There are fewer factories in the United States than there were 20 years ago, and even fewer of those specialize in leather. For example, buy a black jacket if the majority of your clothes are bright in color, or are mostly black and white. Current Styles Reiss The Reiss man is refined. I've got a messenger bag from them that I've had for almost 20 years, and a coat that's about 10 years old now.
All you need is a tailor's measuring tape. It's a good investment anyway, because shopping online is SOOO much easier once you know your measurements. I looked at some of the suggestions on this page a bit too. Egil looks pretty good, but their jackets are not aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion. Roots, and Eddie Bauer. Thank you so much for this post. The Aero site had just the reproduction I have been looking for. I'm all about the cafe racer aka board racer. It's the perfect mix of not being too punk rock, and not being too dad-core.
Actually I'm looking at the flight jacket repoductions. I always want a jacket like those And if I'm gonna spend that kind of money then I might as well get what I want. Looks like they both have a presence in Vancouver. I'm passing through later this month, so I'll have to stop in on them. Good quality better than Danier , made in Canada, and reasonably priced. I got mine during their annual?
Better quality leather than my old Danier coat and made here in Canada, and it didn't cost much more than a Danier coat. You shouldn't need to buy a new leather jacket every year. Good quality leather will lad you for life. Danier was not that quality Roots isn't the top-tier of quality, but you won't be replacing it every few years either.
Are they still made in Canada? Checked the tags, and both were made in China. It makes me think that they're riding on the coattails of the old Roots, and outsource to China. Their leather goods are still made in Canada. The rest of their stuff is not, and I agree it's not cheap. The quality does seem better than average though and I think their prices are fair. I bought some gloves for example and they held up great.
This is good info. I normally walk right by Roots without even giving it a glance. Will check it out at next opportunity. Not exactly sure what the pricing is like, but the only other place in Canada I think of when someone says leather. I've bought 3 quality real leather jackets at Value Village for under dollars. They're rare because they usually go fast, but if you get in the habit of going every week or so, you'll find awesome deals.
I got my sheep skin bomber jacket there ages ago, and I love it. But it looks like it'd be a bit of a trek to get to from where you're at. You might consider taking a look at motorcycle jackets if there is a motorcycle gear shop near you. It's a requirement to have very thick quality leather.
I bought one from Rubber Side Down similar to this and I'm very happy with it, naturally I wear it riding. I'm thinking more along the lines of a coat to wear over a suit. But I appreciate a good piece of leather hide for protection. Some of my older coats end up in my field gear bin to live a second life protecting me from the wonders of the forest. They take a beating, but outlast any of the crappy shells everyone else is wearing. It's amazing how well they take a tree branch. It's a bit of a trek, but I get my leather items jackets included from Hide House in Acton.
The quality is amazing. I've got a messenger bag from them that I've had for almost 20 years, and a coat that's about 10 years old now. This means less interesting elements, simpler pockets, and sometimes no inner pockets.
The most common zipper is the YKK, which tend to be made of lighter metal. Notice the thinner flat pull tab and smaller teeth on the YKK zipper. Higher end jackets will often have RiRi zippers, or custom heavier weight zippers that are less likely to break instead of YKKs.
Jude Law wearing a fencing leather jacket by Carol Christian Poell. Photo via Upscale Hype. When it comes to leather jackets, you have a good handful of animal skin choices, all with pros and cons. My personal favorite variety is calfskin, basically a young cow. To make suede, the top portion of leather is separated from the bottom, rougher layer, known as the corium. These are split further depending on their thickness, and then shaved and sanded smooth to give it its signature soft, fuzzy texture.
Suede is typically made from goat or lamb. Lamb suede is softer than goat, but goat is more durable. The big downside of suede is that it absolutely cannot get wet , as it will dry and get extremely hard. Luckily, there are a handful of suede protectors you can purchase to make your jacket water repellent without changing the softness.
Similar to lambskin, but not as smooth or buttery soft and has a tight pebbly texture. Slightly stiffer than cow, extremely durable, generally smoother grain and high shine, needs a good amount of breaking in. Similar looking to cow leather, but thinner and much tougher.
Fairly uncommon now, so brands tend to charge a premium for it. Very similar looking, with large square and rectangular shaped tile patterns. Crocodile skins will have visible hair follicles small dots on each tile, while alligators will not.
Photo via Saddleback Leather. These leathers are desirable because of the natural pores, which make it more breathable, along with the natural oils, which make the leather feel really soft.
The downside to some is that these leathers will have natural scuffs, scars and blemishes from animals just being animals. The bottom split layer corium is what they make suede out of.
Splitting the top grain from the corium layer makes the leather thinner, creating more comfortable jackets. Corrected Leather is leather that is sanded down to remove the imperfections, thus removing the original grain, then given a faux animal skin grain via mechanical pressing. Corrected leathers are coated with topical treatments, oils and dye, to make them more appealing. Corrected leather is always made from top grain leather, but not all top grain leather is corrected.
Sometimes high quality top grain leathers will be coated with a finish to give it a unique property. One of my personal favorites are waxed lambskins, which make the leather less shiny and give it this smooth, waxy touch. A naked top grain leather can be just as nice as a naked full grain. A full grain leather jacket can be uncomfortable compared to a top grain leather jacket because of its thickness. How does it fit? All of these things should be considered when buying a jacket.
Feel the leather by scrunching and squeezing the sleeve it in your hand. Rub your fingers on it. Is it soft, grainy, a little oily feeling? When it comes to determining the overall quality of the jacket, checking out the other parts of the jacket helps a lot. A trick of mine is to pay more attention to the details, as the quality of the leather can be very subtle once you get away from over corrected leathers.
Check the zipper, the lining, the stitching. The zipper is usually the first thing to go when trying to make a design cheaper. Sometimes expensive brands will use a YKK, but there are other details you can look at. Are there two separate linings for the body and sleeve? Is the synthetic or silk lining smooth or is it relatively rough? As the saying goes, it should fit like a glove.
With your jacket, you want to be able to bend your arms comfortably. Whether you should be able to zip it up or not is a matter of preference. I almost never wear my jackets zipped up, so sometimes I lean towards the tighter side. In general, jackets with higher armholes will fit better. The lower the armhole, the more it will pull on the body of the garment when you move your arms.
Higher armholes will give you better movement in your arms. For versatility, black and brown are king. The style of your jacket depends heavily on where you plan to wear it the most. If your job is full business formal, that is, a suit jacket is required , then a leather jacket is not appropriate.
Leather jackets work best in smart casual and casual work environments. If your work allows for more casual looks, the best styles to get are bombers and racer style jackets.
Their minimal details make them extremely versatile and are easy to dress up and down. A good rule of thumb to follow: The more details an article of clothing has, the more casual it is.
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