Billy Joel shows off the lining of his own Ace Cafe Hammersmith jacket last Friday during a private tour of the Ace ahead of his performance in Orlando. An avid motorcyclist, Joel loaned his Royal Enfield to Ace. The store is currently under construction and will open in spring 2017 in Orlando.
What comes to mind when you think of a classic leather motorcycle jacket? Perhaps it lies in the selection in Ace Cafe's latest leather motorcycle jacket lineup, specifically the Hammersmith jacket.The lineup was launched in conjunction with the brand's opening of the first North America Ace Cafe location. Piano man Billy Joel took a tour of the location and showed off his Hammersmith leather jacket before he performed in Orlando.
The Hammersmith jacket is the hallmark of the latest leather jacket lineup that pays homage to the famous London-based motor-diner, which has served as a beacon to motorcyclists and rockers alike for decades. In fact, it was at Ace Cafe London where "ton-up boys—and girls" hugely influenced the cafe racer culture.
"The Ace Cafe has become a global cultural phenomenon over the course of its 79-year history," explains Mark McKee, chief gear head of Ace North America. "Leather is a key part of the motorcycle story, so we're bringing six new leather jacket styles to market here in North America in conjunction with the opening of our first U.S. location."
For generations, Ace Cafe London has been the gathering place for those passionate about the rock 'n' roll culture and a love of fast-moving metal and the Hammersmith is looking to bring that era back.
The Hammersmith jacket, the hallmark of the new Ace Cafe Leather collection, is a classic leather motorcycle jacket for avid riders and motorcycle enthusiasts like Billy Joel.
Blending the best features of a traditional naval pea coat with a classic motorcycle jacket, the Hammersmith is made from full-weight, 1.2mm drum-dyed top grain cowhide. A riding jacket first, the cafe racer-positioned sleeves are rotated 15 degrees forward at the shoulder, the dropped back offers full coverage for all riding positions, and armor-friendly pockets are incorporated at the joints and back. Zip-up collars offer full wind protection when doing "the ton". The Hammersmith's Union Jack lining even offers zippered access so that wearers can personalize the jacket with their own unique combination of patches, pins, and studs. The Hammersmith is available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL, and retails for $649.95 (includes a three-year warranty).
For more information visit store.acecafeusa.com.
Also, be sure to visit the Ace Cafe Orlando which is scheduled to open spring 2017 on a three-acre parcel in downtown Orlando.