East West Musical Instruments Co.

Anyone who was anyone in the 1970’s owned an East West Musical Instruments Co. jacket. Although the company had nothing to do with music, it allowed rockers to notice the quality by its name. Owned by Norman Stubbs and David Warren, they not only made leather jackets, but also belts and other leather goods. Worn by Janis Joplin, Iggy Pop, Elvis, Carlos Santana, and even Bruce Springsteen, these jackets are known for their great quality and uniqueness. In the late 70’s, East West Musical Instruments Co. changed their name to East West Leather, which is obviously less of a mouthful, and products can be found by both names. Just like anything else popular, this style of jacket was mimicked by designers such as Balenciaga in 2010, and Miu Miu in 2011. Urban Outfitters even tried doing their own rendition of the jacket but the quality difference is very noticeable. Many of those who worked for this company own jackets today that they made themselves, valuing up to $5,000, and if you look at photos of the jackets, you can see that they all belong in the same family. We hope that the history of this jacket means as much to you as it meant to the people who wore it before you. Rock on!

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From left to right: Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin

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