Real leather qualities:
Leather quality comes into play when choosing the right jacket. Cafe racer jackets should have a snug fit and feel like a second skin. While they do sit close to the body a certain amount of stretch is needed for comfort, so be sure you can still move your shoulders and arms with ease. Take your body measurements beforehand to ensure a great fit if you are buying online. If the jacket feels tight when you first put it on, don’t be discouraged yet, most leather jackets tend to stretch out over time. Check out the list below of the most common types of leather qualities.
Full-grain - Full-grain is the best leather money can buy. It’s smooth, soft, has little to no flaws, and feels luxurious. It’s the most desired leather grain, but it also comes with the highest price tag. Full-grain leather is durable and should last for years to come because the top of the grain has not been sanded down, making it extra long-lasting.
Top-grain - Top grain is the most commonly used and is the second highest leather quality. While it may come in second, a lot of people prefer it to full grain due to its high durability and resistance to staining.
Genuine leather - Genuine leather is usually made from the leftovers of the more expensive leather grains. A common misconception is that the term genuine leather is a statement about the authenticity of the pice and while yes the item is made from real leather that does not indicate the best of quality.
Corrected grain - This type of leather has been corrected in some way. Alterations to the leather could include sanding it down to remove any flaws, and then to get the look of the more pricey leathers; a grain pattern is sometimes embossed on it. This is the cheapest of all the typed of leather grains on the market.
Deciding on a style:
Not all cafe racer leather jackets are created equal. When deciding on a style take into consideration that some have a more classic look and some may focus more on detailing.
Classic - The classic cafe racer is unique in its simplicity. Usually coming in black or brown the jackets may or may not have pockets. These colors are also much dressier than the more eclectic ones such as blue or red, so you may get more wear out of them.
Detailed - If you like exploring with color, or maybe you want something a little more unique, I would check out a detailed cafe racer. It may include stripes with contrasting colors, patches, or stitch work on the shoulders or elbows. The style is associated with racing, after all, so finding a brightly colored or more detailed one won’t hard to come by.