Brooke is one of those badass babes who you hear of a hundred times before you actually meet her. She hand makes leather goods, some that you have most likely seen before cus’ they’ve been worn by some seriously famous people. Everything from custom bootstraps to fringed out leather chaps, this lady could make you anything your leather heart desires. Brooke is a bad biker lady too and has some old school Easy Rider vibes around her when she’s smoking darts and riding her big bikes around California. If you ever get the chance to sit down with this one, do it. But in the meantime, here’s her On The Spot answers:
A/S/L: 33/F/Los Angeles
The best trip you’ve ever been on?: Oh boy, so many good trips, so many hijinks! My 2009 and 2012 rides to Sturgis were pretty amazing - both times were a 2 girls, 1 bike scenario with really good girlfriends and between the two trips there were beautiful rides, insane weather, near death, a night in jail and meeting so many people on the road that I still call friends today. Oh and my Mexico adventures with my Grandpa - he was somewhat estranged from my family, I hadn’t seen him since I was 8 but we reconnected in my 20’s over our love of motorcycles and I spent the last 2 years of his life flying down to Mexico where he lived every few months for little 3 to 4 day trips with him and his bikes. Just me and this 86 year old wildcat riding from Guadalajara to Puerta Vallarta, down the coast of Jalisco, around Lake Chapala, to the leather mecca of Léon. He was something special for sure.
Tell us something that’s on your bucket list. Riding to Alaska. A Coast to coast trip also. I see both happening sooner than later. Oh and non-motorcycle related - my boyfriend, Jackson is a helicopter pilot and has been looking into these seasonal jobs flying for the research centers in Antarctica. The only people up there are people working for the research centers, but they need people to do day to day jobs as well, like working in the general store, answering the phones etc. So someday we’ll both make it down there for a season and see a part of the world very few people ever do.
How'd you get into leather working and why are you so good at it? Oh, well thank you! Well the answer to both of those questions is my amazing genius mentor, Agatha Blois. When I moved out to LA 10 years ago, I met her through a mutual friend and just fell in love with her and everything she did. So I pestered her for almost a year to let me be her assistant - she worked alone at the time - until finally she did! I pretty much learned everything I know from her, and I took some classes at the Trade Tech to learn how to sew better and make patterns. Working for her was just the coolest - I got to make leather stage gear for all of my rock n roll idols. Rob Halford, Motley Crüe, Billy Idol, Slash, ugh, so many… She’s an absolute rock n roll biker goddess and we’ve been through a lot together. So even though I’ve been solo for about a year, we still help each other out.
What's the thing you made that you're the most stoked on? After everything I make, I always say “this one’s my favorite!” haha. The leather jackets are always so satisfying because they’re such a bitch to make but then when I see them on the people they’re made for, fitting perfectly and exactly what I envisioned, the (literal) blood, sweat and tears fly out the window and my heart just swells! I’ve been making these sick 5 pocket leather jeans that totally rule too - tight as fuck, rockstar pants that are so great to ride in. I think the best is still yet to come tho...
If we came over to your house for dinner, what would you make us? Uh, I’m not in the kitchen very much these days, Jackson’s the cook. I’d have him fire up the smokers and make you some of his delicious Kansas City style BBQ.
Favourite Instagram page you follow? There are so many good creators on IG these days! I loooove @bh.and.br - super cute boots that you can actually ride in, aaaaaand you can customize the leather! Also, @hollywoodriffraff makes amazing custom rockstar boots (I’m obsessed with shoes, sorry) - one day I’ll get a pair of Lemmy boots… And on a lighter note, @fashiondads_ - I’ve submitted SO many photos of my dad, someday he’ll be featured and my life will be complete.
Do you ride with any women? : I’m not a big group ride girl, but I have my ride or dies that I like to go on trips with.
What’s your bike(s)?: 2008 Sportster 1200 and 2008 Dyna Street Bob
For more information on Brooke and her brand, Hell Bent Leather, check out her site: www.http://hellbentleather.com