Who does make the best leather jackets in your opinion? I have a bunch of different ones and have my opinion but would like to know the opinions of other members. Please share the designers you favor and why.(would appreciate the input) Bruno Magli: Very soft leather. Usually Lamskin or high grade cowhide. They're treated to be soft to the touch. Definitely not meant to be a durable everyday jacket. I do not own one but almost bought a tan blazer. Sawyer of Napa: I own a full shearling coat. The warmest/most durable coat I've ever owned. High quality shearing and leather. Retail price for this coat is 2500 dollars. Even the pockets are lined w/lambskin leather. Hermes: I tried one jacket in a boutique in Honolulu. The jacket retailed for 7500 dollars. Honestly..it wasn't as outstanding as the price warranted. The leather was on par w/Andrew Marc but not up to the level of the Zegna leather's I've seen. A friend of mine mentioned there's a hugh difference between french made and italian made leather. Not sure how true that is. Zegna: Truly the best leather jackets I've ever had/seen. I own two. A classic cut brown and a very thin overcoat style bone jacket. Both are super thin (almost paper thin) leather..I had no idea the skins could be prepared this delicately. They almost wear like a shirt. The lambskin is exquisite and beyond anything I've seen. Extremly fragile, and I take very good care of them. Both of them retailed for 2500 per jacket. Compared to the Hermes..a bargain. Andrew Marc: Seems to be the most mass produced quality jacket as of late. It really depends on the type of Andrew Marc jacket. I have seen MARC brand which is the low end and then Andrew Marc New York labels that have some excellent hides. They are made in asia, not Europe, but do hold their own. I own 3 of these jackets that retailed for 1000 a piece and each of them have a suppleness and texture that rival close to the zegnas. That's it for me..would love to hear other's insights and descriptions.
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12/14/06 at 7:47pm