1980′s Archives

Jackie Amsterdam 1980 1_Snapseed

This is a flash from the past, I can’t remember exactly… I think it was 1980, it’s me modeling my leather for a magazine while I was visiting Amsterdam, it was my first European trip and it was very exciting, everyone abroad was loving seeing my leather work from Malibu CA. I actually sold most [...]

1980 White Leather Blouse and Mini Skirt

It’s not Throwback Thursday, but I thought it might be fun to post this Vintage Leather Waves photo from 1980 because white leather looks so great to wear in in the Summer,…no matter what year it is! And yes that’s me your “leather maker-truly”, just with my hair the color it used to be! White [...]

Emmylou & me

Received a lovely e-mail from Ms. Deborah Drennen today. She just purchased a jacket from the great and wonderful Emmylou Harris. I’d like to share our exchange which made me feel so honored. Seeing the many lives that a well-made leather jacket can give, is truly delightful to the maker! Hello Ms. Robbins, I recently [...]

1980 S 3

  Perhaps you’ll smile at this vintage Leather Waves photo from 1980. It reminds me of the Village People and Queen. Was a rocking time in music and fashion, Disco and all that. Made this leather “bronze” shoulder padded jacket and leather jeans, found this “hunky” guy to model it, and it did sell well!

1988 JS 2

  Vintage Leather Waves from 1988 shows “Malibu It Girl” J.S. wearing a suede bikini with suede fringe earrings and a white lambskin leather jacket. Hip length with rounded, padded shoulders, zippered front and pockets, stand-up collar and cuffs. All items custom made by Jackie Robbins. Hand-Painted photo by Jackie Robbins.— at Leather Waves Studio.

suede bikini

Swim suits that are mostly not for swimming but for merely looking good by the pool, beach or blue lagoon. We make them to order for a custom fit in leather or suede (chamoise suede is most popular), in combinations with beads, feathers, fringe and natural edged flaps, applique and patchwork…we even make swim trunks [...]

1987 Goat Suede Outfit

  Here’s a shot from a Leather Waves 1897 photo shoot at Corral Beach. The outfit was made from two colors of goat suede, Coral and Turquoise reminiscent of the Santa Fe look that was popular then and continues to be now. Harem pants, tank top with fringe and a tiny fitted sleeveless jacket to [...]

1985 NM:JM

  So adorable and cute, fun to look back on, N.M. and her daughter J.M. modeling a spring look for Leather Waves circa 1985. Leather, suede, satin, crinolin and knit comprise these custom outfits. Baby leather jean jacket and matching skirt, Womens casual 3/4 length sleeve leather jacket and matching ballerina skirt. Oh, and shoulder [...]

1984 JR London 3

  White leather and Spring in London 1984. Big yellow leather shopping bag, narrow and skinny leather jeans and leather jacket. Best stuff to travel with, count on looking great no matter where you go, or what shoes you pair it with. Lots of fun memories. You can still “get it”, custom made at Leather [...]

1980 RC White Leather

  Now this is the way to wear white leather in my humble opinion. Or, at least, the way we wore it in 1980. R.C. was my top male model model/muse (can a boy be a muse?), anyway I modeled all my male Leather Waves on him in those days. I mean….why wait for Memorial [...]

1983 JH 3

  Leather Waves circa 1983, with my old friend J.H. and sadly can’t remember the sexy redheads name….I was doing alot of pink leather at the time, it was kind of punk. He wears a pink leather double-breasted sportscoat with mother of pearl buttons, she wears a a zipp front hip length cocoon styled jacket [...]

1987 JH 3

    Leather Waves Vintage Picture of the Day…J.H. wearing a strapless leather dress with details including jeweled zipper and leather trimmed piping and side slash pockets. Leather clutch and darling Pug! Circa 1987

1982 Jackie in colorblock leather and suede dress

  Colorblock from the 1980′s…black and white is always so stunning in fashion, we see designers using it over and over, every few years. It’s a modern concept. That’s me in 1982, in my first store in the Malibu Country Mart, I do believe I could still wear that dress today! Black suede and white [...]

