Jackets Original: The Trialmaster
One of the most popular, if not the most iconic Belstaff jacket, is the Trialmaster jacket. Introduced in 1948, it quickly became an instant favorite among motorcycle enthusiasts. Many famous people have worn this iconic jacket, including Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Sammy Miller, and Steve McQueen, among others. In fact, vintage Trialmaster jackets are highly sought after by collectors and the fashion set, in part because the original Trialmaster line was discontinued by Belstaff and has been replaced with a new, modern version of the jacket.
Steve McQueen in one of his Belstaff jackets
Steve McQueen in Belstaff
The iconic creation of the Trialmaster jacket inspired a series of legendary Belstaff jackets, each with their own heritage and history. The Roadmaster jacket is another popular and iconic jacket that has the same look and feel of the Trialmaster jacket, as well as the Panther jacket, worn by Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button, and the S Icon Blouson jacket, worn by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible III. Luckily, Belstaff has created a line of jackets that stay true to the companies legendary heritage: the Legends Collection.
Belstaff Jackets Legends Collection
The Legends Collection is a classic line of jackets that form the foundation of the Belstaff line. Each jacket is made with the motorcyclist in mind, and every piece is made with the same ergonomic elements that made the original Trialmaster a legendary classic. The Legends Collection lives on in the spirit of the adventures, trials, and achievements of those that wore them. The men’s collection features four jackets: the Roadmaster jacket, the Trialmaster jacket, the S Icon Blouson jacket, and the Panther Jacket. The women’s collection is made up of three jackets: the Roadmaster jacket, the Triumph jacket, and the Trialmaster jacket.
Today, Belstaff has evolved into a luxury heritage label with a full line of clothing, apparel, and accessories, including their line of 30+ classic and stylish jackets for both men and women. What makes Belstaff different from other luxury labels is the practicality that comes from being born out of motorcycle leathers, which is a very utilitarian product. Belstaff jackets combine classic style with high quality materials such as leather, waxed cotton and nylon down with features like brass hardware and large pockets. The end result is streamlined and attractive jackets for men and women that will never go out of style.