June 2012 – Nevada. Skip styled the fashion shoot for the August 2012 edition of FashionErotica Magazine with Showtime’s Gigolo Nick Hawk and Nick’s entourage of beautiful models. For the shoot, Skip outfitted Nick in West Coast Leather’s exotic inlay jackets, while the girls rocked bustiers and little jackets. As the Gigolo, Nick knows all about the art of seduction – paired with Skip’s sexy leather, this is an irresistible combination. See more at www.fashionerotica.com.
May 23, 2012 – Orange County. West Coast Leather premiered a few of its new Fall collection at the “5th Annual Spring on the Runway Fashion Show Rave” in Orange County which benefits AIDS Services Foundation OC. Held at a private warehouse in Costa Mesa, the fashion show put on by the Friends of Dorothy Guild showcased designers West Coast Leather, Margaritaville Apparel, Rod Alan and LA’s Freedom Reigns. West Coast Leather showed long elegant asymmetrical dresses and matching jackets in pearlized champagne, a summer white leather dress with Swarovski crystals, cool white washed leather skirts and fitted jackets with decorated inlay. Skip showed off his new men’s collection with washed leather jackets with exotic inlays worn open over tight leather pants and leather shirts. The show raised more than $67,000 for ASF and was streamed live on the Internet for the first time this year. See more of the show and party at www.friendsofdorothy.org.
May 2012. Esquire Magazine. Esquire called looking for cool rocker leather in size 2 for an article and video featuring model Chrissy Teigen on the etiquette do’s and don’ts of attending live concerts. See Chrissy in their new lizard mini shorts in the new May issue – www.esquire.com/video/#v1565459517001.
January 2012. Rogue Outlet. Skip opened Rogue Outlet on Sutter Street featuring men’s contemporary outerwear, shirts, jeans and boots. This is the first Rogue Outlet for the www.Rogue.us.com .
September 2011. New York Fashion Week. West Coast Leather debuted their exclusive Anniversary Collection at Fashion Week in conjunction with the launch of a new Swedish cosmetic brand Divadence. The launch was held at District 36, 29 West 36th Street in collaboration with Swarovski and featured a runway show. For the Divadence brand launch, West Coast Leather designed unique gift and cosmetic bags in black and white leather with hand lacing, custom leather purses and jackets with Swarovski crystals. For the runway show, West Coast Leather showed an elegant collection in Ferrari colors, deep blues, white pearls, slate, rouge red and champagne pearl in short decorated jackets, long trench coats, evening dresses with Avencon lace and exotic animal print styles.
2011 – Fall. Celebrating our 8th Anniversary, New York and New Stores. To celebrate their Anniversary, West Coast Leather released some of their most popular classic leather designs from the last decade, along with a new collection. The Fall 2011 collection is all about classic styles and sophistication in gorgeous Ferrari colors: deep blue pearl, champagne and white pearl, grey slate and rouge red. Exotic animal prints and snake skin designs continue to dominate the runways; from fitted sexy red and black evening dresses to blazers and coatdresses, this is West Coast Leather’s most elegant collection to date. A new fitted halter dress with zipper details, a new tunic length vest and a short fitted double collared coat with an asymmetrical hem really stand out. Long leather trench coats for men and women are must haves for this season and mirror the classic genre shown throughout their Fall collection. They are very excited about showing our new collections at New York’s Fashion Week in September as part of a launch for a new Swedish cosmetics company Divadence.
As always, 2011 has kept West Coast Leather busy with a lot of fundraising events, from the Friends of Dorothy, HIV/AIDS fundraiser in Orange County, Stepping Out for Life fundraiser for Marin Breast Cancer in early October, and our 2nd year supporting the Bellarmine Financial Aid Fashion Show “Reel to Real” show in San Jose also in October.
2011 – Spring. New Spring Collections and Adding to our Boutiques. West Coast Leather’s new Spring collections feature a new jacket line by J. Moto for West Coast Leather; super soft fitted lambskin jackets with high end silver belted hardware applications, trapunto stitching details and nailhead details for women and men. For Spring, they released a new military inspired line, with a double breasted long peplum coat for ladies with suede trim, short belted riding jacket with suede detailing, new streamlined straight fit leather pants for ladies, a new fitted longer vest for ladies, leather cuffed walking shorts and lightweight leather shirts for men. Release of versatile new rich brown suede coatdresses. Going into Spring, monochromatic themes, black and white, all shades of grey, as well as animal print continued to dominate the runway. West Coast Leather is now featuring shearlings from Paris, a high end fur line for ladies and men, Solo Classe Italian leather gloves, the Stronghold collection of riding jackets from Michael Paradise, Cocoa jeans, dresses from Constance, shoe boots and new couture pieces from Tosca Soroya.
