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Rick Owens Leather Jacket Review

July 31, 2021

Rick Owens 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.


Who is Rick Owens?

Rick Owens, the namesake of the Rick Owens company and brand, is an American fashion designer. He is from Porterville, California. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to study art, and then went on to take pattern making and draping courses. This led to his work making garments and the rest, as they say, is history.

The beginnings of the Rick Owens Company

Rick Owens launched his fashion line in 1994, stationed in Los Angeles off of Hollywood Blvd. In 2003, he moved to Paris and set up shop there, where his runway collection has been ever since. Owens continued to expand to other countries, such as England. Rick Owens even introduced a furniture line in 2005, showing the expanse in his talent. He’s known for making all types of clothing, including our favorite thing in all the world - leather jackets.

The Stooges Jacket

While there are many leather jackets that have come from Rick Owens, the Stooges leather jacket is the legendary one. Kate Moss had worn the Stooges leather jacket in the French Vogue magazine. The jacket feature resulted in Owens gaining prominence in the fashion industry. In 2002, Rick Owens produced his first runway show. The show was titled, “Sparrows,” and was part of New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer collection. Helping him produce the show was Anna Wintour and Vogue, and of course the Stooges jacket was featured. The leather jacket was a biker jacket with angular flaps and an asymmetric zipper, made up of washed leather. Rick Owens now not only had a name in the fashion industry, but had carved his way into the leather jacket world as well.

Rick Owens fondly remembers this jacket and has been interviewed about it, even years later. Of the jacket, he told The New York TImes,“My leather biker jacket really is kind of the DNA and starting point of my collection. I’m proud and happy that everything I do still kind of goes with that jacket.”

The way the jacket was so universally wearable is what the designer believes helped it, as well as him, become well-known. It was a jacket that all kinds of women could wear, because it conformed to every size, age, and shape.

How do I purchase a Rick Owens leather jacket?

If you’re looking to get yourself a Rick Owens jacket, you can shop online or go to one of their brick-and-mortar locations. They have locations in cities like New York and around Europe. If you want to shop online, you can go to https://www.rickowens.eu/en/US/.

The website is monochromatic and chic, in shades of gray, white, and black. When it comes to shopping, the site is broken up into letting you browse for men, women, designers, or the type of item that you are shopping for. If you don’t want to spend time perusing, you can use the search function at the top right hand side of the page. If you decide to use the search bar, you can type in what you are searching for (such as jackets!)

If you use the search bar function, the site will bring you to their jackets. You can refine the search on the side with characteristics such as size, season, color, and gender.

When you find a jacket you like, you can add it to your cart and checkout. Pricing is in euros. Rick Owens accepts credit card, PayPal, wire transfer, and debit card.

Once you place your order, it will get processed in one (1) working day. Orders within the European Union take roughly 24 hours to arrive, while outside of the European Union can take 2-3 days. During the COVID-19 pandemic, shipping times have been delayed around the world, so that is key to keep in mind when you place an order. Delays may also occur during sale season.

What if there is an issue with my order?

If there is an issue with your order once you receive it. Rick Owens will accept exchanges or refunds within 10 days from the receipt of the merchandise. If you want to return or exchange, you can contact their customer service to begin that process.

Rick Owens leather jacket

What should I know about a Rick Owens jacket?

Based on customer reviews, Rick Owens jackets tend to run small. The sizing for the jacket depends on the jacket itself, which you can see when you hover over it on their website. Some jackets are numbered in European sizes, others run small - medium - large. On every product page, there is a sizing chart to guide you. You can always contact customer service with questions as well.

What are consumers saying about a Rick Owens leather jacket?

Rick Owens is known for being not only a brand, but its own lifestyle and subculture. He has a voice that carries through his work. Similar to his biker jacket, people like wearing Rick Owens because it fits into life.

When asked about Rick Owens, people note that while he may have a fantastical piece or so in his show, a lot of his pieces are things that are practical and you want to wear in everyday life. They have features that make them easy to wear and work for you. They fit everyone. His different styles are good for different personalities - dark, light, sporty, and more. He has quality pieces that stand the test of time.

This translates to every piece he creates, including furniture, and of course, his leather jackets. Customers report that the jackets are soft, comfortable, and have a patina that only gets better with time.

Rick Owens jacket pros and cons

Are there any downsides to a Rick Owens jacket?

The biggest downside to a Rick Owens jacket is the price tag. For anyone on a budget, some of his jackets might be outside of that range. Generally, the jackets range in around the $1,500-over $3,000 price range.

That price tag may or may not seem shocking, but there are other factors to consider. A jacket that lasts as long as a Rick Owens jacket is an investment, but one that has longevity. You won’t need a new jacket every year; with a Rick Owens leather jacket, that ~$1,500 will last many years. Plus, the jacket is one of high quality material. While it still may be out of budget, if it is in your budget, this may help justify the pricing. You can also keep an eye out for sales. When we perused their site, they had a few jackets that were half off in price. While it still puts the jacket at the lower end around $1,500, it is much more affordable than a jacket that is over $3,000.

The other downside to a Rick Owens jacket is the inability to get anything custom done. The jackets are ordered off of the site and you are unable to create something of your own. Other companies we have highlighted in the past do have bespoke options, including Independence Brothers. To us, it is an extra level of personalization that we love.

What if I want a custom leather jacket?

Bespoke leather jackets are on the rise. Creating what you wear and having something so personal is an awesome feature that some companies offer. We’ve spoken about a few of them in our blog, in addition to Independence Brothers. Check out our blog to find out more! Similar to this post, you can learn about the company, as well as their bespoke options. And if you want to know where to start when it comes to ordering your own custom jacket, you can check out our post here or contact our team at Independence Brothers. We would love to help you on your leather jacket journey.

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Jackets We Love

If you get to the Rick Owens site and don’t know where to start, have no fear. Below, we have highlighted a few of our favorite Rick Owens leather jackets.

  • RICK OWENS FW20 PERFORMA DRACUBIKER LEATHER JACKET - This jacket comes in black leather, and is the most sustainable and organic one in the Rick Owens collection. It is made of lamb leather and is waist length. It features an asymmetrical front zipper, zipper closures on the sleeves, and snap details on the lapis. The jacket is originally over $3,000, but at the time of this writing was 50%, making it closer to $1,600.
  • RICK OWENS FW20 PERFORMA RAGLAN BOMBER JACKET- This jacket comes in black leather as well. It has a glazed finish and minimal grain texture. It is below the waist and has a center zipper closure with a top snap. There are diagonal seaming details on the shoulders and side pockets. There is a ribbed collar, cuffs, and hem. This jacket was also on sale when we saw it - it was originally around $2,600, but the 50% off sale brought it down to roughly $1,300.
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Summarizing Rick Owens

A Rick Owens jacket is an investment you will not regret. While it might be a few more dollars than others, it is a quality jacket that is going to last a while.

Those of us at Independence Brothers love leather jackets. Whether you purchase a Rick Owens jacket or a leather jacket from any other company, we love seeing you in leather. Leather jackets are versatile, expressive, and timeless. They are a jacket that was born over a century ago and yet still make headlines today. A leather jacket is a jacket you can wear on many occasions, with varying outfits. To us, it is a must piece in your wardrobe.

If you have any questions, you can always reach out to our team for help. We hope this post as been helpful for you. Whether you are just beginning your leather jacket journey or have a closet full of our favorite outerwear, it is all fantastic. Perhaps you will expand to add Rick Owens to your closet, or maybe you know his line. Let us know! If you have a Rick Owens jacket, tell us your favorite things about it. If you have not, let us know if the blog post was helpful. Happy shopping!

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