Made by Portland-based Langlitz Leathers, this is a hard-to-find set of white leather motorcycle jacket and pants. This family-owned business was started in 1947 by a motorcycle enthusiast and glove-maker who was unhappy with the poor fit of mass-produced jackets. Thanks to this, Langlitz pieces are individualized pieces made for individual clients and are truly unique. On top of that, this set is in white and features the “Columbia”-style jacket: Asymmetrical brass zipper closures with wide fold-over collar, numerous pockets (please see detailed photos for views), including sleeves that conform to the wearer’s arms. The jacket and pants are both lined and have adjustable and lace-up features to ensure a good fit, as well as zippers to accommodate boots. A stunning piece of motorcycle wear and a little piece of one-of-a-kind Portland history! Please click here for all sizing and photographs.
Monster Vintage is so proud to have the largest selection of vintage Langlitz leather jackets for sale in the Northwest. We have been selling these extremely well-built and sturdy motorcycle jackets for over a decade to folks all over the world who understand that once you own a Langlitz, you own it for life. The history of Langlitz began right here in Portland, Oregon in 1947 by Ross Langlitz. Working out of his basement, Ross started building the jackets for himself and motorcycle-riding friends. After 40 years of making and selling the world’s finest motorcycle jackets, Ross retired with his wife to their beach house. One of Ross’ daughters took over the business and the magic of Langlitz has continued to flourish.
The jacket below is one our most prized pieces for sale currently. It is a rare green label from the 1950’s. It has all the extra features that have become standard on today’s jackets like belt loops on the back double thick rear kidney belt and semi-bi-swing back for comfortable movement. It is quite possible that this jacket was made by Ross himself, back during his basement days.
After a lifetime of obsessing over womens fashion, I found new life inside the warehouse walls at Monster Vintage and discovered the wide and stylish world of menswear. We sell pallets of vintage gear to fashion-forward men all over the globe and we’d like to think they’re all better looking for it. Since the general theme over here at MV is what goes around comes around, we love seeing yesteryear’s trends become well, trendy again. An editorial from February’s Tendencias magazine revealed so many summer prophecies, we couldn’t help but get excited.
First up, suspenders! In any color, any pattern and either worn properly or left to hang loosely at the sides, they look amazing with almost anything. Shoot for the authentic, vintage kind that have leather button loops as opposed to metal claps although those would suffice just fine as well. Super easy to dress them up with oxfords, blazers and slacks or down with Fruit Of The Loom tank tops and jean shorts. We just had a lad in the U.K. order a pair from us and I’m quite sure he’ll be stunning in them.
Next up, rolled cuff denim pants and shorts! Gotta love denim. Be it vintage Levi Strauss, LEE or Wrangler, dark, faded, chambray or distressed, it’s hard to go wrong. Until the weather is a bit warmer, cuff your pants James Dean style and pair with leather loafers (see photo above). When the temperature does rise, with your jeans on, mark a little line 2 to 3 inches below where you want the shorts to fall and cut off using sharp scissors. Then fold once or twice or thrice!
Last but not least, we have vests! Specifically, leather motorcycle style vests! We’re thrilled that everyone is wearing Rick Owens, his pieces are a nostalgic nod to vintage Schott, Harley-Davidson and our own locally-grown Langlitz Leathers. Asymmetrical zippers, thick extra padding and fringe – the more decoration, the merrier.