For the longest time, we looked for a motorcycle jacket designed for everyday riding but one that also looked good on and off the bike, not "vintage or retro" but with a classic yet modern feel and fit. We wanted a jacket that just didn't exist. We decided eventually that, as the bikes we ride, we would have to build it from the ground up. The result is an uncompromised, self validated moto jacket, you see it, you must have it, end of story or actually, just the beginning.
Every function of the jacket has been designed to work with the riding position. We really hated how certain jackets prevented us from moving around or bunched and pinched us in places. This jacket has also been developed to be flexible where it should be and breathable for those hot days and yet, with a slim fit.
We spent as much time developing the jacket on the bike as well as off the bike so that you look and feel comfortable on your morning ride to work and then to the bar afterwards, without looking like a Power Ranger coming off a bike... we knew that great aesthetics don't need to be sacrificed for function.
Pagnol Jackets are made from tough yet supple cow hide leather and constructed to ensure maximum abrasion resistance and durability through everyday riding. While this is not a replacement for your full race leathers or a full performance jacket, we also didn't create a "fashion" jacket to primp around in.
Pagnol is manufactured at a "Socially Responsible" Certified Factory and from grass fed cattle.
The brand was Initially created by Paulo Rosas, designer for www.SpeedMachinesDesign.com . Later The M1 jacket resulted from a crazy series of coincidences and intersecting interests with James Yang, owner of www.hammerbeast.com . While the M1 jacket is geared towards the everyday rider, the founders of Pagnol happened to meet at a trackday at Willow Springs International Race Way. They began talking and realized their visions were almost the same!
They both wanted to create fully functional motorcycle jackets and gear, with a modern yet classic timeless feel and slim fit.
They realized they had all spent years researching and working on such a jacket individually with many variations in between. So, they combined talents and resources.
Between us at Pagnol, we have design experience in MotoGP, AMA and CEV Repsol to moto apparel design; fashion design; industry media; custom motorcycles and industry retail. This has proven to be a very complimentary collaboration.
After many iterations, we arrived at the M1 jacket. It is the culmination of several calculated design decisions and we spared no expense at making every detail from the best there is out there.
It has not been a straight path, but then again the best journeys often take the winding back roads.
The M1 Jacket is the first in our offerings. In the same way a bike builder crates a new bike or a moto company releases a new model sparingly, Pagnol will release a well thought out new style "one at a time", not a "collection" to "see what sticks". We aren't confined to seasons, deadlines or bottom lines. So we might bring out a spring looking jacket in winter or winter a looking jacket in summer. We are simply trying to bring the real motorcyclist premium options that tick every box on our must-have list with no set schedules and limits. We spend a significant amount of time "field testing" our own designs so you can be sure that a lot of rider thought has gone into each decision and not some accountant at the other end. Expect to see new offerings and accessories on an ongoing basis!