“Varenne” Whiskey Horsehide Leather Jacket

“Varenne” Whiskey Horsehide Leather Jacket

(15 customer reviews)


Inspired by late 40s Sport jackets and revisited with a unique Italian touch, the “Varenne” Whiskey Horsehide represents an authentic garment made of Front Quarter Pull-up Horsehide by Charles F. Stead, one of the oldest tanneries in the UK (since 1890s in Leeds, United Kingdom).

The Front Quarter Pull-up Horsehide by Charles F. Stead is made by selected European Full Grain horse hides tanned with Steads’ traditional garment tannage and finished with a blend of “classic pull-up” waxes. This produces a pure-aniline leather with a Unique Rich character.

Charles F. Stead is a traditional family business established in 1895, remained faithful to the artisanal skills, techniques and know-how that others have forgotten, taking the time to work the leathers in the traditional way. These skills continue to live on in harmony with modern production technologies. Quality leather can never be a commoditized product, with each hide having its own characteristics, and they treat it accordingly.

The metallic zippers are made of antique brass with engraved markings.

The attention to detail makes it a rare and authentic Horse Leather Jacket Hand Made in Italy.

Designed for Bikers, Rockers and Gentlemen.

The name “Varenne” is a tribute to the legendary Italian horse, the best Racer of All Time.

Any imperfections or variations in color, texture or grain are not to be considered as defects, but distinctive elements of a unique, artisanal quality product.

This is a “1 of 1 piece” exclusive to you.

Every Jacket comes in a high quality 100% organic natural cotton Bag, laced with havana rope and with screen printed logo.

We offer Free Shipping Worldwide.

Possibility of Made-to-Measure.

In the photos:

• Michele (in the ranch) is 183cm and 75kg and he’s wearing a size M.

• Paolo (chilling around the Venetian Walls of Bergamo) is 180cm and 80kg and he’s wearing a size L.

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  • Style: 1940s Sports Jacket
  • Fit: tailoring fit
  • Possibility of Made-to-Measure
  • Weight: heavyweight
  • Leather: Front Quarter Full Grain Horsehide in Whiskey color from Charles F. Stead (Leeds, UK)
  • Lining: “Desert Sand” color 100% cotton
  • Zippers: antique brass with engraved markings
  • 3 zipper front Pockets
  • 2 inside Pockets with antique brass snap buttons with engraved markings
  • Pockets lining in Brown color 100% cotton
  • Tab-adjustable waist
  • Jacquard labels
  • Waterproof
  • Hand Made in Italy
  • Designed and tested in Bergamo, Northern Italian Alps

15 reviews for “Varenne” Whiskey Horsehide Leather Jacket

  1. Adolfo Garcia (verified owner)

    There is not a single garment that I own that makes me a prouder owner than the “Varenne” Jacket in Whiskey Horsehide. The jacket is not for the bashful. Expect to receive more than a few compliments, and that is a testament to the craftsmanship that the “Varenne” exudes to those in the know and the uninitiated alike. I am looking forward to every opportunity I can get to take this off the hanger.

    The customer service is unlike any other shopping experience I have ever had. For being halfway across the world, Marco was extremely responsive, invested, and helpful. I’m 6’2″ with a 42.5″ chest and weigh 205 lbs. The “Varenne” in XL was a near tailored fit upon first-time wear. From the day my order was processed, it only took a week for my piece to arrive. Incredibly reliable delivery.

    I’m glad I didn’t need to search long for my grail jacket. I’m not sure if I will never need another leather jacket again – with the exception of the same “Varenne” in Black Horsehide. Thank you, Shangri-La team.

  2. Arpad

    I received a Varenne Horsehide jacket, size XL, as a present.
    The jacket itself is a brilliant and unique mix of quality of material, style and Italian craftsmanship of the highest level. But it´s only half of the Shangri-La Heritage story. After wearing the jacket just a couple of times it proved to be just a bit small for me. Since we don´t have a retailer for Shangri-La Heritage in Sweden, I sent an email to the Shangri-La Heritage office in Bergamo and asked if it was possible to exchange my jacket for a size 2XL. Honestly, I didn´t have high hopes… BUT it didn´t take long before Marco personally contacted me and told me that it was no problem whatsoever, and he asked me if I could wait a couple of weeks because he had to make a new jacket from scratch not having one readily available. All free of charge. For one customer. For me. He really walked the extra mile just for me which I found incredible! I mean, which company owner in the world would do this?! What an experience!
    And here is my point: The overall quality of the product together with the owners dedication and attention to the customer, their love and passion put into the work makes the whole Shangria-La Heritage spirit genuine and captivating. I can easily see myself with these guys driving through the Passo di Stelvio (which I actually did once with my then girlfriend, now wife)!
    If there is a Shangri-La Heritage Tribe out there, then count me in! And I hope that one day I can meet you guys in person!

  3. Aakash Srivastava (verified owner)

    This is my 3rd Shangri-La jacket in one year already and it just keeps getting better! I don’t think one can find such outstanding craftsmanship and high quality full grain aniline leather jackets in Europe anywhere else when shopping online. Not to forget great customer support provided by Marco himself. Really in awe of the unique colours, patterns and textures they achieve on this piece! It fits very well too. Cant wait to see this jacket develop more unique shades with use.

  4. Ugo (verified owner)

    I had been looking for the perfect leather jacket for a long time before a firend of mine told me to have a look to Shangri La Heritage jackets. This Varenne Whiskey Horsehide is exactly what I was dreaming of! Beautiful color, perfect fit in S for me (I am 173cm and 73kg), quality looks amazing. I could not be happier with my purchase! I might become a regular customer 😉

  5. Vadim (verified owner)

    I really liked the jacket, it’s very unusual for me because it’s heavy, I feel like a knight in armor. jacket looks very good now, but I think it will look even better over the years.. In general – quality, price, feeling – 5 stars. Thank you very much, I hope to be your client in the future.

