Leather Jacket Lust

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!

1) MuuBaa Jadene Army Grey JacketMuuBaa Jadene Army Grey Jacket

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

Jil Sander Shearling Aviator JacketSigh. 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

MIH Jeans Distressed Leather Biker JacketI 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.

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  1. sugarcoated
    November 4, 2011 / 7:21 am

    Go for the Muubaa jacket. Their fit is always superb and the quality is awesome. Great value for money!

  2. Iulia
    November 4, 2011 / 7:30 am

    The Jil Sander one is the best!!!

  3. Thu
    November 4, 2011 / 7:31 am

    You read my mind! I am also in search for the perfect leather jacket. What do you think about All Saints? A friend suggested I look into them, but since we don’t have them here, I will have to order it online (if I do decide to get one without seeing in real)

  4. Amanda
    November 4, 2011 / 7:36 am

    I just tweeted you a couple of days ago asking about, to quote Diana Vickers, ‘leathers’!! I have a list of about 20 and just can’t make up my mind!

  5. Natalie
    November 4, 2011 / 7:52 am

    All Saints leather is also brilliant quality. I got one from them three years ago and it still looks brand new despite being worn to death. Can’t beat a lovely leather jacket! The Jil Sander one is gorgeous.

  6. Nadia
    November 4, 2011 / 8:15 am

    I wonder which one you will choose. (the second one is beautiful but is probably our entire house’s heating bill for several years so slightly impractical) I like the last one most as it’s the least fussy. I love leather jackets and so happy that this trend is continuing strong and that there is a steady stream of fresh new numbers this autumn/fall to drool over. I will be saving my pennies and fingers crossed will find a new one to covet. xx

    not makeup related but perhaps you could do a video on your collection of leather jackets, and a bit of their history and what you got up to wearing them.

  7. Eve
    November 4, 2011 / 8:34 am

    The second one is amazing! x you could bite the bullet and get it! Long term investment ;)

  8. Grace
    November 4, 2011 / 8:46 am

    Whenever I feel like torturing myself over leather Jackets, there’s a gorgeous Rick Owens distressed leather jacket I like to Oogle on net-a-porter. *sigh*

  9. Vera
    November 4, 2011 / 8:49 am

    Have you ever thought of traveling and get that oportunity to buy a leather jacket? That’s what I do now, they are much cheaper and with better quality anywhere in Eastern Europe. My husband is Ukrainian so we go there every year and I freak out at the market (yes, market) with gorgeous leather jacket for an average price of 200€. I know, they have no brand and after all it is a market, but they are real leather and with GREAT shape. It’s enough to see what Ukrainian women dress: they might be tall, skinny and beautiful, but above all Ukraine has the best jackets I have ever see. What you would buy for some 600 or 800€ in Europe it’s common to find for 200-400€ there.
    Of course, you might not want to go to Ukraine just for that and most of people at the market don’t even speak english and will try to inflate the price if they spot a foreigner (I’m never authorized to open my mouth at the Ukrainian markets :x ) but you can try Prague. They should also have some nice spots to sell it at a better price. And of course, you can choose between winter of spring jackets, sometime with the option to adapt it as the bring an extra “fur” “inside cover” you can add during the winter (attached with zippers).

    Anyway, my favourte is the second :) But yes, that price is also my Master’s… Oh well, when the MA starts to pay off we will have our return, I hope!

  10. November 4, 2011 / 9:07 am

    Not quite on the same price level but i recently got a petrol blue pleather jacket from River Island. It was like £50. I’ve been wearing it every chance i get with my favorite grey jeans.

  11. November 4, 2011 / 9:56 am

    The second one is amazingly beautiful but wow what a price :(

  12. Vera
    November 4, 2011 / 10:34 am

    Krakow might also be a great trip to buy a jacket :P Such a nice excuse!

    Btw, have you seen the new OPI Muppets collection? I just went to Sephora (Maastricht) right now to buy a nail polish remover and I stumbled upon it. They have a gorgeous shiny dark purple… I’m in love!

  13. November 4, 2011 / 10:46 am

    I love a good leather jacket- the top one is lovely. Just wish they were easier to fit! I like to wear one that covers my midriff and lets my arms move! Perfect for winter! xx

  14. Gail
    November 4, 2011 / 11:39 am

    The Jil Sander jacket is to die for. I really recommend Acne leather jackets. They are expensive, but worth it. It’s investing, not spending.

  15. Ingrid
    November 4, 2011 / 11:45 am

    Ruth have you seen the Allsaints leather collection? A bit more affordable but totally gorgeous, and the quality is great too! I’m saving up for one, haha :)

  16. b
    November 4, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Couldn’t agree more on INVESTMENT buying! I purhcased a Balenciaga men’s FW2010 for about £1450, and I wear it all so often! Check out The Kooples’ collection of leathers and wool coats – Parisian chic at its very best!


    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 1:00 pm

      So many leather comments! Am I right in guessing that fashion posts are quite welcome here on AMR?!

  17. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    Yup, they certainly are, tho’ don’t stop the beauty posts! By the way, I’ve washed suede @ 30 degrees, maybe more than once, till it’s clean, with Dr Beckmann’s whitener (it was white and beyond filthy), and then dried it, till really dry, in the tumble dryer. Very successful, unlike dry cleaners! The trick is the tumble drying stops it becoming hard and crispy. Has anyone done this with leather?
    And by the way, AllSaints have clearance stores! Save some pennies by hunting them out! xx

    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 1:45 pm

      @Sue I have never heard of that! Did you just experiment or did you know that it would work?!