2010 – November. Bellarmine College Preparatory Fundraiser – West Coast Leather featured in “Leather Legacy” show. San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel hosted the Bellarmine Financial Aid fashion show fundraiser. This year’s theme “Imagine – A Band of Brothers” was inspired by John Lennon’s lyrics and also addresses the socially conscious component of Bellarmine’s philosophy of students being supportive of their fellow students. West Coast Leather showed all of their vintage rock and roll leather fringe jackets, pants and wild colored leather creations from the 70’s. Father Wade from the college even donned a cool vintage Black Leather biker jacket with silver concho detailing and a Dead Rocker tee shirt from West Coast Leather and rocked it down the aisle. The show was a huge hit and raised lots of money for the student endowment. Please see the video link on our website for the Leather Legacy segment.
2010 – Fall. Chicago’s Water Tower Plaza welcomes West Coast Leather. West Coast Leather returns to Skip’s roots, opening up a new premium boutique in Chicago’s Water Tower Plaza. Skip started in the leather business working for North Beach Leather in Chicago 25 years ago and now as West Coast Leather, we are connecting with a lot of our previous customers in Chicago.
2010 – June. Pret-A-Porter, Press Club, San Francisco. West Coast Leather’s famous coatdresses and pieces from their recent collections were featured in the Pret-a-Porter Show at the wine bar Press Club in San Francisco. Along with West Coast Leather, other featured designers were Anya Tatarenko, Magdalena Trever, Namita Couture, Mikelsen – Rock Chiq, Tosca Soroya, Vayaro accessories and the line Workclothes.
2010 – February. Release of City Collection and Spring/Summer 2010 White Leather Collection. West Coast Leather attended the “Baby Be Mine” charity fashion show for Haitian disaster relief. Produced by Charleston Pierce Presents and held at Temple in San Francisco, the show featured West Coast Leather’s Spring/Summer 2010 White Leather Collection. We donated one of their newest antique biker jackets from the City Collection and it was auctioned off during the silent auction for this worthy cause. All the ladies sported either all white leather or white and black leather combined. Their model Nico Rodney was featured in the men’s Black Leather segment of the show. Lots of local San Francisco designers showed off their newest pieces during this show and the event was well covered by the local media. Please see pictures on their website.
2009 – Fall. New Boutique on Grant Street. West Coast Leather opens up a new premium boutique in San Francisco’s Union Square at the corner of Grant and Sutter. Their existing store in the Westfield San Francisco Centre has got leather for everyone as always; the new boutique provides a showcase for their custom pieces in a beautiful new light filled space.
2009 – October. Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Charity. West Coast Leather designed and donated an original corset handbag to This Old Bag Charity event at the W Hotel to benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. The BCEF fund helps people recovering from cancer to pay their bills and be able to focus on getting well.
2009- May. Wounded Warrior Benefit, Playboy Mansion. West Coast Leather attended the Stars and Stripes function at the Playboy Mansion to benefit the Wounded Warrior Benefit. West Coast Leather makes two custom moto jackets for the event. Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends – the twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon, modeled the jackets at the mansion. The jackets, both West Coast Leather Style #6040, were made in a special pink fascia washed skin with white exposed zippers, silver hardware and the Playboy bunny insignia in crystals on the backs and sleeves of the jackets. The event was hosted by Playmates Victoria Fuller, Jessica Burciaga, Sarah Stage, Masumi Max, Metal Sanaz, Maria Venus, Mindi Smith and Kina Tavarozi. There was live entertainment and DJs. We currently have one of the jackets, signed by Victoria Fuller, in our store. Please see pictures on our website.
2009 –Spring. New Sexy Leather Corset Collection released. West Coast Leather releases an exciting new line featuring a new fitted corset bustier, lace up corset jacket, corset skirt and pants in black, red, white and turquoise.
2009 – March. A&E Show – “The Cleaner.” West Coast Leather outfits Benjamin Bratt, Grace Park and Esteban Powell in leather on the new show “The Cleaner” which runs on A&E.
2009 – February. Cher’s Operation Helmet Charity. West Coast Leather made custom leather jackets for Cher for her Operation Helmet charity. Operation Helmet upgrades helmets for our US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to help protect them from head injuries. The “Cher” jacket is the same belted moto biker jacket that Cher wore in her Turn Back Time tour and video on the USS Missouri aircraft carrier in 1989. West Coast Leather brings it up to date with Swarovski crystal details, silver zippers and Cher’s name in crystals on the back of the jacket. Cher signed one of the jackets and we have it on display in our store. See pictures of Monica and James Sexton, the owners of Z-LINE RACING, with Cher as she signs the jacket on our website. Cher and Nascar racing legend Kyle Busch are deeply committed to the research being done by scientist and the founder of Operation Helmet, Dr. Meaders.
