hopefully this is the right thread and please move if that isn't the case. anyways, can anyone recommend an extremely "relaxed" looking leather jacket with a little extra length to it? similar to hommehomme's lanvin:
Oh shit 14,000 posts?
Long time lurker on the forums here, & successfully with some searching, helped me find a number of large-$ items (allen edmonds boots; selvedge denim, etc)...
But now time for a leather jacket and searching, I see I've stumbled on the mother load of threads. To avoid creating a new thread and getting flamed (ex "search noob there are plenty of threads out there"), I'll post my question & request for guidance here. If the mods think my quest is thread worthy, feel free to break it off since I'm going to be thorough in my description.
To kick things off, I've owned one (genuine) leather jacket, Diesel, cafe racer style. I've since moved states & no longer have it.... I never really fell in love with it, the sleeves were obnoxiously long (had it professionally altered), and the leather quality never really impressed me. I bought it (online) on sale at Nordstroms for a few hundred bucks ($400?).
Searched my history and here it is:
Sheepskin leather. Was never crazy about the styling on the lower back. Biggest annoyance: zipper pulls were LONG and always getting in the way. And again, I had to shorten the sleeves and the cuff openings were just bad...
OK history over. I guess that one lasted 5 years, so that's not too terrible. Time for a new one! With research this time. I want to keep it < $1,000... (ideally closer to $500-$700)... want 100% genuine leather...... and I now live in LA... so something that is more or less wearable year round. I actually live near the ocean, so most nights are quite cool.
I'm originally from Wisconsin.. and would brave some freezing winter days with that Diesel thing and a light sweater or even just a long sleeve button down.... but my blood has since thinned out and am no longer the weather-hardass I used to be.
I'll only have a T shirt or button down under this thing... so I want the jacket to be quite slim fitting.
Since I've rambled enough, I won't bore you with a list of options I've went through, I'll just point out my current front runner and two secondary options from the same manufacturer:
Schott 641HH (horsehair)
I'll mostly be rocking it with dark jeans (slim tapered Rogue Territory, Gustin, 3xisteen, etc) or maybe even toss it on when traveling in colder climates for work, such as Seattle, Portland, or even SF. I would imagine a long sleeve button down, chinos, and dress shoes/boots would look quite nice with the minimalist style of the cafe racer.
I don't like the classic Perfecto (613/618). A bit too punk-y for me.. despite it's classic roots (James Dean, Brando, etc).
I also don't want a bomber style jacket... or a style that's long(er). Although I don't ride a motorcycle.. I think the cafe racer style is the nicest I've found thusfar, but certainly open to other suggestions.
Is this going to be way too hot for SoCal? I notice the horsehide version does not have a removable liner like the steer-hide version. Also, Schott makes other versions that are specifically lightweight. Should I loose the horsehide & classic clean styling of the 641 to go with something a little bit more geared for warmer weather? Like the P5525 or the 664?
^ not really a fan of the collar?
Again, open to other brands, but seem like Schott has been around for ages and make a top quality product.
PM sent! Thanks for the rec.
Very nice suggestion, the collar is slightly muted compared to the 641.. and no chest pocket? :(
I will certainly keep this option on my radar, since it seems to have a mid weight leather and a non-insulated stain liner (< big plus).
I checked out that option when browsing their site initially, but really don't like the length of the jacket (in the pics):
It's essentially down to his crotch.
And the lack of the snap-back collar is demonstrated in the above pic with it just kind of flopping there. Maybe the jacket would look better on me? This is a very hard purchase... doesn't help that I'm very picky.... but I think roughly the belt line is going to be the sweet-spot for the length department, especially for a cafe racer style.
I definitely want a slim fit, so again, your head's in the right place!