Did you know that German fighter pilots wore the first leather jackets during World War I? The “bomber” silhouette they used to wear is now a staple in most leather jacket shops. So how did leather jackets get from military uniforms to the iconic pieces we still wear today?
In 1928, the very first motorcycle jacket was sold at a Harley Davidson store for $5.50, designed by Irving Schott, you may know this iconic piece as the “Perfecto.” The jacket took the world by storm when celebrities started sporting the “Perfecto.”
1930s & 40s
During WWII the A-2 leather flight jacket made its first appearance. Starting out as a military uniform, today the classic jacket is a staple in many men’s wardrobes around the globe.
The time where fashion was influenced heavily by anti-war protests and the biggest bands of the time. The Beatles were known for wearing black leather jackets on stage, and many followed suit.
1970s and 1980s
Punk rock was at its peak during this time, showing the world all kinds of new leather jacket styles apart from the classics we have seen years prior. With chains, straps, colors and everything in between, it was a new era for the leather jacket.
It’s a girls’ world too now. Many women, including the top fashion models at the time, started sporting leather jackets to amp up their casual chic looks.
Today, the sky is the limit when it comes to leather jackets. Genuine leather has left its mark in history and will continue to be a front runner in fashion for years to come.