November 20, 2012 – Los Alamitos, CA – By definition, a maven is a trusted expert in a particular field who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. It also proved to be the perfect name for the first women’s leather jacket from Roland Sands Design. The team at RSD has taken all the knowledge gained from producing instant classics for the men’s market with their 2012 Main Set collection and translated it into the new Maven jacket for women. However, this is more than just a cut-down version of a man’s jacket… much more!
“We took classic Café racer styling cues and created a jacket that is form-fitted to the female body shape,” explains Roland Sands. “Functionality first, but classic good looks are a very close second place,” says the former racer turned-designer. An adjustable zip waist and comfort flex panels under the arms at the chest enable women riders to further tailor the Maven to their form. “Even though it looks great off the bike and will be worn as a fashion accessory, the Maven is meant to be worn on a motorcycle,” Roland is quick to add. Pre-curved sleeves, relaxed “racer” collar and a dropped back are part of the performance riding fit designed into the jacket.
Additional highlights for real riders include pockets in the elbows, shoulders and back for optional RSD armor inserts. Zip-close cuffs, interior stuff pocket, zippered front pockets and even a sleeve zip pocket are nice touches as well. Perforated leather trim and a gold satin lining complete the package. “As with any piece in the RSD line, the Maven is riding gear built with a parallel of fashion and function,” says Sands.
Ensuring that the Maven feels as good as it functions, it is constructed of 1.1mm/1.3mm top grain cowhide. The natural properties of RSD leathers, combined with their specialized hand-finishing techniques, mean that every single leather panel will be original and look slightly different in terms of shade. “The leather is pre-oiled, washed, then hand-finished with wax and oiled again,” explains Roland. “The finish will react differently depending on climate, amount of usage and age… guaranteeing each jacket really is one of a kind.”
Although the Maven looks and feels like a million bucks, MSRP is only $560. Available in a full range of sizes and a choice of Black or Tobacco colorways (Cream and Oxblood coming in the spring of 2013).
• Fitted café style
• Top grain cowhide construction (1.1mm 1.3mm thickness)
• Perforated leather trim
• Pre-curved sleeves and dropped back for real riders
• Fully adjustable zip waist
• Available in Black and Tobacco, sizes S – 2XL
• MSRP $560