It doesn’t make sense to have to sacrifice style just to stay protected.
-Dave M. Fairbairn, Founder, Maple Motorcycle Jeans
A major theory behind Dave M. Fairbairn’s Maple Motorcycle Jeans is to create jeans that not only look good, but also save your skin from motorcycle accidents. These Maple Motorcycle Jeans target a large niche of motorcycle riders, who, just like Fairbairn, were tired of having to wear unappealing kevlar pants and also loved to wear high quality denim. Fairbairn, along with his designer Satish Tailor, created the world’s first pair of high quality raw denim with a protective kevlar lined inside.
Frustrated with his monotonous job in Britain, Fairbairn only found solace in riding his Yamaha Fazer 600. But he came to the predicament of trying to find a pair of jeans that looked great, as well protected him on his motorcycle. So with his love of riding and also his own safety in mind, he looked into trying to find a pair that matched his needs. When he couldn’t find anything of the sort, he pursued creating his own pair of Kevlar lined Jeans. Having no prior experience, he reached out to the desginer Satish Tailor. Together, they created “the highest quality, most stylish motorcycle jeans in the world.”
The Maple Motorcycle Jean company takes pride in having the denim seem like a normal pair of premium denim pants, with no signs of stitching from the inside Kevlar lining. Their goals were to not compromise the grade of the denim, have the customer be happy to wear them even when they’re not on their bike, and also have these jeans become your favorite pair.
Features on this denim include 13.5 Oz. Kurabo Selvedge Denim, a button fly, 36’’ inseam, and a vintage cinch in the back to keep them snug. But alongside this, they made alterations specific to riding your motorcycle. They added an angled ticket pocket for easy access while riding, over 60% coverage of DuPont Kevlar lining the insides, a higher rear rise for covering the lower back, brace/suspender buttons allowing for the jeans to stay in place, and removable Forcefield CE approved knee and hip armor.
They are not concerned with trying to create anything other than their “British designed, premium motorcycle denim.” There are only three styles available from Maple. They are the 1941 Straight Cut Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans with Armour, the 1941x Straight Cut Selvedge Denim without Kevlar, and the Slim Fit Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans with Armour. They decided to create one pair which is not lined with the Kevlar for the people who just love the denim itself. With these jeans now on the market for £250.00 (and £150.00 for the un-lined denim), motorcycle riders can feel safe on the road and confident in how they look.