CHP Custom Configuration
A classic, sought
after, late 1940s police horsehide motorcycle jacket
from the Golden Age of American rugged leather
jackets. Cops are wearing similar jackets when they
corner Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) at the conclusion
of the great WHITE HEAT (1949): "Top of the world,
Ma!" If you haven't seen this one, run out and rent
it! (Also Anthony Mann's less well known noir classic HE
WALKED BY NIGHT (1948)).
All the desirable features in one classic: Extended,
reinforced kidney panel; adjustable laced waist,
leather badge mount; adjustable snap collar (to
display his uniform shirt and tie when he pulled you
over -- ah, those were the days; cops had a bit
of style and decorum); snap epaulets; zippered sleeves with
interior shearling wrist warmers. In famous LOST
WORLDS Heavyweight 4+ oz. Chrome-Tanned, Drum-Dyed
BLACK HORSEHIDE. Pure heavyweight Nylon Satin Lining
(not a polyester; no frizzing and premature wear);
100% Cotton Railroad Stripe or Drill Interlining for increased
wind resistance; Heavyweight Brass Talon
Zipper. Optional custom HORSEHIDE belt (police
originally supplied their own gun belts).
workmanship without any equal, including
originals. Like opening a time capsule. Collectors who
know and covet original horsehide motorcycle jackets
are amazed. Those who don't know ask, "Were they
supposed to be this heavy?" !!!! Indeed they were.
Light ain't right! And customers who want lightweight,
pre-softened jackets aren't our customers. And weren't
riders then, when these jackets and their men burned
the roads. Throughout this site we make reference to
the amazing stories we hear of riders involved in
mishaps with their LOST WORLDS jackets and the
astonishing protection and reduction of injury
afforded by our hides and construction. Our jackets
are equipment, not fashion. And bargains at the price,
improving, not failing, with age. Becoming even more
beautiful, cooler, with each wearing, a nice secondary
benefit after their protective capabilities.
Made at our own NYC factory, of course, as
every LOST WORLDS is.
"I did receive
my 4+ oz. horsehide Californian Highway Patrol
Motorcycle jacket yesterday (very fast delivery by
It sure was expensive, especially
since I live in Sweden (!!! I had to pay 30 %
extra in Swedish import tax etc. on the total),
but it was nevertheless worth every cent.
The jacket sure is tailored for me, and without or
together with the custom made removable mouton
collar; itís a piece of art.
radiates brutal strength but still is beautiful;
like a black stallion.
It fits me like I
wanted, not too big (I can use it with just a
shirt), but big enough to wear a heavy sweater
and/or a vest under it when itís cold.
appreciate that itís made of very heavy HH-leather
Great thanks to all of you at LW,
and extra lot of thanks to Stuart who was very
helpful and also to the skilled guys/ladies who
made my jacket!"
"Hi just wanted
to share a couple of pictures of my
California highway patrol jacket rode more
than 20,000 miles in it and still getting
stronger. Sincerely, L.A.
Highway Patrol Black Horsehide Motorcycle Jacket
w/ Optional Horsehide Belt