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    I'm in the market for a new leather jacket. What stores do people recommend?

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    http://www.belstaff.com/

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    • #3
      Margiela*, Real McCoys, LVC, Schott, Thedi, Aero, Vanson, Valstar, Todd Snyder, Golden Bear, Ralph Lauren Purple Label,
      *about the only streetwear-esque brand I know well enough to recommend - Rick Owens and others also make great jackets but I don't know enough and most people here don't get the style so no point in going on

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      • #4
        If you want to rock the dadcore bomber, LL Bean's Flying Tiger's a pretty nice coat for the money.

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        • #5
          Can't go wrong with Schott. Lucky Brand has sales on their Schott jackets every once in a while, you can probably pick one up for roughly $400. If you're looking to spend more than $500 then you have a lot of options.
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          • #6
            Ebay...to buy one of the jackets mentioned above. I got a vintage Schott flight jacket for something like $100 (maybe $150?), and it's great. If well looked-after, I think old leather jackets look better than new ones.

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            • #7
              What style do you want?

              Rocker motorcycle? Schott perfecto.

              WWII Army Air Corps? Get a made-to-mil-spec A-2 (lots of companies make them...)

              Belted old-school motorcycle jacket? Belstaff.

              Banded collar moto style? Lots of companies make them. Golden Bear is a good brand.
              Mark

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MTH View Post
                Ebay...to buy one of the jackets mentioned above. I got a vintage Schott flight jacket for something like $100 (maybe $150?), and it's great. If well looked-after, I think old leather jackets look better than new ones.
                +1 to this. I keep wanting to pick up a used motorcycle/Schott jacket but can never seem to quite to do. My concern with getting the jacket off Ebay is the sizing. If you know your size in a leather jacket, then go for it. But the few times I've gone in to stores and looked at new leather jackets, the sizing has been all over the map for me. If I could nail that down, then that would put my one step closer to getting the jacket.

                Then of course my concern would be that I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket and not riding a motorbike.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                  Then of course my concern would be that I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket and not riding a motorbike.
                  Any more, I think that the Schott Perfecto is more associated with rockers (and punks like The Ramones) than actual motorcycling. Seems like Harley riders are tending towards Harley Davidson branded stuff. If you were wearing one of those, or say, a Dainese or Joe Rocket jacket, without riding a motorcycle, now that would be silly...
                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                    Then of course my concern would be that I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket and not riding a motorbike.
                    Any more, I think that the Schott Perfecto is more associated with rockers (and punks like The Ramones) than actual motorcycling. Seems like Harley riders are tending towards Harley Davidson branded stuff. If you were wearing one of those, or say, a Dainese or Joe Rocket jacket, without riding a motorcycle, now that would be silly. The Triumph branded jacket I used to wear when riding, you guessed it, my Triumph, had a lot of features like zippered mesh-backed vents and hard armour inserts and such that made it a pretty bad jacket off the bike. In that way, a Perfecto or an A-2 makes a much better around-town item...
                    Mark

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                    • #11
                      [MENTION=16314]motosacto[/MENTION] yeah, the Perfecto is the jacket that I have in mind. As someone who grew up listening to punk music, the jacket just suits my style and aesthetic. But then I worry that I'm a) I'm not in my 20ies anymore and b) I wear a suit and tie to my job M-T. So am I really all that punk these days? Perhaps my Perfecto days have passed me by? Every time I see the jacket at a used store I keep trying it on secretly hoping it will fit and I'll have no choice but to buy it. So far no luck. And while I have surfed them on eBay, as I mentioned above sizing is my major concern. So for now, no Perfecto.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                        Then of course my concern would be that I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket and not riding a motorbike.

                        As a motorcyclist, it worries be to see the line between actual riding gear and fashion accessories blur so much that it gets confusing like this. If i look on ebay for a motorcycling jacket, i find hundreds of fashion jackets that are not riding jackets at all. This is always something i've been bothered by about the moto-jacket trend, because frankly all the moto style fashion jackets aren't even real padded motorcycle jackets. They're just ones that look like they are. Most of the jackets harleydads wear around to go from bar to bar on a saturday night aren't even real riding jackets. Any authentic contemporary motorcycle jacket will have very very heavy padding in the shoulders; usually armor in the shoulders, arms and back. They're made of very thick leather and very warm. They will often have incredibly heavy zippers. Usually they also have little zippers on the torso and arms for airflow control designed for 60 mph or so of wind gusts. If you want to avoid getting a real riding jacket by accident, you don't need to do too much homework to identify what is what. If you have the opportunity to look at the features of a jacket closely, you would find that they're very different.

                        Many resale outlets don't even know, but with a little research you will know a real motorcycle jacket when you see it.

                        The more serious and correct vintage or vintage inspired (schott copies?) riding jackets probably don't even have the padding or thick leather you'd want to avoid, since they would be based on a time when there wasn't shoulder padding however.

                        Best of luck.

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