I am in the market for a new leather jacket. (I’m not actually in the market, as in ‘down Walford’, I’m ‘looking to buy’.) I live in leather jackets (again, don’t take that literally – I live in a house, not in a pile of leather garments!) and I buy a new one almost every year. So far I have never had to throw one out because I always buy superb quality little numbers that last an absolute age! (Best buy ever was a Joseph jacket reduced from £1050 to £250 in the Harrods sale, 2005!) Anyway, here are a few that are on my list for consideration at the moment. As soon as I actually buy one, I shall let you know!
Just bloody lovely. I like a shearling collar, except that they can get a bit grubby. £520 from here: Coggles
2) Jil Sander Shearling Aviator Jacket
Sigh. Sigh. Sigh. I want it SO much, but it’s the same price as my MA course fees for the year, so….no, then. £3110 – yes, £3110, from here: Net-a-Porter (Check it out on the model, I am SO in love with this coat!)
3) MIH Jeans Distressed Leather Biker Jacket
I like the lining. And the jacket, too, obviously. I love a bit of distressed leather! (Cue little jacket squealing help! Help me! Oh please do help, I’m in such a leathery pickle!) This one is £685 from here: Net-a-Porter
A little note about less expensive leathers; there are some very good ones out there, but I have found, through trial and error, that spending a little extra on coats and jackets is well worth it in the long run. My Jil Sander wool coat, bought in 2003 for £800, is still wheeled out every winter and it still looks incredible. I have probably worn it about 400 times, making the cost-per-wear approximately £2. Compare that to the H&M coat I bought the same year which didn’t last quite so well – cost per wear £8. Swings and roundabouts, people, swings and roundabouts.