Harley-Davidson - Motorclothes Merchandise

 

Heritage

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It's been over a century since Harley-Davidson MotorClothes® made its first garment.

From that very first jersey, proudly emblazoned with the Harley-Davidson® name, to the very latest hi-tech protective riding gear, we've made sure our riders are protected and styled in apparel we're proud to stand – or ride – behind.

1903

With the help of Walter Davidson, William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, build their first motorcycle in a wooden shed in Milwaukee. Their first machine reportedly went 100,000 miles through a series of five owners without a major repair.

1910

The famed "Bar & Shield" logo was used for the first time. It is trademarked at the U.S. Patent office one year later. This logo will be used on some of the most popular items customers seek, buy and wear.

1912

Construction begins on what will be the six story headquarters and main factory building at Juneau Ave. in Milwaukee. This is the site where Harley-Davidson branded apparel is still designed today.

The beginning of Harley-Davidson Branded apparel, as the first know jerseys was offered.

A Motorcycle Accessories and Rider Clothing catalog was introduced at this time to allow for product awareness for both dealers and customers.

1914

By 1914, bikers leafing through Harley-Davidson's accessories catalogue find not only jerseys, but also cardigans, leggings and gloves.

1915

Motorcycle riding products became more popular with customers and therefore the first product offering in Functional Riding Apparel was developed. Some of the first items included: goggles, water-proof coats, linen duster, and puttees.

1920

By 1920, Harley-Davidson is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. New Harley-Davidson motorcycles can be purchased from over 2,000 dealers in 67 countries worldwide.

With customer demand increase for both motorcycles and riding apparel the first official line of motorcycle specific clothing and accessories was offered in a widespread manner.

1928

The first Leather Riding Jacket was introduced.

1936

As the popularity of motorcycle clubs increased amongst motorcycle riders so did the desire to physically represent motorcycle club affiliation. The first known motorcycle clubs shirts were offered in 1936.

1938

Harley-Davidson develops the biker jacket for the New York City Police Department, which remains their key style to this day.

1947

Harley-Davidson begins selling what will become the classic black leather motorcycle jacket.

1954

Function meets style as the first "Cycle Champ" and "Cycle Queen" motorcycle riding jackets were debuted. This moved the traditional look of a motorcycle rider from everyday suits and dress attire to more of a motorcycle stylized look.

1956

The new young star Elvis Presley poses for the cover of the May Enthusiast sitting on his new 1956 model KH wearing a Leather Motorcycle Riding Jacket.

1958

Hardshell helmets first appeared in Harley-Davidson accessories catalogs in 1958, usually referred to as "safety helmets". In those days, you could have your helmet in any color you desired, so long as the color was white.

1960s and 70s

More and more functional features came into common design through the 1960s and 70s, such as venting and wind-proof zippers for varying weather conditions and mandarin collars among many others. But other features such as ‘D-pockets’ have been around virtually interrupted with the classic jacket design

Mid 60s

H-D t-shirts customized with individual dealer logos and locations were first introduced in the mid 60s.

1970

Due to the expansion of the H-D brand into other motor sports industries through the AMF merger the H-D branded merchandise offering grows to include a wider variety of jackets, lightweight jackets, and all-weather apparel.

1973

Black leather vests were part of general rider apparel by the 1960s and led to the first H-D vest offering in 1973.

1980

Fashion Leather Riding jackets are added to the Harley-Davidson branded apparel.

1985

The Willie G.jacket, originally offered in 1985 and later served as part of a line of boots, gloves and vests.

1986

Widespread production of customized dealer t-shirts results in over 2 million units sold at this time.

1989

Harley-Davidson introduces the MotorClothes apparel and accessories label.

1991

The Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Label is so successful it has sold over 3 million items.

"Harley has inspired an international trend in biker wear this year...In fact, the biker fantasy has so pervaded the fashion world that the Council of Fashion Designers of America will present a special award to Harley-Davidson at a New York gala in February." December 13, 1991 LA Times

1992

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Label expands into Gifts and Collectibles designed for all types of Harley-Davidson brand enthusiasts.

1994

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Label expands to offer the Biker Blues Denim line of denim jeans.

1998

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Label claims a leadership position in technical riding gear with the introduction of the FXRG riding collection.

2003

Harley-Davidson Motor Company celebrates 100 years of great motorcycles. The 100th Anniversary Open Road Tour makes its last of ten worldwide stops in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend. For the first time, all models are anniversary models with badges and logos commemorating the event.

MotorClothes apparel reintroduces the classic #1 logo.

2008

Designed specifically to appeal to a younger customer base, Harley-Davidson introduces the Black Label collection consisting of trend driven apparel.

2009

The introduction of 360° Enhanced Visibility Reflectivity raises the bar in low-light visibility.

2010

A dedicated cause-related line introduced as the Harley-Davidson Pink Label collection. A portion of proceeds made form each Pink Label item sold is donated to Breast Cancer support groups in the American market.

2012

Celebrating 100 years of genuine H-D apparel.

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