Brooks Leathers, Not Brooks Bros, Celebrates 55 Years of Its Classic 511C Jacket

John Burns
by John Burns

You want retro? Brooks Leathers has been producing the 511C jacket continuously since 1962.


Press Release:

Plymouth, MA – April 18, 2017 — Brooks Leather Sportswear celebrates the 55th anniversary of their popular 511C premium cowhide motorcycle jacket.

Brooks Leather has a longstanding tradition of making classic motorcycling jackets for almost 60 years. Made in the USA from the highest quality leather the jackets are built to last. “Our philosophy is that these leather jackets are something to treasure and pass on. The iconic Brooks 511C leather jacket is the real deal, authentic down to the last stitch,” says Jamie Goodson, owner of Brooks Leather Sportswear.

Brooks was founded by Sandor Weiss, a Hungarian immigrant and shoe maker. Brooks started in Detroit in 1959 as a subcontractor for the Joseph Bugleisen Company (Buco). Sandor’s entrepreneurial drive created an enduring legacy spanning 55 years of a family run motorcycle leather company. Their first release was the style 511 “Road Warrior” jacket, which is still manufactured by Brooks today.

“The 511C is the original rider’s jacket with a timeless style,” said Jamie Goodson. “Made right here in the USA, this premium cowhide leather jacket has a full action back, a zip out insulated liner plus two zippered outside pockets and one inside pocket.”

Goodson still has the first PJ27 jacket Brooks Leather made, proudly displayed in their showroom. The 511C was introduced in 1962, and it’s been a mainstay in the Brooks Leather collection for fifty-five years now.

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About Brooks Leather
Made in the USA since 1959, Brooks Leather Sportswear’s line of motorcycle apparel includes their old-school classics as well as new styles in imported gloves, textiles, rain wear, and racing suits. Brooks Leather offers a 10% discount to all Union, AMA, and active Armed Forces members. Brooks Leather quality leather sportswear can found through their national dealer network or online at (877) 366-4659.

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