  6. Matti Järvinen (verified owner)

    A stunning example of masterful craftsmanship. I have had the jacket for a couple of weeks now before writing my review, and my conclusion is that this truly is the jacket I have been searching for years.

    The style, cut, details, the antique look and most of all the leather quality are what sold me on this jacket. I finally have a jacket to use all-year around in the city, workplace, countryside and when riding my old motorcycles.

    I am 185 cm and 90 kg with longer arms and broader shoulders, and the size XL fits me perfectly with room for a sweater underneath. My request for a sown wind flap behind the zipper was beautifully created.

    Thank you to the whole team that created this beautiful artisan piece, and a special thanks to Marco for excellent communication.

  7. Zoltan T. (verified owner)

    I have seen this jacket in a shop and felt immediately that that is something I want. Unfortunately, the available size of XL was small so I ordered a 2XL.
    Just received it a couple of days ago. I was afraid how it will fit but it is simple perfect all over at the shoulders, arms and waist.
    The quality of the leather with its unique colour matrix and the craftsmenship is number one.
    The quality and price are well in ballance and the service is very friendly.
    Grazie a tutti Ragazzi!!

  8. Florent D.

    This horside version is luxurious and the rendered of whisky brown is so beautiful !
    Especially on the varenne model, the cut is good, particularly at the shoulders
    Thanks Marco for the service
    A presto

  9. José A. (verified owner)

    The jacket is worth every penny of what it is worth without a doubt. I had doubts about the size, consult them directly and Marco kindly advised me at all times. I have to say that when I received the jacket and tried it on, it came to me as made to measure. I am very happy with the purchase and with the treatment received.

  10. Julien Blain (verified owner)

    I’ve just received this jacket today and that beast is a beauty !!! I’m a tall guy and i’m always a bit worried when i order a jacket at that price, i’ve followed the measurement guide and a size L was supposed to be the best for me, the model on pictures was also wearing a L but he was smaller than me and the fit was perfect for him, i was sweating hard, do i trust the sizing chart for a L or do i size up cause i’m taller than the model, i trusted the size chart and went for a L, and god i dont regret it, i’ve never received a jacket as well fitted as this one, 1 inch more for the sleeves and it was kind of a made to measure jacket for me, couldn’t be happier with that purchase, the leather is top notch, the smell, colors, details, it’s rigid and thick but still soft and comfortable, like the perfect balance for comfort, quality and aesthetic, 1st purchase for me with Shangri-la and i will definitely keep an eye for their new arrivals, Ciao raga ^^

  11. Rolf Jäger (verified owner)

    I have been looking for an alternative to an Aero Highwayman for a long time (delivery conditions and times too vague due to Brexit). Until I came across Shangri-La. Marco advised me on the size and colouring of the leather with great friendliness and courtesy. As the jacket in L was unfortunately a bit too tight, I exchanged it for XL free of charge with individual adjustment of the sleeve lengths. Anything but a matter of course. And now for the jacket: sensational leather and workmanship. And the smell of the leather….. Couldn’t have made a better choice. I’m looking forward to the next 20 years of stylish rides on my Bonnie (I’m already one of the “older” boys, so lets remain realistic)……

    Thanks so much to Marco & Daniel. Will take the chance to have a look at your store next time I’m around the corner….

  12. Bart Panman

    After buying the Varenne Black Leather jacket I was so overwhelmed with the unrivaled quality I had to buy the Varenne Whiskey Horsehide as well so I am the proud owner now of 2 Shangrilaheritage Leather jackets. I can’t choose which one to wear now. What sold me these jackets are the pictures of it at first but certainly also the warm and fast communications with Marco. The highest quality leather and the details are amazing. Once you hold the jacket into your hands you can feel the strong and at the same time fine leather. It is a perfect fit. I am 176cm normal build and I am wearing size L. It feels great. Your company is Craftsmanship at its best. Thanks again.

  13. Paul (verified owner)

    First: amazing quality jacket and fit. I can tell thought and time went in to designing and making this. This is a jacket to wear hard and wear often and I look forward to that!
    Second: Communicating with Marco is what sold me on ordering this jacket from this company when there are many other options out there. Quick responses…very helpful…and just all around great to deal with.
    Thanks for the great jacket and experience buying. My only wish is I could visit the store in person but I am glad this made in Italy jacket found it way to me in New York.

  14. Hector Alfaro (verified owner)

    The first time I tried on a jacket from Shangri-La I noticed something exceptional about it, a mixture of high quality leather and lining, details like the copper zippers of the small door at the end of the sleeve, and a great fit. I decided to look further online and I eventually found out the Varenne, however there was a thing missing that I was looking for: a shearling collar. I sent them an email and not a day after I received an answer from Marco, which effortlessly agreed to include the collar, gave advise on sizing and kept me posted on the state production process. In spite of this year’s peculiar circumstances, the jacket was delivered before Christmas and I could not have been more happy with the result. Thank you not just for the spectacular jacket for for the passion you put into your work! It will not be the last time I visit your store.

  15. Philippe Ochin (verified owner)

    A great big HOWDY from France. I am enjoying my brand new Varenne Horsehide jacket for a month now and I cannot imagine a better weather to wear it. I am a big fan of Japanese leather jackets and I have to say that you, buddies, at Shangri-La Heritage, are carrying a long tradition of leather making at a high level of quality. With such quality, I confirm that Italy and Japan are at the same level ! Thank you for the service and the fast shipment. I will send soon some pictures. Have a great end of the year and take care. Merci beaucoup !

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