Quarter Chrome Tanned Horsehide used in the construction of
Aero Leather jackets was favored by manufacturers during pre-war
years after the introduction, in the 1950's, of a law prohibiting
horses being slaughtered for leather, hides became a scarce
commodity and therefore expensive, resulting in tanneries phasing
out horsehide production in favor of the more readily available
hides such as steer.
restrictions dictate that the slaughter of equine for hides
was not permitted and as such the sourcing of hides must be
from animals that have died from natural causes. This makes
horsehide very scarce and as a consequence rare, which makes
for an expensive raw material.
research, Aero managed to source the only tannery based in the
States still capable of producing this unique hide to the original
specifications, although today quality hides suitable for this
type of tanning are still very scarce and so availability is
very limited due to the fact that all our chrome tanned leather
is sourced from natural death horses with no slaughter
of Aero is of the highest standard, the very best leather, selected
and quality inspected by our technicians before they hand cut
each individual panel. Then the lining is, again, carefully
hand cut either from Alpaca wool, tweed, tartan, wool or silk.
The leather panels and lining are then passed on to one of our
sewing specialists who, on a traditional walking foot matching
begins the process of constructing the item using stitching
that is 3.25 times stronger than required. Once the item is
built the specialist then puts his/her name to it and hands
it to our Quality Inspector for the 28 point inspection that
every item must undergo before leaving the premises.
rigid initially, an Aero jacket will, with wear, soften and
mold to you own body shape, making it your very own unique and
personal property. Also, through use your Aero leather jacket
will acquire a patina of age, giving it character of its own
which will distinguish it from any other jacket and look even
better the more it is worn.
care and attention to detail that is applied to our Horsehide
garments can also be found in our new 3oz Vegetable Tanned Steerhide
range of jackets.