by Sarah Makhluf
Sarah is a freelance content writer from Boston, MA. She loves traveling, fashion, and the beach.
A great, high-quality leather jacket is timeless, versatile, and never goes out of style. Whether you're into a traditional biker jacket, classic moto jacket, or a loose-fitted leather puffer, buying the perfect leather jacket has proven to be a challenge for a lot of men. Who sells the best leather jackets? How will you narrow down a store depending on your personal style, budget, and leather preferences? We're diving into the wholesale leather industry and giving you an inside look at how, where, and when to purchase your next leather jacket.
A good leather jacket is one long-term relationship you'll never want to let go of. How exactly did they go from military uniforms to the runway? Read on to learn a bit of history about leather jackets, how they have evolved, and what styles are still the most sought after today.
Leather Jackets on the Big Screen - Without a doubt, Hollywood played a significant role in the massive popularity and demand for leather jackets. The image of Marlon Brando in a Schott One Perfecto jacket in The Wild One (1953) is burned into our memories. It gives us flashbacks of what life was like for the hell-raising biker gangs in the 1950s. With a jacket synonymous with such an image, it's no wonder men wanted a taste of danger. Another world-famous biker jacket belongs to John Travolta's character in Grease. Danny Zuko's slicked-back hair and T-Bird logo emblazoned leather biker jacket soared into fashion history.
There's a trifecta, if you will, of the most common leather jacket styles. Each has its distinctive mark in history. Check out the most popular leather jacket styles below. While there are plenty of other leather jacket styles to choose from, like trench coats, field jackets, leather puffers, and more, the three below are what made leather jackets the fashion staple we know today.
The moto jacket was invented to help protect men riding at accelerated speeds while trying to beat their competitors during a race. Opposed to the biker jacket, the moto is thinner and usually more flexible. The coat sits very close to the body.
It's the OG of men's outerwear. The flight jacket has a cropped fit and usually a central zipper with fitted waist and cuff bands. Today, bomber jackets come in a slew of different colors, materials, and embellishments. What was once used to protect brothers in arms, is now one of the most memorable pieces of men's clothing to ever hit the shelves.
This "bad boy" jacket is a cropped leather jacket, usually in black. Initially worn by, you guessed it, motorcyclists. You will often find them adorned with studs and asymmetric zips. The zippers were that way to allow riders to lean over their bikes without the zipper digging into their abdomens.
Not sure which leather jacket speaks to you the most? Choosing the right style not only for your taste but also for your body type is essential. For more petite guys, we recommend going with a bomber jacket. The cinched cuffs are more flattering on men with shorter arms, and the cropped fit helps to elongate the torso. If you fall more on the big and tall side, a fitted moto jacket will compliment your body shape the most. With that being said, it's your leather jacket, and ultimately, the most important thing is how you feel wearing it. A jacket that fits well no matter the shape, color, style, or material will look flattering on your body.
Try not to purchase a jacket that's too big to avoid looking like a kid playing dress-up in dad's closet, and one that's not too small, or you may get some serious "fat guy in a little coat" vibes when Chris Farley tried to squeeze into a tiny jacket in 'Tommy Boy.' All jokes aside, you should feel like a million bucks when you're wearing your leather jacket. It should give you a boost of confidence and make you look forward to getting dressed. If you're not sure which style speaks to you, go into a store and try some on in person.
Most popular free-standing stores:
We can't walk into a mall or a major department store in the fall and winter without that familiar musty, sweet scent of leather wafting through the men's outerwear section. The stores mentioned below are a great stepping stone on your leather jacket journey. If you're new to the leather world, head over to a store and start to dabble. Try on new colors, styles, and explore different kinds of leather. We recommend doing this even if you plan to buy a jacket online.
Most popular online brands:
If there's one thing we can learn about the success of e-commerce stores, it's that people love buying stuff from the comfort of their own home. Yes, you can purchase jackets from these outfitters in-store as well, but unless you live in the middle of NYC or LA, chances are there won't be a free-standing shop anywhere within 100 miles. Online shopping allows us to try brands and jackets that we may not have otherwise been able to if we were stuck shopping at our local malls.
Haven't been able to find your perfect leather jacket in-store or online? Have you ever thought about having one custom made? A bespoke leather jacket is the best way to ensure the style, color, and fit you desire without having to search through racks of standard size jackets.
Anyone who doesn't fit into the XS-XL mold that standard US sizing offers to men. Big and tall men and petite men are far too often overlooked. When you order a custom jacket, each is made to order, meaning the width, arm length, torso length, and shoulders will be tailored precisely to fit your body.
If you're a guy who is looking for something more unique. Do you have your dream jacket designed in your head? Having a jacket created just for you allows you to let your creative juices flow. Have you always wanted a red moto jacket or blue biker jacket? How about a patchwork leather jacket or one adorned with embroidery? With custom leather jacket retailers, anything is possible.
A man on a time-crunch. Don't have time to go to multiple stores and try on leather jackets? We get it, life is hectic. Trying to balance our personal and work lives sometimes means we don't leave much for self-care and shopping trips. If you know your size and which jacket you want, order a custom made one online and have it delivered to your doorstep.
We invite you to take a peek at our selection of custom-designed leather jackets here at Independence Brothers. Each of our jackets are hand made using the top-quality full-grain leather of your choice. We help you bring your visions to life. In under five minutes, you can choose all the major and minor details of your new jacket.
Step 1: Choose your color, style, material, hardware, and lining. This is the fun part!
Step 2: Grab the measuring tape. You may need an extra hand to help you measure your waist, chest, arm length, and shoulder width. Jot them down on a piece of paper as you go so you can refer back to your measurements later.
Step 3: Place your order. Let us know all of your requirements so we can get to work on your custom jacket.
Step 4: Sit tight. All of our jackets are hand made to order, which means it may take us a couple of weeks to get each seam, snap, and button perfect.
Thanks for reading! We would love to hear your thoughts on the article. Are you looking to buy a new leather jacket? I hope you can use this piece as a guide for your next purchase. Having a game plan before making a big purchase, like a leather jacket, will not only save you time but also money and hassle in the long run. I believe in being a smart shopper. I like researching brands before I buy and hearing about other customer's experiences with the store. If you have any thoughts on leather jackets, we'd love to listen to them. Drop us a comment below or share this article with someone you think will enjoy it.
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