Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Lance Lindborg got his first motorcycle at age thirteen and decided to make his own deer-hide jacket when he was 17 years old. He never quite moved on. After decades scouring flea markets and thrift shops around the world – amassing an impressive collection of jackets – Lindborg, now 59, met some leather tailors in Bali in 2011 and decided to become a designer.
Lindborg’s designs notably incorporate Pendleton’s famously intricate blankets – historically, patterns were sourced by sending representatives of the wool company to live with Native Americans – which he fell in love with after seeing the fabrics while under the influence of Ayahuasca. These patterns make Lindborg’s Kiyote of Big Sur leather jackets unique. Rather than looking intimidating, they look rustically refined.
The soft cowhide leatherwork that is the hallmark of Kiyote jackets is now done near Lindborg’s home in Big Sur. The jackets are all one-of-a-kind, handmade pairings of choice leather and the bright geometric patterns and each one comes with a zip off hoodie that also incorporates patterns. We favor the Big Sur jacket, which is supple, soft, and bright. The effect is visually and physically memorable- even if you haven’t taken any hallucinogens. [From $600; kiyoteofbigsur.com]