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.

43 comments

  1. Sarah @BEskincareful

    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

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

  3. @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

  4. MIH Jeans Distressed Leather Biker Jacket is beautiful!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?..

  7. 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

    • @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

  8. 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

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

  10. Wow! For serious?

  11. Oh, and love the nontwitter news post! xx

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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