1950s Half Belt
• Classic 1950s cut
• Relaxed fit
• Zip closure
• Angled chest pocket
• Two moleskin lined hand-warmer pockets
• Side adjusters
• Pleated half belt back
• Storm cuffs as standard
The Half Belt is the classic zippered civilian jacket, the third style ever produced by Aero following the Type A-2 and The Highwayman. From the start of the 1930's, when the first zippered leather jackets were made, to end of the 1950's, half belted horsehide jackets were produced by countless local producers across North America.
The Aero 1950s Half Belt features a pleated back with false half belt and side adjusting straps, a central zipper and a zippered breast pocket, with two slash hand warmer pockets. Inside pockets available as an optional extra. It has typical American storm cuffs and internal storm cuffs provide extra protection against the elements. The fact so many of these jackets still exist today, many still in eminently wearable condition, is a tribute to their manufacturer and the fact that they were made using US Chrome Tanned Front Quarter Horsehide.
Aero continue this great tradition by choosing the finest US Horsehide and equalling, even excelling, the manufacturing standards of the 30's and 40's. We have taken the best elements from the countless jackets that have passed through our hands over the years to recreate this 1950s classic. Slimmer fitting versions based on 1930s originals are also available.
This jacket is a 1950s inspired design which offers a fit with quite a bit of room around the body which was typical of the more relaxed fitting styles of this era.
The perceived ‘correct’ fit of the 1950s was generally more ‘oversized’ than modern sizing, so we typically recommend either selecting your usual size for this style to achieve the intended ‘1950s’ relaxed fit, although many choose to size down for a more modern fitted look.
Additionally, the jacket’s side adjusters can be cinched in at the natural waist to provide a more fitted look around the waist while retaining room around the chest and shoulders, or alternatively, they can be loosened out to provide more room for layering.
Don’t worry, all sizing information displayed here is only a guide. Every order placed is checked over by a member of our production team who will confirm your size selection against your measurements or recommend any necessary changes that need to be made. If you have any specific queries, you can note these in the special instructions box on the ‘measurements’ page when placing your order.