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post #46 of 83
If we're excluding suede then I have two: one RL polo cut like a sports coat and a 3/4 length Hugo Boss that I haven't worn yet. The latter is softer whilst the former still needs breaking in; the nicest leather coat I tried on was in Gucci many years ago. It was amazingly soft and cut very well but I couldn't justify the cost then but my clothing tastes have become a bit more expensive since SF I've never seen it again since.

With regards to suede, I have two Joseph and Lymans in tan and chocolate brown, and expecting a Gucci in slate grey. The slightly drizzly weather precludes wearing them at the moment, though I did bump into someone on the MTR (aka Metro) who wore a tailored/MTO sports coat that was either made of suede or 'microsuede'. It looked okay, fitting but shoulders slightly square - after I remarked to myself that it was a bit rainy to wear suede I noticed the working buttonholes that had been unbuttoned
post #47 of 83
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Originally Posted by chobochobo
If we're excluding suede then I have two: one RL polo cut like a sports coat and a 3/4 length Hugo Boss that I haven't worn yet. The latter is softer whilst the former still needs breaking in; the nicest leather coat I tried on was in Gucci many years ago. It was amazingly soft and cut very well but I couldn't justify the cost then but my clothing tastes have become a bit more expensive since SF I've never seen it again since.

With regards to suede, I have two Joseph and Lymans in tan and chocolate brown, and expecting a Gucci in slate grey. The slightly drizzly weather precludes wearing them at the moment, though I did bump into someone on the MTR (aka Metro) who wore a tailored/MTO sports coat that was either made of suede or 'microsuede'. It looked okay, fitting but shoulders slightly square - after I remarked to myself that it was a bit rainy to wear suede I noticed the working buttonholes that had been unbuttoned

I have two Joseph and Lymans blazers both pure cashmere. IF there leather is anything like their cashmere blazers, I'm all for it.
post #48 of 83
Brioni makes high quality leather jackets. Zegna, Seraphin, RLP, RLPL, Gucci, Prada, etc also do quality leather jackets. Schott Bros leather jackets are a good value for the money.
post #49 of 83
Do you imply that the designers make nicer leather jackets, if you put the price aside for a moment?
post #50 of 83
Gentlemen some of you have seemed to have forgotten Moreschi .Moreschi also does fantastic leather jackets with beutiful detailing.
post #51 of 83
I am sure most of you have watched the movie Shaft. L Jackson's wearing this (IMHO) a really nice lean cut black leather jacket toward the end of the movie just outside the court with a contrast (velvet IIRC) collar . . . . . truly exquisite . . . . Sorry cannot seem to find a picture.
post #52 of 83
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Originally Posted by nighttrain7404
These look like they are in the 5000 range...
Maybe even more
The original poster asked about "who makes the best leather jackets"...
post #53 of 83
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Anyone own an hermes jacket?
I have a few of them, maybe I can answer some questions for you?
post #54 of 83




First post. Greetings gentlemen. + 1 on Vanson. I own 2 custom jackets and a custom suit. The pic is of my suit after 2 slides of about 60 ft. each at Virginia Intl. Raceway and no holes and no torn stitching. Amazing quality and price. Other shots are gratuitous bike shots.
post #55 of 83
I have a goatskin leather jacket from RLPL that is like butter. I have never seen a similar cut jacket anywhere, and its a butter pecan color, and as light as any jacket I have ever seen. It was made in Italy, and if I could get my hands on a few more, I would wear nothing else, not even pants.... Well, maybe pants...
post #56 of 83
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First post. Greetings gentlemen. + 1 on Vanson. I own 2 custom jackets and a custom suit. The pic is of my suit after 2 slides of about 60 ft. each at Virginia Intl. Raceway and no holes and no torn stitching. Amazing quality and price. Other shots are gratuitous bike shots.

Welcome, Mike! That is confidence inspiring. Did the rider fare as well as the suit?
post #57 of 83
Black Bates racing shirt I bought new a long time ago.
Much copied.

A North Beach Leather bomber I've had for not quite as long.
Very nicely made, although sheepskin is a pain in the ass.
You have to be careful with it.
The racing shirt is horsehide, bulletproof.
post #58 of 83
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Welcome, Mike! That is confidence inspiring. Did the rider fare as well as the suit?

Fared very well. Got up and finished the day! Thanks for the welcome.
post #59 of 83
“Best” is a tough call when you consider all the different possibilities of style and use for a leather jacket.

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Originally Posted by Tomasso
There are a few French tanneries that are judged to produce the finest skins on the market, especially sheepskin and exotics. Hermes owns or has interests in a couple of these tanneries. This insures that they have pick of the best skins before they are sold to the rest of the industry. Seraphin, which is controlled by Hermes, makes for Hermes and other top houses.

Echoing Tomasso’s words to some degree, the finest leather I know of seems to be marked Made in France. The nicest leather jackets in my closet have a manufacturer’s label, “Z. Merenlender, New York-Paris, Made in France”. I purchased one kid leather jacket and one calf suede jacket with the Merenlender label from Sulka’s San Francisco store many years ago. Instead of the coarser cowhide or pigskin suede, the calf suede is absolutely the finest, softest, smoothest suede I’ve ever touched. I’ve looked high and low for the maker and never found them. Does anyone know if Z. Merenlender still exists?

The Seraphin I’ve seen in Bergdorf Goodman and the Seraphin/Hermes leathers appear quite well made. I have looked at quite a few of them. The stores never had a style/size combination that suited me. So, I never purchased one.

As a surprise, Mrs. FC bought me a beautiful leather jacket made in France by Zilli when we were in London. She had it shipped to our home in California without me knowing anything about it. It is a pretty dove gray color calf. I had never heard of Zilli. But, the real surprise is that the jacket was not correctly size-labeled and I was swimming in the coat when I tried it on at home. I gave it to a large friend. Too bad for me, because it is beautifully made and styled.

I don't suppose the "Z." in Z. Merenlender stands for Zilli.
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post #60 of 83
Is it just me who hates leather jackets?
What to like about them, they do look good at some o the youngsters that wants the, "just woke up, drank 3 liters tequila last night, hipster-look".
Could someone tell me what the appeal of leather jackets is?
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