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North Beach Leather Is Still The Season’s Most Covetable Look

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Michael Hoban visionary fashion designer, holds his place history for changing the course of fashion. He came up with elaborate concepts and shaped them into leather.  His company North Beach Leather (NBL)  was the largest privately owned leather company in the United States in the late 80’s.

In the ever-changing  world of fashion, Hoban’s style has transcended trends. He was quoted in an interview saying  “What everybody else calls fashion, I’ve been in forever,” . Vintage North Beach styles are a huge hit with the fashion elite.

  • NBL Snake Skin Leather

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Editor-in-chief of  US Vogue, Anna Wintour looked fabulous in Prada’s snake skin coat,  front row at  Luella Spring / Summer 2010 show during London Fashion Week.

  • NBL Tuxedo Leather Dress

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Supermodel Agyness Deyn was sporting a hot tuxedo leather dress,  from the House of Holland line by Henry Holland  during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010.

  • NBL Zippered Leather Dress

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Muse Carmen Kass opened the show in a gorgeous white leather zipper shift dress at Michael Kors Spring 2010.

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Heiress/fashion designer Nicky Hilton  wore  Elise Øverland’s zippered leather LBD, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

  • NBL Brightly Colored Leather

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A blue leather dress at Proenza Schouler Spring 2010 RTW

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An electric blue leather skirt at Jill Stuart Spring 2010 RTW

Hoban’s iconic North Beach western-style leather jacket, similar to the one worn by Christy Turlington below, is in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington.

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North Beach clientele has encompassed Hollywood greats, such as Elvis , Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, John Lennon, Cher, Dolly Parton and many more.

The industry’s most sought-after models have graced the cover of past North Beach Leather Ad campaigns,  Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Estelle Hallyday, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Angie Everhart, Daniella Pestova , Stephanie Seymour and Karen Mulder .

Hoban has also worked with top photographers from Skrebneski, Herb Ritts, Philip Dixon to Bensimmon have assisted in creating edgy, targeted and memorable campaigns. Read more here.

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  1. I bought a Michael Hoban North Beach Jacket today in a Charity shop in Uk for £10 and now think I got a real bargain as he is obviously quite famous.

    I bought it because I liked it and appreciated the soft leather – anyone out there able to tell me if I did well or what?? I think so but would be interested to hear from people who don’t have to shop in Charity shops – i.e. rich people…….

    Linda Mercury

    February 26, 2010 at 2:00 am


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