Designing high-end custom motorcycle seats can apparently lead to some unexpected heights in an artist’s career. For Logan Riese-who we last visited on his way up in a 2007 profile in Ultimate MotorCycling magazine-it grew into his own bespoke leatherwear business, and finally to his first boutique in Los Angeles.
Flanked by a John Varvatos flagship on one side and Chrome Hearts across the street, the Logan Riese boutique provides a cushy retreat for the biker, the rocker, and the aficionado of exotic skins.
From the windows hand-painted in 22kt gold leaf inset with polished abalone, to the walls-covered entirely by individually hand-sewn leather tiles inlaid with stingray, crocodile, and metallic leather designs-it is no surprise that Riese is routinely called by studios and celebrities for wardrobes and interiors.
Riese and his business partner, billionaire philanthropist John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell hair care products and Patrón Spirits Company, both see the beginning of a full worldwide high-end luxury brand. The Logan Riese boutique concept came about from the demand of his clientele to see more of his work.
Logan Reise says: “Our line was so much bigger than anyone could ever see in the studio. This gave us the opportunity to showcase our full line.”
DeJoria had already been a longtime client of Riese, and one day the two inevitably sat down to discuss mutual aspirations.
On a routine browse through the Logan Riese boutique, one encounters not only exotic findings, but temptations and compelling works of art-a python and stingray biker jacket with a double-snake motif, a metallic shearling jacket with python accents and hand-cast bronze fleurs, a buffalo grain lamb jacket with sterling silver accents, black ostrich pants with stingray pockets, Wesco motorcycle boots with custom silver buckles and red leather lining, and crocodile tri-fold wallets with whip stitching.
There are his and hers lambskin shirt jackets with Riri zippers, skull bracelets with ruby or diamond eyes, pillows, benches, handbags, and luggage. And of course, there is a blazing American Hogg Pitt Customs’ motorcycle with a seat designed by Logan Riese.