A classic leather jacket has no season or year to wear it. It is not defined by any trend, simply because it will always be in fashion. Here are some interesting facts about the history of one of our favorite clothes.
When we think of a leather jacket, we immediately think of the Olsen twins, Kate Moss and almost everyone else in the brigade of stars who set fashion trends. The leather jacket is practical and suitable for all weather conditions. It can be called the unofficial uniform of modern society.
Did you know that the history of this iconic piece of fabric actually dates back to the early 1900s, during the First World War?
German fighter pilots were among the first to start wearing the leather jacket over their uniforms. Comfort met fashion in 1928 when Manhattan raincoat maker Irving Schott designed the first motorcycle jacket for Harley Davidson. The jacket was called the Perfecto, named after the cigar, and sold for a modest $5.50 (compared to the celebrity-coveted Balenciaga version, for example, which costs $3,000 today). Then the jacket design adapted a zipper instead of buttons, like the aviator jackets worn during the war.
And so we go through the 30s and 40s, where the hero in our story becomes the basic clothing of boys in the US military, which in itself makes it a street trend.
Shortly after that came the time of the unforgettable 1950s, 1960s and 1970s for the leather jacket, when it began to establish itself among the style of the biggest celebrities, such as Marlon Brando, James Dean, The Beatles, Duran Duran. The obsession with this outfit is real!
During the 90s, which were notable for fashion, the leather jacket was finally present in the wardrobe of bold and modern women. This fashion is imposed by super models such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, and today, 30 years later, there is no showbiz lady who does not own a classic leather jacket, or one in colorful varieties.