“In the Shop” with Jackie Robbins Episode #14 Part #1 Re-Purposing a Sable Fur Coat





In the Shop #4

A favorite client that I have worked with for many years came to my Studio Salon in November a few months ago. She hadn’t been to Leather Waves in a while and became inspired looking around at my newest creations. She asked “I’ve got this beautiful fur coat living under my bed. I had a [...]

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1976 JR

  This photo is an old one. Leather Waves had been open for one year in it’s original space at the Malibu Country Mart. I was visiting my new friends the Cosentino family in they’re new space just down the row. I was now taking a photographer with me regularly to photograph my newest creations, [...]

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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!

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Vintage Leather Waves 1979 RC 3

  Vintage Leather Waves fun for today. This was a Men’s ensemble that I made from olive green chamoise skins in 1979. A slim small pleated pant with a snakeskin belt and a hoodie style zipp front jacket. Yes, there were hoodies even before RAP. A silk crepe de chine shirt finishes off the outfit. [...]

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shearling jacket 2013

  Made this shearling jacket for a cold spring night in the big Apple. Just got back from Manhattan and this shearling jacket came in handy. Elegant with it’s long hair fur but sporty in it’s short and boxy but slightly fitted styling, shearling jackets cannot be worn too tight because of the fur but [...]

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Deerskin Cafe Racer for D.B.

My good friend D.B. had a motorcycle jacket from the 1960s that he loves so much, wore it to just about to death, and it was actually getting a bit small. He pleadingly asked, could you remake this for me? Yes, of course, and so we began the journey of re-creating his favorite jacket. D. chose [...]

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In the shop photo5

My good friend D.B. had a motorcycle jacket from the 1960s that he loves so much, wore it to just about to death, and it was actually getting a bit small. He pleadingly asked, could you remake this for me? Yes, of course, and so we began the journey of re-creating his favorite jacket. I [...]

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In the shop photo5

This jacket had 2 lives! I made it the first time and felt there were some details missing that I could do better and then remade it a second time adding some touches that really made it shine! I had an original design that I sketched and made a pattern for. Then I cut a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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1990 JR 4 snap

  Vintage picture of the day….Grand Canyon 1990. I snapseeded this, adding some drama, although who needs drama at the Grand Canyon! Riding my Harley was a blast in those years, and even more special because I’d make amazing leathers to ride in. This jacket was very cool with it’s cowhide fur lining and fringes, [...]

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In the shop

So finally the exterior of the jacket is complete and now I start making the lining which is a complete jacket in itself. Special pockets made to the clients specifications and a new “Leather Waves Motorcycle” vintage label is sewn in by customer request. Attaching the lining to the leather is tricky and slow-going. All [...]

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P1060808

Yes, this leather Sports Coat is 12 years old, and it is owned and loved by real rock star, one of the best rock guitar players in the business. I believe I made this for him in 1999 or 2000. It was sent over to me for it’s first repair in all these years, something [...]

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In the shop

Once past the fitting, pattern making and cutting stages of the project I can now begin construction. The first part involves installing pockets, which are quite detailed, the zipper and putting the main body pieces together. Next I make the collar, an important part of this particular jacket because the neck of the client needs [...]

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Leather Windbreaker for J. H.

This handsome guy is my boyfriend Jeff and he looks good in everything. He was wanting a nice leather jacket that had the shape of his favorite windbreaker, which I know well. So I designed a jacket for him that had that shape and similar fit but added some modern details that made it look [...]

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Jeff and Joel wearing Leather Waves

    I love going out with handsome guys that wear my leather jackets and are SO HAPPY ABOUT IT, like these two. Nice Valentine, thank you Jeffie and Joel!

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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 [...]

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Terance snapseed

  This suede sports coat is made from a very unique suede that is has a swirl pattern applied to the surface in a combination of subdued colors on a black background. The lapels were done in contrasting black leather, giving the piece an elegant flair. This client dressed it up with a leather bowtie [...]

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mens custom leather sportscoat

  This mens leather sportcoat has a few original features and custom details. Made from a soft but substantial deerskin leather it is a dark expresso color. The skins can be reversed if you prefer the deerskin suede. The stitching is a deep burgundy color and there are metal buttons that include silver and gold [...]

