Drive Cars, Look Sharp: The Pagnol M1A Jacket
In the world of leather apparel, the motorcycle jacket is king. A good leather moto jacket will protect you on the bike, while becoming a staple of your casual wardrobe.
But making a jacket protective means using heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant leather, and adding armour at key places. Perfect for riding, but less than ideal for tucking behind the wheel of your favourite automobile.
This train of thought prompted moto-gear manufacturer, Pagnol, to create their first driver-specific jacket: the Pagnol M1A.
“Not since John Surtees has ‘something’ from the motorcycle world crossed over to the auto world,” quips Pagnol founder and creative director, Paulo Rosas. “The M1A is born from seeing that a lot of sports car drivers wear motorcycle jackets, because of the lack of good options for them from their own industry.”
The M1A is a dead ringer for the brand’s flagship motorcycle jacket, the M1. Except Pagnol have ditched the moto-specific features, and adapted it to be more comfortable for driving and day-to-day wear.
The M1A’s cowhide chassis is thinner and lighter than its moto sibling, without padded shoulders and without pockets for armour. Pagnol kept the stretch panels under the arms from the original M1, but they’re now constructed from lycra instead of abrasion-resistant kevlar.
They’ve also kept the pocket layout, and the accordion panels at the back and elbows. The arms are lined with mesh for breathability, but the main jacket liner is now a tailored suit affair.
The overall aesthetic is a sublime mash up of retro and modern cues—a trademark of Pagnol’s moto range. So the M1A should look just as good in the cockpit of a BMW M Coupe, as it would carving canyons in a Birkin CS3XS.
Or, behind the wheel of a luscious Ford-powered Shelby Daytona Coupe replica—just like the one pictured here. It belongs the the man in the photos: Robert Egger, creative director at Specialized Bicycles.
Rather than use models, Pagnol’s always turned to custom bike builders and industry creatives to flaunt their motorcycle gear. So Rosas wanted to launch the auto range in the same way.
“I met Robert at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California,” he says. “He was showing some of his insane moto-influenced bicycles concept there, and I was like: Bingo!”
“I went up to him, letting him know what a fan I was of his work and explained our ‘creative riders’ features, and asked if he would be into it—thunking my head and thinking ‘yeah right, fat chance.’ But he loved the idea!”
We’re glad he did: the Daytona and the M1A are about as perfect a pairing as we’ve seen. Our own cars don’t quite measure up—but we still reckon there’s space in the closet for some new leather.
The M1A is available on the Pagnol Auto website for pre-order, and is expected to ship in March.
Images courtesy of Pagnol.