Celine Dion

This is one of my most valued celeb pictures of the incredible Ms. Celine Dion, I date this picture around 1989 and it was on her very first trip to the US that Celine discovered my shop while visiting Malibu. I made her a few things, one being this fashion motorcycle jacket in acid pink [...]

suede one-piece bathing suit on C.D. 1986

  This one piece suede swimsuit is sexy and soft, made of pale pink chamoise with braided ties and fringe details, the back is completely open, and the bottom low cut. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1986.

suede dress w:knit and cocoon jacket 1986

          Another classic sheath dress in auburn suede with knit insert neckline and knitted 3/4 sleeves. The Jacket is a style that we popularized called the Cocoon, with full sleeves, pleated to the wrist, with a full body that tapers to the thigh, with slash pockets and covered buttons, amber suede [...]

suede and knit dress on J.H. 1986

            Another one of our Suede Dresses combined with Knit. Classic sheath styling with matching suede belt. Luscious Lilac suede mixed with a textured deep v-neck knit insert. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1985.

white leather dress and bolero jacket 1985

            More white lambskin leather with the slightest finish and sheen, easy to wipe off and keep clean. Our bolero jacket with a simple white leather sleeveless dress that snaps up the front with our multi-concho 3″wide belt. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1985.

suede and knit dress 1985

            Another of our Suede and knit pieces. A maxi-length lambskin suede narrow dress with three quarter sleeves and knit insert at neckline. Matching suede head wrap with ceramic rose buckle. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1985.

mens leather bolero and leather pants 1985

            We did alot of white leather this year, and we wanted to include the men. We used white lambskin that was finished and not matte, so that you could wipe it off with a wet cloth and keep it clean. The jacket was a men’s bolero cut kind of [...]

leather w:knit dress and jacket 1985

          From our knit and leather series, a fitted white sleeveless dress with deep scoop neck, belted at the waist in white leather too. The Jacket has pushed up leather sleeves and panels of white leather mixed with knit inserts that match the dress. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves [...]

womens shearling lined leather jacket 1985

            The women’s version of the Lambskin Leather Jacket with shearling lining, zippered front and side pockets. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1985.

mens shearling lined leather coat w: leather pants and belt 1985

Leather Bomber jacket of finished gray lambskin lined with shearling fur, zippered front and side slash pockets.  Leather pants in matching leather with belt. Made by Jackie Robbins at Leather Waves circa 1985.

bolero jacket with flaired skirt and hat 1984

          One of our popular bolero cut leather  jackets and fitted to the hip leather skirt that then fairs to the knees, the hat was covered in the matching suede and printed with folds leather trim. By Jackie Robbins circa 1984

suede bolero with suede midi-skirt w:belt 1984

Suede Bolero Jacket lined with guatemalan tapestry print cotton, matching suede midi-skirt with rollover waistband and large patch pockets trimmed with same print cotton fabric and suede belt with ceramic flower buckle. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

Leather Collarless Jacket with suede pants on R. C. 1984

Mens collarless unlined jacket with patch pockets and snap front closures. Suede Pants in fitted slim style. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

shearling lined patch print jacket 1984

Shearling lining in a patchworked print Leather long-waisted Jacket with slash pockets and 3/4 sleeves. Matching snakeskin print Leather skirt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

leather pencil skirt and suede tank top w:belt

Suede tank top with spaghetti straps with leather pencil skirt, complimented with a wide snake skin contoured belt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

Printed suede Nehru jacket on C. D. 1984

Printed suede Nehru Jacket with leather pencil skirt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

Leather Dress on C. D. 1984

Leather dress in vertical block pattern with cap sleeve and fringed bottom, matching tie belt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1984

leather shirt, suede wrap skirt, belt and bag 1982

Leather Blouse with wide leopard print suede belt. Leather and Suede hat and shoulder Bag. Suede leopard print wrap skirt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1982

Suede and Leather long vest with drawstring pants on J. S. 1982

Suede and leather combined in boxy square shouldered vest with multi-patch pockets. Matching gathered pants with narrow belt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves, circa 1981.

shearling coat for T. Y. 1982

Short waisted western styled women’s shearling coat. Leather fringe and piping, patch pockets and antler buttons. Custom made by Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1982


Leather swim trunks…only in Malibu? Maybe! By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves, circa 1981


Suede shirt with 3/4 sleeve with fully gathered suede harem pants to match, by Jackie Robbins, made at Leather Waves in the Malibu Country Mart, circa 1981.


Women’s Black Suede Suit, waist length jacket with a matching strait skirt with thigh high side slits, also shown medium sized Clutch handbag, by Jackie Robbins and made at Leather Waves in the Malibu Country Mart, circa 1981.

jackierobbins-photo advertising-award

Award winning layout in the “Magazine Print Advertising” category from the L.A. County Municipal Gallery awarded to Jackie Robbins in April 1989. This Ad that was created for “LA Style Magazine” was submitted to the Los Angeles County Municipal Gallery for a art competition in the catagory of Magazine Print Advertising. We were a first place winner, which [...]

Decorated denium outfits and Leather bomber jacket belts and boots 1987 for LA Style Magazine

Leather Waves’ hot fashion item of the late 80′s-the decorated Jean Jacket. In this photo some our our first “Leather Waves Babe” fashions, a denium skirt with fringed bottom, matching belt and decorated Levi Jacket, for babies. She wears a combination denium and cowhide fur outfit with mink tail accents and matching custom boots. He [...]


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