The leather jacket has come a long way from being the garment of choice for motorcycle gangs to wardrobe staple for every man. From its original look back in the early 20th century – shiny black leather, thick and very heavy – menswear brands are now innovating the leather jacket. The modern leather jacket is now light, slim-fit and suitable for many occasions. Here are 10 we love:
Leather jacket #1 – Surface to Air Black leather quilted biker jacket
Inspired by bikers, this leather jacket by Surface to Air has the classic cinch belt at the front hem. There are nice details like a stand-up collar with velcro and multiple zipper pockets for your phone and wallet. Made from 100% lamb nappa means it is durable and strong. Perfect over a basic white tee.
Leather jacket #2 JUUN.J Black ribbed trim Lambskin Leather Jacket
A more modern take on the classic black leather jacket. The press-studs give a subtle edge to this and contrast the black lambskin. We also like the off-center zip which gives this a quirky look. Less badass and more modern satorialist.
Leather jacket #3 – Balmain brown leather padded biker Jacket
For the men who want a leather jacket and have a some cash to blow, Balmain is the brand to go. Famed for their motorcycle-inspired pieces, the French fashion house is very serious when it comes to menswear. This leather jacket has a more boxy construction and would suit smaller-framed gents or those who want to accentuate their shoulders. Made in France from soft lambskin.
Leather jacket #4 – Mackage Brick red Nickson distressed leather biker jacket
This brick red jacket from Mackage takes a certain type of guy to pull off, like those who are effortless with thier style and roll out of bed looking like Bradley Cooper. Featuring a structured look, this leather jacket is similar to the above Balmain jacket, but is more classic in terms of style and tailoring.
Leather jacket #5 – Neil Barrett forest green nubuck and knit biker jacket
By now you would have noticed a lot of the leather jackets have extra padding in the shoulder areas. As the fashion world tends to select male models who are slimmer, extra padding in areas like the shoulder and chest help ‘bulk up’ their frame. For men with narrow shoulders, this is a positive thing. However, if you have normal or wider shoulders, look out for leather jackets which have a balanced cut – like this offering from Neil Barrett. Whilst it has quilted panels near the shoulders, the tailoring is still flattering and won’t make you look like the incredible Hulk.
Leather jacket #6 -Paul Smith slate blue zippered leather jacket
Blue leather jackets don’t come around often, so we like this Paul Smith piece already. We also like detailed vents at the underarm which make this leather jacket suitable for warmer months. The raw edges at the hem and sleeve cuffs give this jacket a deconstructed finish and is perfect when paired with denim.
Leather jacket #7 – Maison Martin Margiela slim-fit leather biker jacket
If you’re looking for a modern twist on a classic piece, you can’t go wrong with Maison Martin Margiela. This leather jacket is a testament to the brand’s understated and off-beat detailing. Whilst the cream-coloured leather means you have to careful of colour transfer, under good care this leather jacket is a great investment piece.
Leather jacket #8 – Belstaff Preston leather jacket
Leather jacket #10 – Saint Laurent slim-fit leather biker jacket
We always save the best for last. If you’re looking for the mother of all killer leather jackets, this Saint Laurent piece is it. It’s a modern take on the original leather jacket and comes in slim-fit tailoring. It has the perfect balance of rebellious cool and Parisian charm that’s also completely wearable.