The motorcycle jacket is a type of leather jacket that never seems to go out of style. A New York City based clothing manufacturing company, Schott NYC, that was founded by two brothers was the first to develop the leather motorcycle jacket in 1928. The longevity of the motorcycle style is attributed to a great functional design and the ability to adapt it to modern trends without losing the original concept.
For 2013, menswear designers have put their own stamp on the leather motorcycle jacket. Kenneth Cole takes the classic design with a short rise, asymmetrically zippered front flap, and uses a deep emerald green distressed leather and gold zippered hardware to incorporate the trend of color.
Guess also takes the traditional motorcycle style jacket with the fitted bodice, zippered flap front, snap collar, and studded slash pockets, but uses mixed media fabric in their design with the black denim body and the black leather sleeves. Both denim and mixed media are hot fashion trends for Fall 2013.
Designer Phillip Lim alters his version of the motorcycle jacket by elongating the body and giving it a curved, shirt tail-like bottom. Even though the fit is similar to the original jacket in the shoulders and the sleeves, the looser body may not be a favorite of the motorcycle jacket “traditionalists”. Also, expect to see this piece under the glass of a display table, not a regular old coat rack…
And for the lover of classic motorcycle jackets, Todd Snyder channels James Dean with the notched collar, studded black leather, but throws in some quilted shoulders for a little more pizzazz. The vintage “tough guy” look is always in fashion.