Leather jackets are considered among those articles of clothing that will outlive all other fashions and trends and styles of wear. Leather jackets have been in fashion for many decades now and, although they have evolved with time and changed in appearance, the original charm of leather jackets, coats, and other leather-made items is still there.
There are leather jacket lovers all over the world and many people buy and wear special and luxe jackets in anticipation of Christmas and other happy occasions, while some simply buy leather clothing to make their winters easy and warm. A Brown leather jacket is most common everywhere but there 101 different varieties of jackets made and sold worldwide.
How did the leather jackets originate?
Well, leather is an age-old fabric and has been used for many, many centuries to make different kinds of clothing. In the early days, leather was simply used to make coverings and clothing to protect the people, and children from cold winds and freezing winters.
Most tribal people used the skins of their own domestic animals to make themselves blankets and sheets, as back then there was no concept of leather fashion. Leather came much later into fashion, probably, after centuries when the people started becoming cultured and civilized.
During the times of monarchs in England and other parts of the world, the kings used to wear special and very highly sophisticated leather coats and jackets, many a time their outfits would be studded with gold or silver beads.
The modern leather jacket
Coming into the modern days and then the 20th century when a lot of wars took place around the world, particularly, the first and second world war, leather jackets took a totally different shape and got associated with soldiers, because soldiers and army men would wear hard and solid leather jackets which were less a comfort and more a protection winds and heat.
Finally, in the 21st-century leather jackets have evolved so much that they have become completely stylish wear and the standards for such jackets have gone very high.
Making leather: It’s a long process
Leather comes from various skins and hides of animals, and different people use different parts of skins to make the desired leather. Animals that are used to make leather include sheep, goats, horses, reindeer, camels, buffalo, moose, deer, zebra, cows, and others.
Some leather makers even use skins of animals that are at risk of going extinct and are highly endangered. Such animals include lions, tigers, cheetahs, rhinoceros, leopards, etc.
Such acts are mostly illegal in most modern and developed countries and governments usually take strict action to stop the use of endangered animal skins.
Once the skin has been neatly extracted and sliced the second step is to clean up the skin and remove all the abnormalities from the skin. Skins are then trimmed and equal sizes and send for tanning.
Now within tanning, there are many sub-processes such as applying the chemicals, etc.
After the tanning is done the process of washing and drying takes place. The skin is then dried when it’s sent through a tunnel, and the hides are sprayed with water and soap and then allowed to dry up for some time. Later on, dyes, glazes, and lacquers are put on the hide. After which it’s sent to be turned into clothing stuff.
Some stunning features of leather
Leather jackets have a variety of features for which leather is known, and they are exclusively associated with leather only. Leather is very famous for the shine that it gives out all the time. There is a certain luster or shine to leather that is very natural and smooth, and against the sun’s rays, it looks simply exquisite.
Apart from that the fabric of leather is highly durable and can last for a very long time. Sometimes, leather jackets are able to last for lifetimes depending on the quality and nature of the fabric used. So durability is a huge factor in why many people simply love buying and wearing leather outfits.
Leather jackets are highly resistant to winds and they are the best thing to wear in winters when the winds are strong and people need to keep themselves comfortable and cozy.
Leather jackets not only keep you warm but also they are recommended to wear when there is mild heat as the strong resistance against the sun doesn’t let you sweat and feel uncomfortable.
Just so many different styles
Leather jackets come in all forms and shapes and there are just countless styles that they are made these days. Leather jackets started as war jackets and so they were called bomber jackets.
With time bomber jackets slipped into the world of fashion and from the bomber jackets came the flying jackets and café jackets. Bomber jackets are mostly brown in color and are very close to biker jackets.
Biker jackets are known among biking groups all across the world. Biker jackets are usually made with an aim to protect the biker from dust and winds that they encounter while on the journey.
Also, biker jackets are strong enough to keep the biker safe in case there’s a minor accident or scrape against the body.
Then there is another kind of jacket worn by gothic people. Such jackets are usually very stylish and showy and even have spikes, beads, and silver chains attached to them to present the gothic culture, which has a very dark and mysterious theme, and such people are generally isolated from normal people.
The rock and pop style jackets are quite similar to the gothic punk jackets but they are different in that an element of music is added to them like guitars or special skills, or tattoos to show that they are rock style jackets. But both punk and rock jackets usually have excessive silver work on them.
Leather being immortalized by Hollywood
Leather jackets have been displayed in several Hollywood movies and drama series, and initially, they got popular when the top class legendary actor Marlon Brando wore it in one of the movies in the 1950s.
In the scene, Marlon Brando wore the leather jacket while striding on the bike and after that, it was taken by the storm, and Brando’s fans all over the world, took to markets to get that jackets.
Ever since leather jackets became popular among bikers. Also, many famous actors and actresses have worn leather jackets including Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Dam, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Jackie Chen, Mike Tyson, Dwayne the Rock Johnson, Kevin Costner, etc.
Also, a lot of top tier world-famous actresses have worn highly sophisticated and expensive leather jackets in many of the movies.
The actresses include Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, etc.
To Sum it all up!
To say it all, leather jackets are one of the finest outfits that are worn by both men and women in all parts of the world.
Leather jackets have such a pull and attraction to them that they are not going to go out of fashion any time soon, in fact, most people believe that leather jackets will stay in the garment and fashion industry forever.