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Marc Jacobs Leather Jacket Review

January 27, 2020

Marc Jacobs Leather Jacket Review

by Joanna Smykowski

Joanna does quite a few things in life, but writing has been her favorite by far. She is a city girl who has moved to a beach town, and second to writing, will never tire of music, travel, and the friendships she makes as a result of both.


Independence Brothers is not affiliated with Marc Jacobs and the opinions expressed here are my own.


Who is Marc Jacobs?

You have got to love those in the fashion world whose names are so well known because of who they are and the company they built. We are talking about the Tom Fords, the Louis Vuittons, the Kate Spades, and more. Today, we are going to dive into Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs is an American designer. He was born in New York City in 1963 and graduated from Parsons School of Design. At Parsons, he was the youngest designer to ever receive the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent. Perry Ellis is an American fashion designer whose influence on the fashion industry has been called a huge turning point, as he introduced new patterns and proportions to a market that was dominated by more traditional men’s clothing. He founded a sportswear house in the 1907s of the same name, and his importance in the fashion industry still stands. The award, and being the youngest to ever receive it, is a big deal. If that is not foreshadowing for what Marc Jacobs would become, we don’t know what is.

Jacobs founded his brand in 1984, but it was not until 1992 that he showcased his grunge collection for Perry Ellis. Two years later, in April 1994, Jacobs successfully debuted his eponymous collection, and it was all history from then. Since then, he has spearheaded countless successful ready-to-wear, handbags, fragrance, cosmetics, and book launches. His company, Marc Jacobs, opened its first store in downtown New York City in 1997. At one point, there were over 200 retail stores in 80 countries.

How do I order a Marc Jacobs leather jacket?

Marc Jacobs has many locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Some of these stores are flagship stores named after the company, while others - such as Saks Fifth Avenue - carry the Marc Jacobs line. If you happen to live near or are visiting one of those stores, you can go inside, try on, and purchase a jacket there. Their website contains a store locator section to see how close you are to an actual store. You can visit https://www.marcjacobs.com/stores and enter your city, zip, or state, as well as your country or region to see where the nearest Marc Jacobs store is to you.

For those who are not nearby or just prefer to online shop, you can order a leather jacket on their website. For those in the United States, you can head to https://www.marcjacobs.com/ to click away to your heart’s desire. Their website allows you to browse and shop, and purchase online. The U.S. website is sorted by Runway Marc Jacobs and their seasonal collections, and The Marc Jacobs, under which there are categories- bags, outerwear, and other options. They have a variety of shipping options, from Standard to Next Day, so that if you are ordering in a rush you are able to pay more and get your jacket faster. If your order is over $50, you qualify for complimentary ground shipping. While you can have a Marc Jacobs account on their website to order, you can also check out as a guest. If you place an order as a guest or as a Marc Jacobs account holder, you can track it by using the tracking number they give you in the confirmation email.

Marc Jacobs accepts payment via PayPal and the following credit cards:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover Card

Shopping on the Marc Jacobs site is easy. When you arrive at the home page, you can click on the left sidebar to get options. The site gives you sub-options of everything they sell and their Outerwear section contains jackets. You can make your search more detailed by narrowing down the color, size, category, style, and material of the jacket that you are looking for. You can also type what you are looking for in the search bar.

Once you have found the jacket that you can add it to your cart and check out when you are done shopping. After placing your order, with will receive within 3-5 working days, unless you pay for a faster shipping option.

Marc Jacobs Leather Jacket

What if there is an issue with my product?

Marc Jacobs speaks on its website about domestic and international returns. The process for returns is more outlined under the international section, and their domestic section speaks mostly to their retail store policy.

For purchases in Marc Jacobs United States retail stores, the return policy is as follows:

  • Returns will be accepted within 30 days of the date of purchase, with a receipt and in original condition and packaging.
  • The item must be returned directly to the store, returns by post courier are not accepted.
  • Returns are eligible for exchange or store credit only. Store credit is valid only at freestanding Marc Jacobs stores in the US.
  • This return policy applies in the US only in freestanding Marc Jacobs stores.
  • Items purchased at a discounted price may not be returned. Merchandise purchased at department stores, outlets, airports/duty-free stores may only be returned to the original point of sale.
  • E-commerce purchases from marcjacobs.com may be exchanged in Marc Jacobs stores for store credit within 30 days of purchase. For full refunds of e-commerce purchases, please follow the instructions on your shipping confirmation or bring the items to a Marc Jacobs store with the return shipping label provided with the purchase and we will send your returns for you.
  • All sales are final. No returns will be accepted for the following categories: Special Orders, Exotics, Swimwear, Undergarments, Fragrance, and Beauty.

In order to receive credit, the items must be returned within 30 days of delivery. The refund for shoppers is in the same form of payment originally used for the purchase within 30 days of them receiving the returned order. For anything international, there is a set of policies directly below domestic on their site.

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What if I have other questions, comments, or concerns?

Marc Jacobs has a customer service team dedicated to helping anyone with any questions, comments, or concerns about their products. They are open 24 hours a day to assist shoppers. The Marc Jacobs website has the contact information to reach the team. You can email or call them at 877-707-6272 or customerservice@marcjacobs.com. They also have the UK and Asia contact information if you are international.

Some reviews online showed a negative experience with their customer service, especially online. Many stated that their customer service team is nonresponsive and that there are issues with returns. From the website itself giving mostly return options for their retail store versus their site, it aligns with the complaints that were found. Marc Jacobs may have more team power behind their retail customer service than their online presence, so if you do have an issue with your purchase, keep that in mind and consider visiting a retail store.

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Owning a Marc Jacobs Leather Jacket

If you have decided to take the plunge, congratulations. Let’s chat about owning a Marc Jacobs leather jacket.

