• Replica of the 1950’s Rivett’s Highwayman
• 1950's style
• Relaxed fit
• Zip closure
• Front yoke
• Zip pockets
• Zip sleeves
• Single point rear yoke
• Side adjusting straps at waist level
• Pictured left in Soft Grainy Steerhide
As the Highwayman name is a registered trademark owned by Aero, over the years we always meant to make a proper replica of the original Rivetts jacket and now we are proud to introduce a proper replica using only British manufacturing techniques.
There were many subtle variations to the Rivetts version, rather that recreate any one particular example we put all the best features of the 50's originals together to produce the quintessential British Bike Jacket. For our new jacket, we have chosen a soft but thick British Steerhide as standard instead of the Lambskin used on most of the originals which had a rather limited lifespan - but that's about the only concession we've made. And, as our leather closely resembles the sadly missed Connolly hide we used in the 1980s, we are sure everyone will find that a positive rather than a negative.
Our version uses ball and chain zippers in the two side pockets and like most versions of the original we've used the same zippers in the cuffs. For a neater look these are fitted in the seam rather than in the more common position in middle of the top sleeve, we've used pronged side buckles in an original 50's design, a proper recreation of the earliest of the original front zippers used by Rivetts which is top stitched in the old British style with the zipper teeth exposed and the classic double stitched collar with a sharp point. The fit of the jacket, although similar to the Aero Highwayman, is based on the Rivetts jacket, it's about 1" shorter than our famous version and is slimmer at the waist.
Finally, to pay homage those who grew up wearing a Rivetts Highwayman we've decide to call our recreation "The 59'er Highwayman", 59 in respect of the "59 Club" members for whom a Highwayman was virtually de rigueur and 59 because, we suppose, 1959 was probably the heyday of this style.
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, this jacket’s side adjusters are close to the hem and can be cinched in or out to achieve a more relaxed/fitted look around the hips.
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.