We're proud to announce the USAAF Type D-1 Shearling Jacket, hand-made by
Simmons-Bilt of Selkirk, Scotland.
Designated 'Type D-1 Mechanics Shearling Jacket', this model came into service with the US Air Corps in the mid 1930's.
It is a simple design, but extremely well-made, designed to be the best available to US servicemen in World War II.
A very popular design, the D-1 Sheepskin jacket was soon adopted by WWII USAAF pilots, too.
The sheepskin material used by Simmons-Bilt is of North American origin. There are many breeds of sheep throughout
the world, each having their own wool characteristic, so it is essential that we use a fleece derived from the same breed
that was used originally so as to ensure complete authenticity.
Simmons-Bilt D-1 sheepskin jacket is re-produced with every detail that is necessary to make this garment 100%
authentic to the original D-1 Shearling design.
The D-1 jacket is more of a lightweight sheepskin, since it was not issued to bomber crews. Therefore the D-1 Shearling
is quite a fitting design for day-to-day wear without being too cumbersome.
Each jacket is hand-crafted by an artisan with over 20 years' experience in leathercraft.
Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery of your tailor-made jacket.
Upon receipt of your order, we will email you a size chart to complete so that the jacket can be made for the perfect fit.
If the pride of owning a unique piece is important to you, we would recommend a Simmons-Bilt jacket to anyone looking
to invest in high-quality authentic leathers that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
'Hand-made in Selkirk' is the tagline of this established leather jacket creator. Labour-intensive, each jacket is hand-
made in Selkirk. The company specialises in re-creating classic jackets from bygone eras, using the very finest materials
Originally established in California in the early 1900's, Simmons Bilt created some iconic leather jackets that today are
very rare to find.
The newly branded Simmons Bilt Clothing Company, now established in Scotland, combines the spirit of heritage and
authenticity using traditional craftsmanship, a tip of the hat to the artisans of old.
Simmons-Bilt selects only the highest quality hides available, looking for authenticity, durability, strength, unique
characteristics, leather that will achieve a rich patina with age and mould to the wearers shape over time. They prefer
leathers that have been created in tanneries that have history, traditions and craftsmanship that have been handed down
over generations, we usually find these tanneries tend to produce a far superior leather product, exceptional high quality
and full of character.
We provide after-sales assistance on all of our Simmons-Bilt jackets, including adjustment as necessary.
All of our garments are hand-made from scratch. Typically we are able to send out garments within two weeks from
ordering. We will ensure the perfect fit is achieved by asking just a few straightforward questions.
You do not need to be an expert tailor to order!
After-sales: We provide after-sales assistance on all of our Simmons-Bilt jackets, including adjustment as necessary.
Returns Information: We will accept a return of a custom jacket if it is shown to have a defect, (natural characteristics in
the leather are not classed as defects), there has been a production error or there is an unacceptable margin between
the measurements provided against the finished garment measurements.
Custom jackets will incur an extra charge for pattern work, additional raw material and labour costs.
Price will be quoted prior to production.
Question. What is considered a custom jacket?
Answer. Anything that is not standard Simmons Bilt. This includes:
Change of standard measurements eg. body length, sleeve length.
Change of pocket configuration.
Non standard linings, zippers and buckles
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