Lightning Fasteners

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Over the past 100 years Lewis Leathers has used a variety of zip fasteners but the ones that truly became an iconic component in our garments were produced by the Lightning and Clix companies.

The zips we use today are made exclusively for Lewis Leathers and are identical in every detail to their predecessors, each zip component has been fully researched from vintage items and recreated to the highest standard in order to fully compliment our products.

Vintage zip fasteners and ads appeared in our book.  This story of Lewis Leathers book is available here.

Sliders, pullers, teeth and retainer boxes are tooled from the same materials as the originals, (Copper teeth and slider cover, puller, slider and retainer box from zinc alloy). Our zip tape is a cotton-feel polyester which has an advantage over the cotton tape of vintage zips which tended to rot and tear with time and thus compromised the life of the zip. Although vintage in appearance our zippers are made to the highest modern standard.

Lewis Leathers Lightning Zipp Fastener

New Lightning zip fasteners and 1920's catalogue.


Traditionally our zipper tapes were black, however, the cotton zipper tape on the main zips and cuffs tended to fade to a shade of beige when repeatedly exposed to sun and rain while motorcycling, producing a rather nice effect.

Today we offer a choice of traditional Black or Beige for main and cuff zippers, enabling you to customise your jacket.



Britain's first zipper was initially known as the Ready Fastener when first introduced in 1918 by Kynoch Works of Birmingham. The Lightning name was first used for the fastener in March 1920 and became the mark of quality for Britain's premier zipper brand until the company's demise in December of 1980.

No.10 LIGHTNING Main Zip

Early - Mid 60's No.10 Lightning MAIN Zip

● Available Length: 51 - 57 cm | Tape colour: Black or Beige

No.5 Lightning Cuff Zip

LIGHTNING late 50's - early 60's Cuff Zip

● Available Length: 12 - 14 cm | Tape colour: Black or Beige

No.5 L Puller Cuff Zip

Late 60's - Early 70's L Puller Cuff Zip

● Available Length: 12 - 14 cm | Tape colour: Black or Beige

No. 5 Ball Chain Zip

Pocket Zipper No. 5 Ball Chain

● Available Length: 9, 12 - 14 cm | Tape colour: Black or Beige (No.5 zip Beige colour option is only for lengths 9 cm.)

LIGHTNING logo close up.

Advertising Lightning Zipp 1930s.

Lightning Zip boxes detail. Top and bottom view.

Zip teeth, tapes and retainer boxes detail.

From left; No.5 Lightning Cuff Zip, No. 5 Ball Chain Zip, No.5 Lightning Cuff Zip, No.5 L Puller Cuff Zip 

Length (cm): measuring the distance between the metal parts at the top and bottom of the zip.

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