Originally Posted by Morgan
Black leather is an aggressive, typically masculine material. This is exactly why Schott Perfectos are so badass, and why the Gestapo looked so terrifying. At the same time, this creates a higher degree of difficulty for the wearer. It makes a statement, and that statement is not "I'll meet you for gin and tonics at the club." Sure, you can use washed lamb or some other softened/wrinkled leather or whatever but then you're just highlighting the contrast between the altered material and traditional "black leather," with all that implies.
Honestly you're pretty incorrect in every detail man. Schott Perfectos aren't always badass (really the puffier silhouette compared to a modern leather makes them seem kind of fogeyish to me), and the Gestapo looked so terrifying because they were going to fucking kill you, not because of their color.
I feel like at this point black leather jackets have been completely reappropriated as regular-person-wear; I don't get much of a sense of menace from something like the ToJ DR. In fact, the night-wear connotations of black leather mean that it probably is better for saying "I'll meet you for gin & tonics at the club" than a brown leather; the club in question would be short on poor submissive servants but long on waitresses wearing thongs under their skirts.
And also saying that thick black calf is the only "true" or "traditional" black leather is just incomprehensible to me.