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A masterpiece of single riders! What is the appeal of the James Groth “Dover”?


A masterpiece of single riders! What is the appeal of the James Groth "Dover"?

Single-type riders’ jackets are simpler and easier to coordinate with than double riders’ jackets, which have a strong hard image. In recent years, the popularity of single riders has been gaining momentum. This time, we focus on the masterpiece of such single riders, “Dover” of JAMES GROSE, and introduce its charm!

The oldest leather wear brand in the U.K. ” JAMES GROSE

The long-established leatherwear brand “James Grose” was founded in London, England in 1876 by Joseph G. Grose, who became successful as a motorcycle and parts dealer from the end of the 19th century to the 20th century, and became popular as a retailer of clothing and accessories during the heyday of the UK motorcycle industry. In the 1950s, it was one of London’s leading specialty retailers, but the recession that hit the U.K. from around the 1960s forced the company to close its doors for a time in 1971. About 40 years later, the James Grose archives were found in the factory, leading to the revival of this authentic leatherwear brand in 2016.

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The James Grose “Dover,” a representative of minimalist single riders

Since the only rider’s jacket that remained in the archives at that time was a single type, James Groce has been offering an abundant lineup of single type leather jackets since its reissue. The “Dover” introduced this time is characterized by its minimalistic design with few decorations among the many models, and is becoming especially popular among the brand because it is easy to wear for not only fans of the past but also beginners of the riders’ jackets. One of the reasons for the brand’s growing popularity is that it matches the current mood of normcore, which is showing signs of a resurgence in the pursuit of the “ultimate normal. Let’s take a closer look at the appeal of Dover.

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Attraction of James Grose “Dover” (1) “Neat and minimalist design without any details

The appeal of Dover is its ultra-minimalist design, as you can see at a glance. The most distinctive feature is the simple face with no sense of futility, with only the double-zip front, the sleeve zips, and the chinstrap on the collar, to name a few decorative details. The pockets are stylish slash pockets on the side transition area so as not to disrupt the balance of the overall look. They are placed in exquisite positions that make it easy to slip one’s hand in. The look, which pursues simplicity by eliminating all details, has a masculine yet graceful elegance that is unique to the riders’ jacket. It can be worn with a wide range of outfits, from masculine casual style, of course, to beautiful and mode style, so you will definitely be able to enjoy various leather jacket coordinates with this one jacket for many years to come. It looks great just thrown on over a T-shirt or knit as outerwear, or tucked under a long coat to show off a bit of leather for a more professional layering look.

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Attractiveness of James Grose “Dover” (2) “Traditional sizing that evokes the history of motorcycle wear

While it is designed to be worn neatly, the particular sizing that gives a sense of history unique to the long-established brand founded in 1876 is also something that cannot be overlooked. Assuming the state that straddles a motorcycle with arms stretched out in front, the length and sleeve length are set a little longer. The body width has been made to fit the body moderately, creating a sleek silhouette that does not give the impression of being too fussy. In addition, by finishing the shoulder’s range of motion in a three-dimensional way, the difficulty of movement that tends to occur with riders’ jackets has been eliminated. By adjusting the double-zip front and sleeve zips, you can tune the balance of the jacket according to your outfit and the scene of the day. The fashionable, yet traditional motorcycle rider’s style is another point that tickles the hearts of men.

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Attraction of James Grose “Dover” (3) “Four types of high-quality leathers to choose your favorite texture

Dover has a lineup of four types of high-quality leather materials: “sheep,” “cow,” “horse,” and “cow suede. All of them are made from reused hides of animals raised for food, and feature ethical material choices that are in line with the modern age. Sheep leather, made from sheep that are at least one year old, has a fine, moist, and absorbent surface that is thick yet light and supple for a comfortable fit. Cowhide leather, processed from female cattle that have experienced childbirth and are two years old, is thinner and softer than male cattle, making it more comfortable against the skin. Horse leather, which is considered a luxury leather, is strong and durable, and has a luxurious texture that is different from sheep and cow leather. Cow suede, which is different from glossy leather, is also available. The warm cow suede gives a different impression from that of hard rider’s jackets, and creates a casual atmosphere. Each type of leather has different qualities in terms of appearance and feel, making it easy to find a material that fits you best.

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Recommendations for care of Dover to keep it beautiful for a long time

Because of its simple design, the leather texture of Dover stands out, so it is important to care for it. First, remove surface dirt with a brush. We recommend using a soft, resilient and firm horsehair brush. Then, apply remover (stain remover) to a soft cloth, spread it lightly and thinly over the entire surface, and gently wipe off the stain. In the case of riders’ jackets, sweat and sebum tend to accumulate on the cuffs and collar, so it is important to take good care of these areas. Finally, moisturizing cream is applied to moisturize the leather, making it supple and shiny, and preventing scratches and deep wrinkles. By taking good care of leather riders’ jackets, which can be enjoyed as they change over time, they will become even more attractive and become a long-lasting companion.

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This season, “The Trying-on Event,” where you can try on James Groth jackets, will be held again this year!

The “THE Trying-on Event,” which is always a great success and highly satisfying for visitors, will be held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka for the 2024 SS season, marking the 6th time this event has been held. The venue will feature a full lineup of products sold at the official online store, including the Dover line introduced in this article. The event is designed to allow visitors to try on and wear down three types of leather, cow, horse, and sheep, with a wide range of size variations*. This is a unique opportunity to try on all models of James Groth jackets to your heart’s content, so if you are considering purchasing one, why not visit the store? Again, reservations are required for “The Try-On Event,” so please check the special event page for reservations (the special page is scheduled to open on February 9).
(The special page will be available on February 9.) *Some models may not be available in all sizes.

Date, time, and location of ” THE Try-on Session Part.6

Date & Time: March 2, 2024 (Sat) 12:00-18:00
Venue Address: Wing Box Tenjin 7F, 1-21-10 Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka (Map )
Reservation Start: February 16 (Fri)

– Nagoya
Date & Time: March 9, 2024 (Sat) 12:00-19:00
Venue Address 3-25-29 Sakae SKBLD 3F( Map )
Reservation start: February 16 (Fri.)

Date & Time: March 16 (Sat.), 23 (Sat.), 2024 11:00-18:00
Venue Address: Uchida Building 1F, 5-11-9 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map )
Reservation start: March 2 (Sat.)

For latest information including reservation, For the latest information, including reservations, please visit the official online store news page and official Instagram.

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