  18. Emma B
    November 4, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    I have been in the market too! I have a lovely grey leather that I got on sale a couple years ago, but I’d love a standard black. Right now I am lusting after the Balenciaga leather, but I am recently married and its quite hard to explain I would spend 2k on a leather jacket when it could buy us two tickets a faraway place.

    Love the Jil Sander jacket, although the MIH Jeans jacket is more my style. Definitely let us know what you choose so I can live vicariously through you.

  19. November 4, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    I have a leather jacket I adore and think they are a must for everyone. The MuuBaa one is gorgeous!

  20. Ceri Davies
    November 4, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    I found an Acne leather jacket reduced from £750 to £200 last year in the Selfridges sale – I live in it! No-one ever believes I got it so cheap!

  21. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 6:27 pm

    A friend told me – I don’t know where she found out about it, she may have experimented! It worked brilliantly, better than I expected! You have to use a tumble dryer, and get it bone dry. Oh, and strictly 30 degrees, no hotter! I put it through twice, and used a low temp stain remover both times – We haven’t tried leather yet, but I’ll do my old one soonish, and see – I’ll let you know when I do the deed! This means you can risk buying grubby vintage suedes anyway. Still make a face, and complain about the expense/ineffectiveness of professional cleaning when bartering! Oh, and be aware that surface finishes might get damaged! xx

  22. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    p.s. If it’s really grotty and stained, you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain, so to speak – and specialist cleaning really doesn’t work that well, so don’t – it’s really expensive as well as rubbish xx

    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 6:34 pm

      @Sue that’s very true!! I wonder if it would work on my Miu Miu handbag?!! xx

  23. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    Pack it in a pillowcase, make that two, to protect the hardware, and tighten/wrap with white cloth studs/bits that come loose or could damage/tear fabric . Make sure it’s totally empty – you don’t want to find you’ve washed earrings/silk scarf that could dye it, eek/any thing like gum/sweeties, even if it’s wrapped(sod’s law says it won’t be for long), and use stain removers, so you don’t have to do it 3/4 times. Let me know how it goes! xx

  24. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    Oh, and love the nontwitter news post! xx

    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 7:19 pm

      @Sue you have turned into a leather-care expert!! Guest post? XX

  25. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Wow! For serious?

  26. Wiebke
    November 4, 2011 / 8:21 pm

    Loove the first one! But i dont like the jil sander one at all! Especially not on the model!

  27. emjay30
    November 4, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Jil Sander looks exquisite bit go for the MIH as looks more your style and with less bankruptcy!
    Loving Sue’s tops tips! Am also dissolusioned with ineffectual dry cleaners charging extortionate prices! Can I ask Sue if you have ever tried dyeing suede? Had a lovely jacket dry cleaned and it faded so thinking of dyeing it as I dont wear it now.
    Ruth I am loving your non-beauty posts. Had a look at the sweater but dry clean only which puts me off. And you can get another 5% cash back through topcashback – this is my link: http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/emjay30
    Am so glad you got your site fixed as I have been unable to visit recently – boo x

  28. Sue
    November 4, 2011 / 8:40 pm


    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 9:52 pm

      @Sue if you could make that into a post, I think that it would be very interesting! So long as it actually works, obviously!! xx

  29. November 4, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    I too am on the lookout for a leather! I sadly have to replace my Topshop Boutique biker which is lovely but unfortunately only lasted a year before it developed a mysterious tear! Maybe I can complain?!?! Anyway Ruth, I agree with your wisdom – I’m finding it is more and more worthwhile to fork out a bit more dosh for better quality. I am looking at Sara Berman jackets and Doma too (like Rick Owens but half the price – around £500/£600ish) but still undecided!
    Loving the new newsfeed thingy and yes fashion posts are VERY welcome! xx

  30. Sham
    November 4, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    Hey I have been searching for a leather jacket for ages. Searched all the usual suspects net a porter etc etc but not having much luck. Looking for a blazer style but everything I see is very much biker. Any suggestions anyone?..

    • admin
      November 4, 2011 / 11:57 pm

      @Sham I think they had a few blazer style on Coggles.com!

  31. Sham
    November 5, 2011 / 9:50 am

    Thank you Ruth I will have a look. Out of your chosen three the Jill sander is lovely. Loving all your tutorials. Keep up the good work.

    • admin
      November 6, 2011 / 1:46 am

      @Sham thanks, I will try! xx

  32. Kate
    November 5, 2011 / 11:44 am

    MIH Jeans Distressed Leather Biker Jacket is beautiful!

  33. Sue
    November 5, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    @emjay I feel your pain (from emptied pockets, grrr), as this has happened to me. I’ve never done this,and the couple of girls I know who have, have used suede shoe dye. The result is terrible – stiff, and streaky, even after multiple applications, so don’t use that! If people are interested, I will look for some cheap victims from a charity shop to experiment on, and get back to Ruth (and you) with the results! xx

    • admin
      November 6, 2011 / 1:45 am

      @Sue very kind!!! xx

  34. Helen Tyrrell
    November 7, 2011 / 1:01 am

    The leather jackets are lovely, but your “sidenotes” made me laugh in this post, especially the distressed leather. So nice to read!! Xx

  35. Sarah @BEskincareful
    November 8, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    I have an old leather Celine handbag which is sooo gorgeous, tan leather and suede lined, but is FILTHY! I have wanted to find a way to clean it for ages because I can’t really use it now it’s so bad but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it either. A ‘how to wash leather’ post would be extremely welcome! Please please please. xx

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