View Full Version : The Tron jacket

12-23-2010, 12:43 AM
as seen on buzznet.com

12-30-2010, 06:58 PM
Since I've seen Tron, I am desperately searching the leather jacket which Garrett Hedlund is wearing. I don't know how the system works on this site, so can i get some information and I read that Tony Nowak has made this jacket. I am really new to this, was he a designer? Did he have his own brand, or was he only making jackets to movies?

Thanks for the help, I would appreciate any kind of help

Han Jones
01-07-2011, 02:38 PM
Tony Nowak died in April but his step son is still making the jackets till March. I am going to get this one also. You can reach Riley a nowakpadawan@aol.com

01-07-2011, 05:32 PM
I'm very interested in this jacket from TNO. I've emailed Riley a few days ago, but haven't heard anything back yet (not regarding this jacket). I've heard he was on vacation for the holidays. Hopefully soon, I think one more Raiders jacket, and this jacket, and that'll be it for me for a LONG time.

Han - When you get it, you'll have to show us.

01-07-2011, 05:40 PM
I believe he's currently traveling home as we speak

01-07-2011, 05:51 PM
I believe he's currently traveling home as we speak
Well there you go, thanks man!

01-07-2011, 05:56 PM
The wonders of facebook.... ;)

01-08-2011, 10:56 AM
If any of you guys can find the jacket, please let us know about the updates. I really want the jacket too:)

01-08-2011, 11:05 AM
Just email Riley on the address above. He'll be able to give you a price for it ( it won't be cheap). He's shutting up shop for hood in March so you need to get in there soon if you want one ;)

01-10-2011, 12:42 AM
I just e-mailed him about the jacket for the second time. I hope he will reply. Is there a shop where we can go and find him or talk to someone and see the jacket perhaps?

01-10-2011, 02:29 AM
If you are in S California you could probably make an appointment, but you're back to contacting him first

01-10-2011, 05:47 AM
Or send him a message through facebook. I think there's only one Riley Barrie on there

01-10-2011, 10:38 AM
Thanks for the info
I just sent him a message from facebook. I hope he replies rather than thinking that I am a total creep. ha

03-15-2011, 09:01 AM

05-08-2012, 01:29 PM
Tony told me he made the jackets for Tron Legacy in cowhide and kangaroo. He had a prototype in lamb in his shop. All this way before the movie came out. Yesterday at Tony's shop Riley showed me the jacket scrap bag and said he has confirmed Tony made both jackets seen in Tron Legacy.


Kangeroo is ultra, ultra thin and jet black. Pulled off the backing lining and it is NOT lamb. It is kangaroo. Period. Plus Tony stated to me personally the one we see on the grid is made of Kangeroo. He told me the story.

05-13-2012, 03:47 AM
Ok. I reviewed the Tron Thread over at film jackets http://www.filmjackets.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2164 and some pretty good info. But, need to clear up a few things.

1. I'll have to complete this later after I get back from a movie with the wife.

Here's the updated compares I had a chance to do. The black is still not coming out perfect in the photo but I think it's much better than before. It's pretty clear the leather of the lot78 was not what was used in the film.

05-13-2012, 03:46 PM
the Lot 78 looks REALLLY close though. Maybe that was the Hero and Tony made backup, Stunt copies?

05-13-2012, 07:11 PM
I don't think they look really close. But maybe. I'm seeing the hero jacket showing that's it's a two tone leather and not a single tone leather distressed where we see the color differences across the jacket. Maybe I'll come across more clear photos of the hero jacket. There's some other stuff, but I'll finish what I was going to post last night before I ran out of time. You make a good point though that the vendor never really knows where in the film or even if their product is used in the film. They provide the product to costuming/wardrobe and that's what they know. Of course they assume their product was used in the film and "confirm" this with fans who ask like Andy B and protonstream. It can work both ways though, right. Where the jacket the film jacket was procured from think theirs was what was used. Not knowing their product was given to another vendor for changes to be made and not knowing their product was never used in the film, but just used as a basis for the film jacket. Why. The film doesn't like the color or the fit on the actor or whatever. That's why it's used as a basis. I believe Dan TheMan mentioned this happens pretty frequently in the film business on filmjackets. Of course the other way is where the 2nd vendor makes jackets thinking theirs was used, but like in many situations theirs is only used for like you said for stunts or doubles or whatever and the basis one is worn by the hero. Of course, both these scenarios need to be examined.

Here's a good example of a jacket made with two tone brown cowhide Tony has in his shop:

Ok, back to last night.

1. Tony said the jacket he based his off had weird painting that wardrobe didn't like and they wanted to incorporate changes.

2. As Kittlemeier mentioned there are discrepancies in the construction of the "real world" film jacket compared to lot78's. However, as you mentioned lot78's does look fairly close. So I just think we need to possibly take a closer look before making a determination. Between the leather in the scrap bag, what I see as it matches the hero better, and what Tony told me maybe more information is needed.

3. The kangaroo matrix jacket. I cleared this up with Riley in the shop last week. Tony told me he made it out of kangaroo. That's what wardrobe and Tony agreed to because they wanted a leather that looked plasticky for the matrix. He didn't have kangaroo in his shop. I just can't remember from that far back if he said he tracked down enough to make the jacket or if wardrobe provided it. Either way, he was crystal clear about telling me all about making the matrix jacket out of kangaroo.

4. Up until now Riley has stated the jacket was made from lambskin. That's because Tony never told him about the jacket. Riley didn't ever work in Tony's shop with Tony. Tony made a prototype black jacket out of lambskin. It was a prototype (Like the 000 raiders jacket. A prototype made out of available leather.) He showed it to me and told me it was made from lambskin, but the actual jacket he gave to wardrobe was kangaroo. Riley finds this prototype in the shop. Talks to some of the other customers of Tony's about Tron. Riley knows The prototype is made out of lambskin and understandably figures that that is what the film matrix jacket is made from also. However, last week I took the sample of kangaroo out of the scrap bag and peeled off the backing material and demonstrated how there was no way it could be lambskin. Plus I then explained to him about my conversation with Tony so we were able to resolve that.

Anyway, I can't know for sure. Hopefully, some of you other research guys out there who love hitting up costume and wardrobe and digging up more information are able to find more. I'd love to get some better photos of the leather on the hero to really get a better idea of which leather, Tony's scrap or the lot78 provided by Andy B I believe, matches up better. But, I wanted to get out what I have on this so far. The weird paint comment by Tony really struck me though after reviewing the film jackets thread.

05-19-2012, 12:54 PM
Neutron, did you work for Tony or just close friends? How is Riley doing these days? I'd shoot an email, but I'd hate to be annoying. Just a fan of the shop.

05-19-2012, 03:15 PM
No. He helped me with my RocknRolla jacket project so I got to spend quite a bit of time in his shop for awhile. He was a good friend. I miss Big Tony. He loved to laugh.

I posted the last update I have in the news from the shop thread.

05-19-2012, 06:04 PM
He was a good guy. His random phone calls are what I'll miss most. Hope all is well with Riley & Family.