HOW LEATHER JACKETS ARE MADE

Aero’s leather jackets are among the best in the world. They’ve even been worn by Hollywood actors and other A-list celebrities. But how exactly do we make our globally-renowned leather jackets? Read on to find out!
Making one of our legendary Aero leather jackets involves a number of steps. This process has been perfected over many years, and every step has been fine-tuned to make the finished jacket as durable and as good-looking as possible.

Cutting & Sewing

There is no production line here at Aero – every single leather jacket is made from start to finish by an individual machinist, each taking immense pride in his or her work. Similarly, every Aero jacket is individually cut and perfectly matched. We never cut (nor sew) a batch of sleeves, collars or patch pockets ready to add to the rest of the jacket as part of a production line; even though it's a much more economical way to work, the risk of mismatched panels is high when compared to a jacket where each panel is matched to the next during cutting and these are kept together during the entire manufacturing process.

Needles & Stitch Size

We choose the optimum stitch size for the type and weight of leather being used, it takes 5 seconds to change the stitch size on an industrial sewing machine, each machinist resets the stitch size on his or her machine for each change in hide. While the largest stitch size we use is smaller than was average during the Golden Age of jacket making and we use a smaller stitch on our thinner hides, we will never use a stitch size so small that the perforations made by the needle are so close together that they risk the leather tearing along the stitch line under stress like on a sheet of postage stamps.

Thread

We use a heavy-duty cotton thread with a poly core for extra strength. Forty years of restoring vintage leather jackets have shown us that the weakest point is invariably the rotting pure cotton thread. We also use a heavy-duty spearpoint leather needle to sew our jackets. The shape of the needle point prevents fraying and thread breakages during manufacture and later during wear. A thinner needle and cotton thread is perfectly OK in lighter weight leathers, but using this combination in our heavy leathers gives a far higher risk of broken needles and broken thread during manufacture. Although this is easy to repair invisibly, it can leave your leather jacket with a hidden weak spot.

Glue

We never use glue to pre-set the fold of the hem or the front edges of the jacket alongside the zipper in preparation for topstitching. This seems quite popular amongst current Japanese manufacturers. Although this makes for a much simpler top stich when finishing the jacket, if that jacket ever needs relining or a new zipper fitted, the glue residue makes the job anything from much more difficult to damn near impossible!

Buttons & Buttonholes

All of our buttons are hand-sewn with a bound stem, Savile Row style. We would never consider using a button sewing machine – pull one loose thread on a button attached by machine, and the thread unwinds and the button falls off. All our buttonholes are traditionally sewn on a Reece 101 Keyhole Button Hole machine

Skiving

We never skive seams. While skiving (shaving thickness from the underside of the leather) admittedly may make a neater seam, the combination of a small stitch size on a skived seam creates a potential weak point. Some makers are skiving leather that is already thinner than ours.



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