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2nd September 2013

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Belstaff original Trailmaster Jackets from the 1950s and 1970s. Made in Stoke-on-Trent.


Belstaff was founded in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son-in-law Harry Grosberg in Staffordshire.

It was the first company to use waxed Egyptian cotton to produce all-weather jackets for motorcyclists.

Wax cotton was a traditional maritime fabric, durable and resistant to poor weather and originally used for ships’ sails and dockers’ rain-wear. 

Belstaff’s garments, goggles and gloves became beloved of bikers, aviators and adventurers worldwide.  T.E. Lawrence, Steve McQueen and Che Guevara all wore Belstaff.

Belstaff still continues to source fabrics from the British Millerain Co, suppliers to the British Army for more than a century.  

The Malenotti family now own the brand. Grandfather Maleno Malenotti was an italian film producer and contemporary of Fellini’s. Maleno’s son Franco was a motorcycle designer, champion rider and Belstaff wearer who was invited to work for the company as a designer in 1986. He rescued the brand when the business fell into financial difficulties in 1990s and moved and rebuilt the company in Venice, Italy. 

Two of the labels above feature Sammy Miller MBE- 11 time British Trails Champion, European and International 6 Days Trial Winner. Miller also raced Grand Prix and isle of Man TT in the 1950s.
The Belstaff ‘Sammy Miller’ Replica vintage waxed Jacket has an authentic moleskin lining and is based on his 1955 original.
As nice as a new one is, an old battered one takes some beating.

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