Marc Jacobs is a fashion line that is constantly evolving and changing. While in many of our articles, we feature various jackets that we love on the site and want to go into more detail to help you shop around, it is more difficult to do that with Marc Jacobs. Their collection online is limited, so it is possible that when you go onto their site or even in their store, there may not be any leather jacket outerwear being showcased for purchase at that time. If you do not see any jackets on the Marc Jacobs website, you still have other options. As we touched upon before, other stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, sell Marc Jacobs jackets. You can always do a Google search and see whether any other stores - such as Macy’s or Nordstrom - are carrying any Marc Jacobs leather jackets as well.

As a result of this, it is a little bit more difficult to go into jackets that we like and their characteristics. At the writing of this article, we found a few jackets on third party sites, such as Amazon. Price-wise, the jackets ranged from around $80 - as high up as $400. Because none of these were being sold on the Marc Jacobs site, yet it is a high price range, you should be prepared for it all. Here’s what you can expect from a Marc Jacobs leather jacket, based on what we have seen:

  • The leather:Whether you are a seasoned leather lover or you are just getting into wearing that style, you have likely heard of the various kinds of leathers that are out there. We have touched upon it in previous articles, that there is more than just one leather out there and each kind feels and falls differently. The Marc Jacobs leather jackets we have seen have been 100% calf leather.
  • The lining:The lining of a leather jacket can also be a lot of different things, and this has an effect on the wearing of the jacket. Is it thicker for cooler temperatures, weather, and seasons? Or is it a thinner lining that is for warmer days and a specific fashion look? In the Marc Jacobs jackets we have seen, the lining is usually viscose. Viscose is a type of rayon fiber that is made from natural sources such as wood and agricultural products that are regenerated as cellulose fiber. The material can be a little weaker than something such as cotton, especially when it gets wet.
  • What about the pockets? Pockets are where you store things and they are always our friend. The pockets we have seen on Marc Jacobs leather jackets are 100% cotton.
  • How about color, or custom?In our online searching, we only discovered black Marc Jacobs leather jackets and nothing about going custom. If a custom leather jacket is more for you, be sure to check out our articles on them to help you start shopping. And just because we have not seen color leather jackets yet for Marc Jacobs does not mean it won’t come around. The Marc Jacobs collections are always full of surprises.
Marc Jacobs leather jacket

Caring For Your Marc Jacobs Jacket

Once you make the investment in a Marc Jacobs jacket, taking care of it helps ensure the longevity of the jacket and making it worth your while. For a jacket that comes with such a well-known brand and for anything you decide to invest in, the longer the jacket lasts, the better. We always recommend a specialist leather clean to err on the side of caution and ensure that you are providing the best cleaning care.

How to Wear a Marc Jacobs leather jacket

We love leather jackets for a myriad of reasons. One of them is because there are so many styling options! You can create so many looks with one item of fashion. Here are some of our favorites that we love to circle back on:

  1. The white tee- A plain white T-shirt is one of our favorite styling options for leather jackets. The T-shirt is a classic look, with white being a pristine, clean-cut option. Putting your leather jacket over that is one of the most well-known leather jacket looks and gives a nod to bad boy biker style. One of the Marc Jacobs jackets we encountered had a hood attached, so for that kind of jacket, a white tee fits even more perfectly.
  2. Over formal - A leather jacket looks good over pretty much anything, and this includes more formal wear. If you have a button-down shirt that you are wearing and want to throw that leather jacket on top, it will complete the look without taking away from it. Plus, it will give some warmth.
  3. In colder layers - While leather jackets are not meant for heavy blizzarding winters, it is perfect for fall temperatures when you are adding some layers. Wearing the leather jacket with a scarf peeking out is a great fall look.
  4. Sweater weather - Continuing in colder pastures, layering your leather jacket over a sweater is another crisp fall look. Our favorite combination is a lighter sweater, such as gray, with a black jacket and darker pants.
  5. Keeping it casual - When we say we believe leather jackets go with most outfits, we are serious! We mentioned formal, we mentioned tees, but any casual clothing that you are wearing - maybe a denim shirt and trousers, for example - would be a complete look once you threw that leather jacket on over it.

Pros and Cons of a Marc Jacobs Jacket

The massive pro about owning a Marc Jacobs jacket is just that - owning a Marc Jacobs jacket. Whether or not you are into fashion, you will likely know the Marc Jacobs name. Therefore, owning something from them is a statement. It shows you have a timeless taste in outerwear.

The big con for Marc Jacobs is more finding the jacket. Our search came up sparse, and it seems to be a matter of timing, or if you want to go on the hunt for a used jacket on a site like Poshmark. Many of us would rather have our own new jacket. We love having options and various ready-to-wear (or even custom!) options, so not having a more hearty collection of leather jackets is our major con with going with this company for that fashion need. This also means we didn’t find anything along the lines of bespoke leather jackets, which as a company that specializes in them, we love over here at Independence Brothers. The other con lies int heir customer service, which has the potential being an issue. For those reasons, if you are looking to get a leather jacket, you may want to hunt elsewhere.

Conclusion

We feel strongly about leather jackets here and about what they can do for you as a person. We hope this article helped give an overview of Marc Jacobs as a company and what it is like if you choose to shop there for a leather jacket. At the end of the day, you are the person purchasing this extension of yourself. Do the research and read reviews. Compare styles and cuts and comfort. Find what works best for you, what you can see yourself wearing many days throughout the year. If you want to shop in a place with more options, do it! The world is your oyster when it comes to leather jackets and fashion, as long as you are not extremely attached to the Marc Jacobs brand. Whether you purchase a Marc Jacobs leather jacket or an Independence Brothers leather jacket, you need to make sure it is a jacket and an investment that continues to bring you joy.

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