What to Expect when Buying a Winter Mens Jacket
SINCE THEIR DEBUT as a men’s fashion piece more than 70 years ago, leather jackets have remained a staple in every guy’s wardrobe.
As with many pieces of clothing, the genesis of leather jackets is in military gear. First engineered for aviators in the first and second world wars, leather jackets weren’t a fashion statement until Hollywood stars donned them in the Fifties. The jacket’s most notable early appearance was on the back of Johnny Strabler, the nihilistic motorcycle gang leader played by Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953).
Leather jackets quickly became the subversive uniform of the counterculture. America’s youth started sporting them religiously (see, Grease) while rock pioneers like Elvis and Gene Vincent wore the jackets on stage as easily as they wore blazers and printed shirts. This relationship continued through the 20th century with rockers such as Johnny Ramone, Bowie, and basically every punk star wearing a leather jacket.