Leather jackets have gained a cult status. They are usually gray, black or brown. Today, the leather jacket is not only an outerwear that provides comfort during winters, it is associated with different subcultures and even entire lifestyles. One of its best uses is the intimidating look it gives its wearer.
A leather jacket can be styled in many different ways and associated with different lifestyles, professions, and people. Leather jackets are a common attribute among bikers, members of the army, navy, air force, policemen, and outlaws.
Jackets come in many shapes and styles such as classic, motorcycle, bomber, leather jacket, scooter and racing jackets. Reversible waterproof leather jackets are also available. Waterproof jackets can be used as raincoats
Leather jackets are available in many materials, including suede, chamois, calfskin, goatskin, lizard skin, pigskin, ostrich, suede, and cowhide.
Leather jackets are usually buttoned or zipped. The number of available buttons may vary. Also, leather jackets are available in hip and waist length sizes. Leather jackets are also available in coats. Collarless leather jackets are also available. Leather jackets are available in many colors, although the most popular remain shades of brown and black.
Leather jackets first gained popularity in the 1950s, when they were worn by two of the most glamorous virility depictions of Marlon Brando as Johnny Struggler in The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause. The leather jacket was later donned by other actors, and it became a famous pop icon.
The leather jacket once again gained cult status when worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. Arnold’s character supposedly stole the jacket from Hell’s Angel.
Leather jackets have been used by many other celebrities and in the entertainment world to show off their level of masculinity. Brad Pitt wore it to fall for his role in Snatch, Johnny Depp wore one as Donnie Brasco and Vin Diesel wore one for XXX.
There are two types of leather jackets, fashion and utility. Utility leather jackets provide protection to the wearer, while stylish leather jackets do not provide as much security as a leather jacket.
Leather jackets come in a number of designs and undergo different processes to add a distinct flair of tough leather. Sometimes the leather is oiled, waxed, or embossed to imitate crocodile, alligator, or snake skin. Some leather jackets are trimmed or fringed. Leather jackets are also available in single, double-breasted and plain styles.
Leather has always been associated with extremism. While many use it as a way to show their stance, it has sometimes been used to show power and a way of life. Other leather apparel and accessories are available, including pants, chaps, shoes, boots, wristwatches, chokers, collars, chains, cuffs, hats and helmets. Some of the major brands that make leather jackets include Schott, Andrew Marc, and Jhane Barnes.