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June 06, 2022 4 min read

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.


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Choosing the perfect biker jacket might seem like a tough decision. There are so many options out there! How to know which jacket is the right one for you?

Luckily, Independence Brothers has stepped in to help. Below, we’ll go through a quick overview of one of our favorite leather jackets and some tips to help you along the way. Read on to find out more.

An Overview of the Leather Biker Jacket

Many leather jacket fans started their love with the biker jacket. It is the classic leather jacket look. The jacket was created in 1928 by Schott NYC - a company founded by brothers Irving and Jack Schott. The jacket was created and released for Harley Davidson, the well-known motorcycle company. Its purpose? Protection against the elements as you ride your motorcycle in the open air.

The leather biker jacket was a functional piece until it rose to stardom. This occurred in the 1950s, when Marlon Brando, Hollywood star and heartthrob, wore one in his movie The Wild One. Suddenly, non-bikers wanted that jacket too.

Since then, it has been seen in movies like Grease, worn by actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, and even on sensations like The Beatles.

As time passed, the leather biker jacket became not only a fad, but a fashion statement. Today, it is worn for a myriad of reasons, and we love all of them.

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Leather Biker Jacket

So how do you choose the right jacket? Consider these things:

1.   Leather Choice

There are a few different leathers out there - lamb, cow, sheep, and more. Each leather has its own feel and characteristics. Which kind do you prefer? Do you want a softer leather? Then go with lambskin. Something a little less buttery, there are other animal options.

You also want to consider the quality of the leather - top grain, full grain, or anything in-between.

2.   The Fit

The fit of the jacket is important. You need to make sure your jacket feels like a second skin. Whether you get one in a standard sizing or you go custom, the fit is crucial to your choice.

3.   The Details

While biker jackets have a similar look, they have details that set them apart. The amount of pockets, whether it is asymmetrical, and the front clasp all contribute to not only the look, but the functionality of the jacket. Figure out what you are looking for and need to make that choice.

4.   The Color

What color are you looking for? There are a few different leather jacket colors out there. Thinking about what you own in your closet and what matches best can help you with this.

5.   The Lining

Leather biker jackets can have different linings. Thicker ones will last longer into the season and protect you against cooler temperatures. If you are looking for a warm jacket, you won’t need a heavy lining but may not wear it until fall weather drops a bit.

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Consider Going Custom

Have you ever considered going custom? There are pros and cons to creating a custom leather biker jacket for yourself. Hear us out, and then decide what works best for you.

Pros

The biggest benefit to a custom leather jacket is the fact that there is nothing else like it. Not only is this jacket unique, but you made the decisions. You took the time to think about what you wanted and work with the jacket makers to bring it to life.

Custom jackets also have the benefit of fitting better than any ready-to-wear jacket will fit. Measurements are taken so that the jacket doesn’t fall short on the sleeve or on your torso. If ready-to-wear sizes never feel quite right on you, a custom jacket fixes that. You may feel like Goldilocks in the bear cottage until you go custom, which will fit you ‘just right.’

 

Cons

The biggest con with a custom jacket is that you cannot return it if something is wrong. The makers will work with you to ensure your measurements are correct. If you made an error though, it can’t get sent back.

Many people think a custom jacket also means a higher price tag. This is true in many cases. Something made en masse is going to cost less than a custom item. But there are companies out there that make custom jackets for an affordable price tag. Independence Brothers is one of them.

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Conclusion

Whatever jacket you choose, we hope it is one you love. Hopefully, this guide was able to help you narrow down your choices or figure out where to start your search. As always, we are happy to assist with any questions you may have and guide you on your shopping journey.


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