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Text:Andrew Bunney Photo:Tommy Translation:Mayumi Horiguchi
Known for their distinctive motorbike jackets, Lewis Leathers is one of the UK’s
most enduring clothing companies - having survived wars, dramatic changes in
social history and the winds of fashion for nearly 120 years.
At its height in the 1970s, Lewis Leathers had six shops nationwide in Sheffield,
Birmingham and London. The stores offered boots, accessories and
made-to-measure leather jackets but by 1986 all had closed. Remaining as a
made-to-order business for many years, Lewis Leathers have recently opened a
new London shop close to the original address.
Family-owned until 1981 when the company changed hands, the helm eventually
fell to Derek Harris. Harris has been the owner of Lewis Leathers since 2003
although his involvement with the brand stretches back some 20 years.
Growing up with Punk as a teenager, Harris has seen and been involved with a
number of youth cults and London scenes. He was instrumental in introducing
a number of classic UK brands to Japan in the 1990s. Although his involvement
with Lewis Leathers started as a customer, his passion and obsession led him to
research the true company history, the products’ evolution and Lewis Leathers’
significance in UK motorcycling and fashion culture.
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