2009 – February. West Coast Leather’s New Moto Collection for Men. Release of new men’s “NEXT GENERATION COLLECTION” – black on black leather moto line. West Coast Leather makes a custom jacket for One Life to Live’ actress Portia Reiners whose character Brittany Jennings, wears the jacket on the show. Brittany appears in the jacket on an episode which appeared on the Valentine’s Day show on February 13th.
2008-October. Jenny McCarty’s Generation Rescue. West Coast Leather is commissioned to make two short fitted white moto jackets with zipper detailing for former Playmate of the Year and actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy. Ms. McCarthy is now promoting Generation Rescue, which she founded to help other parents of autistic children. West Coast Leather also makes a custom jacket for Victoria Fuller, who was Playmate of the Month in January of 1996 and again appeared in May 2005 issue. Victoria has appeared on the Amazing Race, is known for her artwork and is currently the only commissioned artist working for Playboy.
2008 – October. New Store in Westfield’s San Francisco Center. West Coast Leather relocates its flagship store to the Westfield San Francisco Centre at 865 Market Street. With retail anchors Bloomingdales and Nordstroms, WCL is the premier leather boutique in the Mall.
2008- Summer. Wholesale, Neal Schon and Criss Angel. West Coast Leather continues to expand its wholesale business and looks for the perfect new San Francisco location to showcase their beautiful leather collections. West Coast Leather makes several custom jackets for Neal Schon of Journey and for Criss Angel for his new Las Vegas mega show.
2008- Spring. MAGIC Apparel Show Booth in Las Vegas. West Coast Leather has its first booth at the MAGIC clothing convention in Las Vegas, showing some of our latest collections. West Coast Leather is honored to have three of our newest couture pieces included in the Runway Shows at MAGIC showcasing new designers.
2007-Spring. Eleven-11 – New Exotic Leather Collection. West Coast Leather unveils the new collection from ELEVEN-11 – LEATHER LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. ELEVEN-11 features washed skins with inlaid and overlaid retro hand lacing combined with exotic skins like stingray and crocodile in intricate designs. West Coast Leather releases its multi colored sports collection and new specialty Swarovski crystal and leather collections. “As we move forward with our name, we will continue our tradition of sophisticated designs, use of the finest quality leather, excellent service and outstanding product care.” – Skip Pas, Design Director.
2007-Spring. JD Nicolas and West Coast Leather on American Idol. JD Nicholas, the lead singer from the Commodores wears the Scarface exotic skin jacket from the ELEVEN-11 collection on American Idol.
2006-Fall. Sergio Guttierez and Liquid Metal Collection. Release of Fall/Winter collection featuring new breakthroughs in leather fashion. West Coast Leather collaborates with jewelry designer Sergio Guttierez of LIQUID METAL to produce new cutting edge leather pieces with inlaid metal jewelry. West Coast Leather LLC is formed with a new partnership with entrepreneur Scott Walker and company founder Skip Pas.
2006-Fall. Pussy Cat Dolls. Lead singer Nichole Scherzinger from the PUSSY CAT DOLLS wears the black French lace dress while presenting at the Scream Awards on the NICK network. West Coast Leather gives gift of leather blazer to Criss Angel’s Mom after her release from the hospital.
2005-Fall. West Coast Leather opening in Las Vegas in Fashion Show Mall. West Coast Leather opens up a new boutique in the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
2005-Fall. Black Collection Catalog. West Coast Leather releases the Black Collection Catalog featuring models Donna Feldman, Irena Verona and Yvette Ward. Skip believes that Black Leather is always in Fashion.
2005-April. New Collections and Trunk Shows at Grant Street Boutique. First Spring and Spring 2 Collection trunk shows – April 28th-30th at the San Francisco store from 1 to 7 with modeling, champagne and refreshments.
2005-March. North Beach Leather closes; West Coast Leather opens up. The North Beach Leather San Francisco store location officially changes over to West Coast Leather. Moving forward, West Coast Leather plans a new and exciting Spring Collection as well as new store openings to continue in 2005.
2004-Fall. West Coast Leather in the Dallas Galleria. The first West Coast Leather store in The Galleria in Dallas opens.
2004-Fall. The Black Widow in West Coast Leather. Women’s billiards USA champion Jeanette Lee – “THE BLACK WIDOW” wears her little black leather tank dress and black leather pants on ESPN events and at public appearances.
2004-Fall. West Coast Leather dressing Gamer Nation . West Coast Leather dresses VJ’s and hosts on the video game TV show GAMER NATION.
2003-August. West Coast Leather officially opens for business in San Francisco. Skip Pas, former General Sales Manager of North Beach Leather forms a new company, Gold Coast Leather, Inc. dba West Coast Leather and reopens the San Francisco store. Business progresses and sales remain steady enabling West Coast Leather to introduce new collections.