We just found out this week, but Ivan Mavrinac, founder of Hamilton’s IM Leathers, died on March 30 after suffering a heart attack. He was 63 years old.
Mavrinac’s work was well-known and highly respected in the racing world; top Canadian riders like Jordan Szoke, Steve Crevier, Dave Parker and Steve Beattie wore his creations. The suits he built at IM Leathers had a reputation for being tough, long-lasting, and able to protect a rider’s skin in nasty high-speed crashes.
Mavrinac’s company was originally founded in 1969, to provide items like belts and purses to stores like Le Chateau and Dalmys. Before long, he was building suits for riders in Canada’s growing roadracing scene. He ended up building racing leathers for almost 40 years.
For those who want to pay their respects, there will be a memorial for him at Mavrinac’s shop in Hamilton (257 King St. East) this Saturday at 3 p.m.