by Sarah Makhluf
Sarah is a freelance content writer from Boston, MA. She loves traveling, fashion, and the beach.
A great cowhide leather jacket is timeless, it’s durable, and it should fit you like a glove. I know how intimidating it can be to find the perfect leather jacket. What materials, size, color, and price will suit you the best? We are here to debunk some of the myths associated with cowhide leather jackets while giving you all the facts you need to know when it comes to finding that perfect jacket to add to your wardrobe.
Cowhide is the unbleached skin of a cow and is a byproduct of the beef industry. Cowhide is one of the most common leathers due to its strong resistance against water and dirt. Those who are avid leather wearers say the longer you wear your cowhide jackets, the more it will start to feel like a second skin.
The most commonly used leathers are made from goatskin, deerskin, cowhide, bison, calfskin, and lambskin. The durability of cowhide does not compare to other types of leathers out there. Cowhide is, in fact, cheaper than other leathers made out of different animal skin, but don't let that sway your decision. Cowhide is the most popular for a reason, it is the most impervious and durable leather available on the market. Motorcycle riders have sworn by their cowhide leather jackets for almost a century, and today the fashion industry uses the leather’s casual matte finish to create countless styles of jackets.
So, still trying to decide which animal leather is best for you? Take into consideration that deerskin and bison are the most similar to cowhide, but maybe a little bit more pricey. Goatskin is much softer and lighter than cowhide, and will most likely feel worn in from the first wear. While goatskin is seen as an all-around great leather, it does come at a higher price tag. Lambskin is as soft as it gets when it comes to leather. The supple and smooth leathers made from lambskin are often used for more luxury jackets and goods which can be worn year round due to the lightweight feel. Calfskin offers a balance between super smooth and also durable. It shares the same rugged look as cowhide but, it has a softer feel and a smoother surface.
Leather jackets boast a long and rich history. The first leather jackets to be mass manufactured date back to the early 1900s and were used by aviators in the military. However, these were made from goatskin. The first cowhide leather jackets to appear on the market were in the 1920s when the classic motorcycle jacket became a staple in almost every man’s wardrobe.
For over a century men have been showing off their personal styles through good leather jackets. Whether your preference is classic, moto, or anything in between, adding a good cowhide leather jacket into your wardrobe will not disappoint. Take a look at the top 5 styles and find which one best suits your personal style needs.
A good quality cowhide leather jacket is an investment. I know there is no shortage of cowhide leather jackets out there, but how do you know if a cowhide leather jacket is good? When looking for the best cowhide leather there are a few tips and tricks to follow.
Now, let’s talk price. I know sometimes the price tags on genuine leather jackets can be intimidating. While I do believe a good leather jacket is an investment, there is still no need to break the bank completely. Now, you can buy genuine cowhide leather jackets for around $100. That being said, take into consideration you may not be getting the highest quality. For a good quality cowhide jacket, the range is between $300 to $500. This may seem a bit steep for some, but remember these jackets are made to last. This is not a piece you will wear for two years and toss it to the side. For those who are more extravagant, cowhide jackets can go all the way up to $700 plus. I personally believe staying within the $300 to $500 range is the best option. As long as you take proper care of your jacket this piece will last you years to come, so don’t worry about not getting your money's worth!
Having trouble deciding between affordable and luxury brands? How do you know if you should invest your hard earned money into a more expensive item? What’s important to know before buying is the difference in quality between the cheaper and more pricey brands.
Affordable brands will produce jackets which will always look nice upon the first glance, however when you are shopping be sure to take a closer look. When looking into leather be sure to keep an eye out for the grade, appearance, texture and of course price. Any cowhide jacket will be unlikely to rip or tear but the lower the quality, the jacket may be susceptible to environmental damages.
While you are shopping, I want you to take into consideration the grain. Full-grain is low in availability and high in quality, making it the more expensive of the two. Full-grain comes from the top layer of the hide and is the highest quality money can buy. It also has not been sanded or altered to remove any imperfections or natural marks on the animal skin. Top grain is actually corrected leather, meaning that the skin of the animal is shaved down to remove a thin layer of the upper grains. Top grain is slightly less strong than full-grain and is much more readily available, making it a bit less expensive.
High-quality leather jackets should last you forever. With the proper care, there is no reason a good leather jacket will tear or fall apart unless of course it was made with less than top quality materials. Buying a good jacket is like buying a nice car, it will last through wear and tear, it will look great, and it will make you feel like a million bucks.
Sometimes that age-old saying is true, and you really do get what you pay for. The last thing you want to do is go down the affordable route and not be satisfied only to purchase a more high-end jacket on top of the one you already own. Are you ready to start shopping yet? I have compiled a list of my personal favorite shops to purchase cowhide leather jackets.
If you are still on the fence, have you ever thought about having a custom cowhide leather jacket made? Or maybe you have been shopping and have still yet to find your perfect match? Imagine having the perfect jacket, customized to fit your body type and style needs. In recent years a lot of brands have jumped on the trend of offering custom made jackets, and you may be surprised how easy the process actually is.
Nice! You made it to the end of the article. We hope this piece has shed some light on choosing the best cowhide leather jacket for you. As a writer, someone with a passion for fashion, and someone who knows good quality goods writing this article really hit home for me. My grandfather owned a Tannery in Massachusetts back in the day and he taught me a thing or two about high-quality leather, and since then I have always had a liking toward leather goods. Please let us know what you thought in the comments below and share if you liked it!
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