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Belstaff was founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son in law Harry Grosberg in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Here Belstaff created the first ever waterproof and breathable fabric, a waxed cotton, with which they specialised in producing their all-weather motorbike jackets. Naturally progressing into making technical garments which were windproof, waterproof and capable of withstanding heavy friction, they were the pioneers for the rapidly growing trend of aviators and bikers alike.
With patrons such as thirties motocross legend Sammy Miller, the revolutionary Che Guevara, the desert legend Lawrence of Arabia and film idol Steve McQueen, the jacket became a legendary fashion icon. Belstaff's devoted following continues to this day including George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and David Beckham.
Vintage Belstaff jackets are now extremely collectable. First came the Belstaff Trialmaster jacket worn by biking legends such as Sammy Miller (who won a record 1,250 victories). Then, in 1943, came the Black Prince motorcycle jacket, of which more than 40,000 were produced.
To find out more about Belstaff, read our feature about the history, heritage and celebration of their 90 years in production. Take a look at the video for David Beckham for Belstaff over in the Coggles LIFE section here.
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