Is there any item of clothing throughout history that combines as much attitude, rebellious spirit, heritage or unfiltered masculinity as a leather jacket?
Synonymous with punk rockers and pilots, bikers and the icon Marlon Brando, the leather jacket oozes sex appeal & high-testosterone menswear, but it’s also a surprisingly versatile classic wardrobe staple.
Men have been wearing skins and hides forever, but the leather jacket as we have come to know it today came to existence in the early 1900s. Thought the decades Leather flight jackets were worn by the early aviators and the military, most notably the German Air Force in World War I.The first contemporary-looking style arrived in 1928 when Manhattan raincoat maker, Irving Schott, designed a motorcycle jacket for Harley Davidson. Dubbed the ‘Perfecto’, after his favourite cigar, this leather jacket was built to protect riders from the elements and accidents and has been seen on TV, in movies & on stages across the world ever since. During World War II the flight jacket became known as the Bomber, and was prized for its warmth having been designed for wear in open cockpits. Between then and now, leather jackets have appeared everywhere from in cult flick The Wild One to on the backs of the Ramones. It’s standard-issue for mavericks, scoundrels and sex symbols. Today, a good leather jacket is one of the most expensive additions to a man's wardrobe If for no other reason, a good leather jacket is one of the few long-term relationships you’ll have in fashion. They’re built to last, age as you do and go with practically everything.
The Biker Jacket
The undisputed bad boy of the outerwear world, the classic biker jacket is a cropped leather jacket, usually in black, complete with snap buttons and asymmetric zips. Originally worn, unsurprisingly, by motorcyclists, the asymmetric cut was designed to allow riders to lean over their bikes without the fastenings digging into the body. The earliest examples featured a snug fit with a D-pocket and lapels designed to snap down or fold over each other and zip all the way up.
Our selection of Biker jackets have been crafted in London using the best skins & hides available and finished with Riri hardware to ensure the highest level of quality.
Our Rider Biker Jacket is inspired by the original schott and embraces the rebellious attitude cultivated by its predecessor with an added contemporary edge. Cut in a perfected relaxed fit & crafted from a heavy weight cowhide for maximum durability and warmth its a rugged jacket that due to its thickness, is rather stiff at first & will need breaking in, but you’ll be rewarded with a natural patina and a jacket that is unique to you. Finished with M10 Riri large O zippers for instant recognition and features shoulder vents for comfort. The benefit of its cowhide skin gives the jacket a dominant structure and will retain its shape for years to come.
The Aviator Jacket
Arguably the grand daddy of all leather jackets, as the name suggests, the Aviator jacket was originally created for pilots. Bulky and with a shearling lining for warmth, today it’s a statement investment piece for both airmen and stylish civilians alike worn by cultural icons that include Tom Cruise's Maverick character in the 1986 film Top Gun & modern day celebrities like Tom Hardy.
Our Aviator Jacket is crafted in London from the highest quality shearling in an oversized perfected fit, featuring dropped shoulders, leather pipping & finished with Riri hardware including an M10 Riri large O zipper for instant recognition.
(source’s include, fashionbeans, google)