Diagonal front button-up Automobile Coat inspired by the American horsehide coats designed to be worn for warmth when traveling in cars and motorcycles in the 1920s and 1930s. It has two front slash pockets, button back straps, nut buttons and is made from vegetable-tanned horsehide leather dyed using ancient mud dyeing technique from the island of Amami Oshima.
Leather jackets were initially developed in World War I to be worn by German fighter pilots. During the 1920s, they became fashionable, and the earliest example of a jacket designed for fashion was created by Irving Schott in 1928. Worn to keep people warm and protected, whilst they rode in automobiles and motorcycles, Taiga Takahashi found a 1930s example of a leather jacket through a vintage dealer in New York, U.S.A. Awed by the patina of the leather that had endured 90 years of wear, Takahashi wanted to create a jacket where the leather would grow to have a similar texture and depth. The Automobile Coat is made from vegetable-tanned horsehide leather and is dyed using ancient mud dyeing technique from the island of Amami Oshima. This process involves many steps, where the leather is steeped in a dye made from the bark of a tree and then buried in mud resulting in a deep earthy brown.