Authentic RARE 1960s North Beach Leather Whipstitched Pants
North Beach Leather pants are the holy grail of all leather pants- there have been many copies over the years but NOTHING beats the original! Brit is an avid collector of these pants and if these were her size they would stay with her forever. These beauties feature: buttery soft-as-can-be brown leather, slightly lighter contrast brown stitching, a lace-up front, brown braided cord, flared legs, and raw hem. Brit has two pairs of her own and cherishes them more than anything else in her closet. These are ultra rare and so hard to come by, not to mention they will only get more valuable over time!! Read on for some awesome info on the backstory of Michael Hoban, the first designer for NBL:
"In 1967, the small shop was moved into the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district, from which they took the name–North Beach Leather. Soon, they opened another in Berkeley, CA. As the center of the counterculture, Berkeley in the 1960s provided the perfect atmosphere for Hoban’s design. As his custom business began to expand, so did his list of clients. He made clothes for Black Panthers Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver and for many members of the Hell’s Angels. Elvis Presley came into the shop and spent $38,000 on an order of leather capes, pants, and jackets. Many other celebrities shopped at North Beach Leather, including Elton John, who bought a rainbow fringe jacket, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who purchased a red, white, and blue Captain America outfit. Hoban soon designed custom leather ensembles for popular recordings artists such as the Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, and Tina Turner."
A few marks and discolorations as photographed but overall in great condition for their age. The leather is BUTTERY soft- absolutely no dry, cracked, or stiff areas.
Brand: North Beach Leather, Hand Crafted in Mexico
Fiber Content: Leather (most likely deer or buckskin)
Measurements laying FLAT:
Waist: 15" laced at their tightest. Can be opened up to 16.5" with back panel behind laces still giving full coverage (double these measurements for full circumference)
Hips: 19 (double this measurement for full circumference)
Side Seam Length: 40.5"
Check measurements! The leather is very soft and thin and will form to your body beautifully! Model is 5'9" and wears a size 26 in jeans. These fit loose in the waist.
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