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custom leather sportcoat 2007

  This mens leather sportcoat has a few original features and custom details. Made from a soft but substantial deerskin leather it is a dark expresso color. The skins can be reversed if you prefer the deerskin suede. The stitching is a deep burgundy color and there are metal buttons that include silver and gold [...]

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double breasted leather coat

Men’s double breasted coat made from supple but incredibly durable goat skin in a deep choclate expresso color. Metal buttons with deep spacious pockets, the perfect winter accessory. Fully lined with thick black satin it is luxurious to wear and looks great with everything. Thank you to the gorgeous and delightful Phillip Keene for bringing [...]

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jacket for joyce bromely 2003

      Beautiful hand to this thin English Cowhide in a deep rich chocolate brown. Slightly belled sleeves and classic collar, about hip length. Custom made by Jackie Robbins circa 2003

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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Jackie Robbins, Leather Waves, Malibu California, Leather Lovers

  Hello, I’m Jackie Robbins and I design and hand make my leather products in my Malibu “Leather Waves” Studio here in sunny southern California. This is a short overview of my business.  I welcome you to my site and hope that you will continue to visit and become an official Leather Waves “Leather Lover”! [...]

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childs purple jacket

Childs leather jacket, fully lined with 4 patch pockets, bell sleeves with zippered front. Custom Made by Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 2004

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Baby shearling jacket

Shearling Jacket for Baby with metal buttons and natural-edge flaps and suede piping. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 2003

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Cheyenne smallest leather jacket 1993

This is the smallest leather jacket I make. It’s the Baby Deerskin Fringed Jacket, 0-6 months.  Most adorable and a family keepsake treasure. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1993

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merilyn burnside 2001

Full length plonget leather Trenchcoat, soft and light as a feather, slash pockets, wide lapel and turned cuffs. Custom made by Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 2001

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Pinstripped leather and accessories 1992

On him, pinstripped Leather Blazer, leather tie and leather trousers. On her pinstripped Leather  strait Skirt, with wide leather belt. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1992

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1990printedsuede

Printed Suede coral on black rope design. Simple jacket and walking shorts. By Jackie Robbins Leather Waves circa 1990

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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

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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

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Printed suede Nehru jacket on C. D. 1984

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

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deerskin-jacket-circa-1975-by-Jackie-Robbins

Deerskin Jacket with antler button and patch pockets, circa 1975, by Jackie Robbins, made at Leather Waves in the Malibu Country Mart

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I’ve seen her work. She’s amazing!  

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Just a little note to thank you for designing and making my elegant outfit for the Calgary Stampede. I still can’t believe that when I came to you with my idea of what I wanted, you created something which was not only what I had envisioned but surpassed my expectations. You are truly and artist. [...]

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jackies-leather-shop

Leather Maker Jackie Robbins Practices Sacred Art   Jackie Robbins of Malibu has been making leather products for four decades.   By Jonathan Friedman Email the author December 28, 2011   Jackie Robbins has had her fair share of setbacks since getting into the leather business more than 40 years ago. But through it all, [...]

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Bob Dylan inspires Jackie Robbins Leather Waves

Very early in my career, before I had even open my first storefront, I met the man who inspired my business name “Leather Waves”. His name was Bob Dylan, the year was 1975, and my favorite album at that time was his “Planet Waves”. I happened to be downtown one afternoon visiting one of my [...]

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Jackie Goes to Paris 2001

I was very lucky last month to get the opportunity to visit Paris, oui! Paris, France! Needless to say, Springtime in this city is intoxicating. My focus was art and fashion, of course. It’s been at least a dozen years since my last visit, so it felt like visiting dear old friends to see certain [...]

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jackie-robbins-leather-waves-harley-women-magazine

The following was a two page article written about Leather Waves, in the December 1989 issue of Harley Women Magazine, the interview was written by Carol Mott-Wall: About a year ago as I was paging through one of those large Los Angeles type fashion/entertainment magazines something caught my eye… an ad for cus­tomized leather fashions, [...]

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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 [...]

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