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Buzz_Kanter
06-30-2008, 02:41 PM
I'm curious how long Bates has been making leather jackets and are they still in business?

Chris Haynes
06-30-2008, 04:21 PM
I'm curious how long Bates has been making leather jackets and are they still in business?

Yes they are still in business in Long Beach, CA

jmanjeff
06-30-2008, 06:30 PM
History

In the 1949, Bates Mfg. Co. was established by motorcyclist and saddleseat craftsman Bob Bates in Los Angeles. In the beginning, Bob thought of it not as a leather company, but as a motorcycle accessory company like Buco ansd Beck. He made and sold foot pegs, windshields, saddleseats, and leather ashirts. They remained a small company through the 1950s; Bob retired in 1967 and sold the company to the second owner, Robert Rudolph.

http://www.batesleathers.com/gallery/

Buzz_Kanter
12-24-2009, 08:26 PM
I picked up an old Bats leather jacket and was wondering if there is a way to figure out the age? Anyone know how to do this with the label, zippers or ???

My guess is possibly from the 1950s.