This jacket has an issue atm, which I am getting investigated, and hopefully remedied. BUT it is reflected in the current price if I cannot. If I can get it sorted the price will be raised as it truly is a fabulous sheepskin.
The colour is a very pale beige, with slightly darker fur on the inside and collar. Dates from the late 1970s, and likely UK made, it is a UK size 12. Though it is marked as a 14, you know vintage sizes are smaller. I am a size 6-8 and it is to big for me to model well but on a large UK 10 or a UK 12 this is going to fit beautifully as it is tailored and had a lovely flare out on the hips.
Now the issue is some marks on the sheepskin outer, which look like perhaps adhesive or wax that has made the coat slightly darker in patches. At first I thought they were just the marks where quality sheepskin has a slight nap and goes darer/lighter how your hand moves it. But no, they are there.
SoI am having a specialist look at it to see if these marks can be lifted in a no n abrasive manner. Because tbh, this would not put me off wearing it as otherwise it's immaculate. Normally these period sheepskins have been battered to hell and full of marks and stains as they were well worn on a daily basis back in the day and throughout the 80s too functionally for warmth. There is normally wear to the fur, and that worn fuzzy bobble effect replaces the soft virgin sheep fur. But this is pristine everywhere else and like it's just come from the shop. The buttons don't appear ever to have been done up, not even a grain of sand in the pockets, and no other visible sign of wear. I think it possible the marks were acquired in factory or shop and possibly was deadstock, second, or bought that way and never worn. There is no 'scuffing' to it at all so not the kind of marks picked up in a fall or the like.
It truly is exquisite as high a quality sheepskin I have seen of the period, and that pale beige is gorgeous.
As I say the slightly darker marks on sleeve and back wouldn't put me off wearing it as these jackets are made for knocking about at rural winter events like the races or walking the dogs, in the city on football terraces and out shopping and down the pub, or being the proverbial supportive soccer mum on the sidelines that cold sunday morning playing in the park. They are going to get marks on anyway over time all adds to the character of a vintage sheepskin.
So if interested let me know and I shall send close up photos of the marks. I haven't included atm as I am tentatively hopeful they can be lifted.
Very warm for practical winter wear these sheepskins can keep your body a toasty 75-80 degrees while in sub zero temperatures.
"Got a fur line sheepskin jacket...
My Ma says they cost a packet...
she always beat me at subbuteo...
cos she flicked to kick...
and I didn't know...."
So went the Undertones song, and these sheepskin jackets have a long history with football. The 1970s these jackets were worn by football managers, commentators, and wags as soccer is a winter game in the UK and the terraces and touchlines were cold and windy. Still are most levels.
Temperatures inside a sheepskin coat even in sub zero temperatures are 70-80 degrees. EVERYONE needs one atm especially if we are serious about reducing fossil fuel heat, and a quality new one is going to cost you in the region of a grand, and tbh probably not the quality and thick warmth of this one.
This one has the tailored fit and flares at the hips. The fur is soft and like new with little wear; sheepskin outer also supple 'spongey' and soft.
If you are a soccer mom, or a football fan stop shivering on the touchlines and terraces and get serious as Big Mal Malcolm Allison, Crystal Palace's 1970s manager famed for his sheepskin and perhaps team with a fedora for his 70s chic style!
Sheepskin jackets stormed in to popular fashion due to the like of Alain Delon in Once a Thief, Gina Lollobrigida, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw in the 1960s. The fact they were reassuringly expensive comparatively then, made them a status symbol but within reach of working class youth so they were appropriated first by Mods, then skinheads, then even punk: John Lydon of the Sex Pistols had one. So these 70s styles have an 'Edge' the urban middle class can't buy so they were sneered at by the mid 80s and Del Boy and bookies wives became associated: but that's not going to wash nowadays ...it's just inverted snobbery. For as well as the working class aspirational, and the would be cowboys and girls, the well heeled also wore them: David Nicholson for eg the racehorse trainer was famed for his: he had at least 3 slightly different styles: and you need such winter racing if you want to be close to the action. These are warm practical and stylish; and if you turn your nose up at them you will never have any understanding of style or 'edge'....so off you go shiver in your synthetic anoraks Mr & Mrs Clean.
Half belt at the back makes for figure flattery too.
No marks or issues I can see....lovely jubilee as Del would have said. They are back in style and especially worn by women wags or soccer moms, as the England women's team have brought football home. Expect to see these on the touchlines & terraces again this year. It's our game now.
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