Belstaff is pleased to announce its partnership with Vestiaire Collective on the exclusive sale of ten of its iconic wax cotton Trialmaster jackets from the Archive.
Following 30 months of careful curation, Belstaff first revealed a selection of its 93 year leather archive to the public during February’s London Fashion Week at the New Bond Street Flagship. This April sees the first reveal of the wax cotton Archive, in celebration of the current ‘Fit for Purpose’ campaign championing Belstaff’s technological advances in weather proofing garments since 1924, protecting you to venture free in all weather.
The Belstaff Archive has now grown to an incredible 150 pieces, covering the most significant and prolific of the brand’s themes, namely aviation, military, naval and moto in preparation for the brands centenary celebration in 2024. The current exhibition on show includes a 1930s vulcanized rubber motorcycle coat, yellow oilskin ‘Speedway’ capes made for spectators at the races in the 1940s, cotton gabardine mountain parkas from the 1940s and 1970s and a shell mountain parka co-designer by mountaineer Chris Bonnington, who worked with Belstaff from 1976 to 1978 on the ‘Great British Weatherproofs’ line of clothing.
The exhibition also showcases some of the first generation Trialmasters from the 1960s and 1970s including unique colour versions and an emerald waxed cotton two-piece, worn by legendary motorcyclist Sammy Miller to a number of victories. The now iconic wax four pocket jacket design was trademarked by Belstaff in 1969, as the style was adopted by more of the biking community, becoming as much a part of the bike scene as the bikes themselves.
The Vestiaire Collective partnership is a celebration of the Trialmaster jacket design and the first time Belstaff has sold any of the curated archive with a partner. Vestiaire Collective, launched in 2009, is now a global destination for the resale of desirable and premium luxury and vintage fashion for men and women, with over six million members in 50 countries. The two brands have worked together to develop and restore the vintage items for sale alongside The Vintage Showroom, the curator of the Belstaff archive.
The 10 Trialmaster wax cotton jackets are now on sale on the site and will be available to view at the Belstaff New Bond Street flagship. The jackets range from the 60s to the 70s, a specifically sought after era. Each jacket has an oily hand waxed patina giving them their waterproofing properties. The slanted pocket from the original 50’s design was adapted in the 70s to a horizontal design for a more modern interpretation. The jackets have the Belstaff check lining, with some still displaying vintage badges from Goodyear or BSA pins from their original owners, while two of the jackets are in hard to find rare red wax, all with individual wear and weathered distinctions on the fabrics. All proceeds from the sales will go towards future purchases to help grow and sustain the Archive.
Bertrand Thoral, Head of Vestiaire Collective Man says of the partnership, ‘From the very beginning, we wanted to build the brand DNA of Vestiaire Collective Man not just around men's fashion, but around the lifestyle of a style savvy man that enjoys rare and timeless investments such as vintage cars, watches and custom motorcycles.
I feel Belstaff share a similar vision so when the opportunity to collaborate with them on their archive collection came up there was no hesitation, its an honour and an amazing opportunity to give our global community access to Belstaff's archive and share a part of the brands history.’
Delphine Ninous, Creative Director, Belstaff say of the partnership ‘Our archive is not only a fantastic design reference it also showcases our legacy. It’s great to offer the Vestiaire Collective style conscious community the opportunity to purchase these one of a kind jackets and we hope it introduces Belstaff to a new audience, who appreciate craftsmanship and long lasting heritage.’
Belstaff is a modern British heritage brand steeped in the spirit of adventure, protecting independent spirits to venture free. In Belstaff, the fearless explorer and the stylish alike will discover clothing for a contemporary lifestyle influenced by Belstaff’s rich 93 year history, yet firmly rooted in the present and forever forward-looking.
Belstaff is headquartered in London and showrooms reside there and in New York, Milan and Munich. Belstaff is currently sold through its flagship on New Bond Street, and twelve stores in Europe, the United States and Asia, through select wholesale distribution worldwide and on www.belstaff.com
Vestiairecollective.com is the leading global marketplace for premium and luxury pre-owned fashion. The platform is unique due to its carefully curated catalogue of 600,000 desirable items, that once sold are expertly checked for 100% quality and authenticity. Launched in Paris in October 2009, Vestiairecollective.com has over 6 million fashion savvy members across 50 countries worldwide with offices in Paris, London, New York, Milan and Berlin. 30,000 new items are submitted by our community of sellers every week, which enables buyers to hunt amongst over 3,200 coveted and must have fashion pieces a day, ensuring that Vestiaire Collective is the go to site for an exciting unique shopping experience.
For more information please contact:
Belstaff: Holly.Robinson@belstaff.com +44 203 2052946