The Leather Jacket: Menswear Icon
No matter what your age or personal style, the leather jacket continues to justify its place in any modern wardrobe. It is one of those items that can be thrown on over the top of any outfit to transform it instantly – toughening up and adding an edge to any look – whether it be casual or formal.
Leather is also one of those unique materials that only seems to get better with age; softening and developing its own character through extended use. In this respect, they should be seen as a true investment piece that you will always get value for money from.
So, just how iconic is the leather jacket within menswear? Well, if you examine male style icons both past and present, the leather jacket has always been deeply ingrained into their signature style. Whether you prefer the rugged, care free approach of James Dean, the raw masculinity exuded by the likes of Marlon Brando, or contemporary icons such as Alex Turner and Ryan Gosling, each of them has been seen sporting a classic leather jacket on multiple occasions.
It is a piece that has stood the test of time and will continue to for many generations to come.
AllSaints Leather Jackets: AW12
With this in mind, today – in association with AllSaints – we are going to showcase a range of leather jackets that you could integrate into your own wardrobe this year. Each style is unique within its own right, whether through choice of colour, cut or fit, meaning that AllSaints have something for everyone this AW12.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 styles:
1. Adjust Leather Biker Jacket
For those of you who want to add an edge to your outfits, look no further than a biker silhouette. Associated with outlaws of society, bikers and the aforementioned Marlon Brando in ‘The Wild One’, no other style will toughen up a look faster.
The Adjust leather biker jacket is the typical signature style that you would expect from a dark, Rock ‘n’ Roll brand like AllSaints. Coming in a slim fit and featuring authentic biker detailing, it is the subtle alterations which ensures this jacket stands out against its competitors.
Incorporating traditional features, such as an asymmetric front fastening and military style epaulettes, the inclusion of the vibrant red lining is an unexpected yet wonderful addition which complements the dark vintage leather perfectly – creating a real focal point when rolling up the sleeves.
A superb choice for those who crave an edgier, fashion forward style, this jacket has been constructed from the finest New Zealand lamb leather, so you can rest assured you are buying into quality.
The Adjust Leather Biker Jacket is priced at £450 and available at AllSaints online and in store.
2. Grasp Leather Jacket
Arguably AllSaints’ most striking piece of outerwear this season, the Grasp leather jacket is a statement choice for those men who already have a carefully curated selection of leathers.
Fully endorsing the key AW12 faux fur trend, it has been constructed using the finest Italian calf skin. The brand have been meticulous in their approach to detailing, with this fully lined jacket featuring distinct shearling front and back panels made from specially sourced merino wool. Finished with a shearling contrast collar and heavily tumbled authentic leather paneling, it is a one of a kind piece that is sure to become a conversation starter.
The Grasp Leather Jacket is priced at £595 and available at AllSaints online and in store.
3. Diverse Leather Pea Coat
The pea coat is a timeless, simple and elegant piece of outerwear that suits any style and almost every occasion; its versatility and easy-to-wear nature ensures the style returns year after year. So it is no wonder AllSaints have decided to incorporate this style into their luxurious leather line.
Another superb contemporary take on a classic piece, the Diverse Leather Pea Coat has been constructed using the finest lamb nappa, and also includes a wool merino shearling collar – again fitting in wonderfully with the faux fur trend, which is set to be huge this AW12.
This garment also benefits from having been oil soaked and tumbled to create a worn-in, cracked finish that will add a vintage touch to any outfit.
Recently featured in the brand’s Autumn 2012 campaign, we’re certain this pea coat alternative is going to be highly sought after.
The Diverse Leather Pea Coat is priced at £395 and available at AllSaints online and in store.
4. Callerton Biker Jacket
For those of you who have already invested in a timeless leather jacket, AllSaints have produced some superb contemporary versions for the AW12 season. Our favourite of which is this beautiful Callerton Biker Jacket. By exploring new colours, fits and finishes, AllSaints have managed to steer away from the traditional colour palette of black and brown, instead opting for a deep oxblood tone.
This striking jacket features similar detailing to the traditional biker silhouette, with its asymmetric front fastening and exposed zip pockets and cuffs, however, what makes this piece such a knock-out is of course the rich statement hue. With burgundy both on trend for AW12 and yet still refined and masculine, it will have you subtly standing out from the crowd for all the right reasons this year.
If the deep burgundy colour palette isn’t enough to convince you that you need this jacket in your wardrobe, then it also benefits from quilted detailing to the shoulder pads as well as having undergone specialist waxing and tumbling methods to give it an authentic worn-in appearance.
The Callerton Leather Biker Jacket is priced at £325 and available at AllSaints online and in store.
5. Tricky Leather Bomber Jacket
The Tricky leather bomber jacket is ideal for those of you looking for an investment piece that is versatile enough to be dressed up and or down. The bomber is a style that will never go out of fashion, making it the perfect choice for those of you who want to take their first step into the world of leather jackets.
Having kept the design minimal, with just two front zip pockets and cuffs becoming the focal point, it’s the jackets finish that really draws your attention. Oil soaked and tumbled to create a soft and waxy appearance, this is the signature style and direction AllSaints are endorsing this season.
In terms of styling, a classic black leather bomber can be paired with everything in your current wardrobe. Wear with textured wool trousers, and a shirt and tie combination for those dress down days at the office, or pair with a simple t-shirt and jeans combination at the weekend for relaxed style that oozes effortless cool.
The Tricky Leather Biker Jacket is priced at £350 and available at AllSaints online and in store.
Alternate Leather Styles
Of course, AllSaints provide a wide range of high quality leather jackets each and every season, and AW12 is no different. If none of the above styles have taken your fancy, why not browse the plethora of other leather styles they have available both online and in store:
Styles featured in the lookbook above (from left to right):
- Ruin Leather Shirt: £275
- Cargo Biker Leather Jacket: £295
- Mens Keaton Jacket: £250
- Shift Leather Bomber Jacket: £250
The leather jacket is a timeless menswear essential that every modern male should have in their wardrobe. It is a piece you can rely on time and time again, safe in the knowledge that it will give any look a sense of rugged, effortless cool.
A material that is built to last and will only look better with age, investment is a must and picking the right silhouette for your specific style is imperative. Luckily for you, AllSaints have got all your needs covered this year, so head over to their online leather jacket department to find your perfect version.