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What Makes a Vanson

Leather is the oldest continuously used material known to man. Its use pre-dates recorded history and though the processes used to preserve it have changed over time it has never been improved on as a clothing material. The leather jacket as we know it started as a utilitarian garment designed for work and combat. After use in two world wars it became powerfully invested with the psychological and social significance it carries with it today. Leather jackets were an integral part of the uniforms of many armies and after WWII there was a proliferation of surplus jackets available to the public. During this time the leather jacket retained its symbolic association with the warriors who brought them back and into the mainstream. Soon, the adventurers who adopted them after the war became highly stylized individuals in contrast with the uniformed legions of just a few years before. After violent tours of duty, many men returning from WWII were unable to re-enter the mainstream of American life. With a surplus leather jacket, a disaffected attitude and a motorcycle, a legend was born.

The Vanson PhilosophyLadies Comet

No Compromises

The quest for excellence and perfection never ends.  We continue to create a new standard with every Vanson Product.  Every Vanson product is as unique as your own bike.  Our workers make sure that your jacket has the fit and the finish that will distinguish you from the crowd. Perhaps that is why you can spot a Vanson garment in a crowd of hundreds. And, we will continue to make the most innovative and unique products for years to come. Your investment in a genuine Vanson will make even more sense in 10 years: you'll still be wearing it!

That is what we call "heirloom quality" garments.

That is the heart and soul of Vanson.

From Race Track to The Street

The Birth of a Vanson ProductThe Falcon cordura jacket

Motorcycles racing is a great proving ground for any motorcycle product. If it can withstand the punishing rigors of the race track it will provide years of enjoyment on the street. Every Vanson garment has passed this critical "track test".

Steve AsplandThere is only one grade of leather that Vanson uses: Competition Weight Leather of our own special tannage. Some of the other guys say that's what they use, but a micrometer and abrasion testing would prove otherwise!

Put on a Vanson leather and feel the weight of the Top Grain Cowhide and the graceful geometry that makes a Vanson unique. We sweat the details.

That's why, everyday, the worlds top riders and club racers put their faith in Vanson Leathers. We think you should feel the same confidence on the street that the professionals feel on the track.