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When it comes to truly iconic pieces of clothing, the leather jacket is right there occupying the same realm of fashion eternity as the trench coat, the LBD, and denim. And it’s easy to see why it became such an item of perpetual necessity to both men and women.
Initially worn by military pilots at the beginning of the last century, it wasn’t until the 50s that leather jackets reached peak cult status thanks to Hollywood’s then-bad boys Marlon Brando and James Dean. Suddenly, the biker leather jacket became a sign of coolness, and together with the white t-shirt and a pair of jeans, it made for the ultimate cool kids uniform that anyone could pull off no motorcycle required. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Nowadays, designers love playing with the classic moto-inspired style, re-inventing it in supple suede, for example. Bomber jackets and even safari jackets are given the leather treatment rendering them decidedly more rock ‘n’ roll. Even the equally iconic trench coat, usually cut from gabardine, is given a cool leather makeover.
But don’t take our word for it. Here, see the most stylish leather jackets for men to invest in this season.
Rick Owens Flight Suede Bomber Jacket
This jacket may seem too simple for a Rick Owens design, known for his extravagant aesthetic, but look closely and you’ll see the elongated sleeves. It is crafted from soft suede leather and has an extra pocket on the left sleeve.
To buy: $2,600, mrporter.com
Officine Generale Johan Suede Zip-Up Trucker Jacket
We love the beautiful olive green shade of this suede jacket. It has a two-way zipper and four pockets altogether.
To buy: $1,445, mrporter.com
Belstaff Trialmaster Panther Jacket
What Burberry is to trench coats, Belstaff is to leather jackets. The company has re-imagined its classic design from the 40s, the Trialmaster, and the result will have you looking so stylish. The collar features a small adjustable buckle, and the four-pocket design is practical and cool.
To buy: $1,795, belstaff.com
Frame Slim Fit Leather Western Jacket
This suede leather jacket may have a classic Western silhouette but it looks incredibly elegant thanks to its beautiful cream color and slim fit silhouette.
To buy: $950, nordstrom.com
Tom Ford Worked Leather Zip-Front Jacket
This lamb leather jacket features a spread collar, zip cuffs, and functional side zip pockets. It is a classic piece that any man can pull off.
To buy: $4,890, neimanmarus.com
Saint Laurent Safari Jacket in Vintage Crinkled Leather
Calling all (stylish) adventurers. We are certain that if Indiana Jones was a real person, he would wear this Saint Lauren safari-inspired leather jacket with shoulder tabs and flap pockets.
To buy: $4,990, ysl.com
Thedi Leathers Tan Goatskin Suede Motorcycle Jacket
This jacket dons a classic silhouette but it is the details that make it stand out from the pack—namely the two slanted zip pockets and one large patch pocket on the left side.
To buy: $1,805. therake.com
Chapal Navy A1 Leather Jacket
Chapal’s A1 jacket was once part of the Army’s Air Corp uniforms, worn by pilots, but the brand has given it a 21st-century makeover and it is definitely eye-catching. The classic snug silhouette and details, such as the flap pockets, remain but the color block design takes it to this century.
To buy: $4,015, therake.com
Berluti Calf Leather Jacket
Berluti’s leather jacket is an example of the brand’s craftsmanship and dedication to using superior materials. The silhouette reminds that of a classic blazer which elevates it a bit in terms of look. But the details are really what gives it an edgy vibe—the front stitching, the button closure, and the cuff that reveals itself if you pull the collar up.
To buy: $5,900, berluti.com
Schott NYC ‘50s Oil Tanned Cowhide Leather Moto Jacket
One of the most iconic leather jackets of all time is the one Marlon Brando wore in The Wild one in 1953. Now you can channel your inner Brando thanks to Schott NYC and the barnd’s oil-tanned cowhide leather jacket. Asymmetrical zip closure, adjustable waist belt, and snap-tab epaulets make this piece a true classic.
To buy: $880, nordstrom.com