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Popped into Roots today and there are some pretty good options for leathers for plebeians like myself. Might be a Canada only thing? All made in Canada, riri zips, decent fits, etc. 

 

Thought this bomber was pretty nice:

 

 

Leather felt good to me, but I don't know shit about it. Sale's associate said it was deer, another said it was calf, I would have assumed it was lamb. Really soft and quite lightweight. Not as shiny/plasticy as above.

 

Another moto that I don't see on their site, but snapped a quick mirror pic: 

 

 

Leather seemed a bit more substantial on this one and I think it was a bit more expensive. Both around $6-700 CAD, which is about... 27 bucks USD these days? 

 

Also, they had these dope Vans and Stans ripoffs. Leather way way better than the OG versions. Stans ones are a bit too blatant for me, but the slip-ons were great. Roots steppin' their game up! 

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It's Sephiroth!
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Originally Posted by il_colonnello View Post

@estranged, I agree with others who have recommended waiting. However, I know from my own experience that it can be extremely difficult, bordering on impossible, to develop one's own taste/understanding/expectations without actual consumption, and without intermediate steps - even though in a year or two you may well end up wanting a Rick Owens jacket for $2000, I doubt that a thousand posts on here will convince you to buy one now.
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My first-ever leather jacket was a Tommy Hilfiger double-rider (500 euros full retail, bought on Zalando for 150). I don't have it any more and I doubt I would still wear it if I did, but it was a necessary first step before I could move on to other brands/price segments.

Heartily agree with this post. Buying stuff is a fundamental part of finding your style, even when it doesn't work out. I've owned a lot of leather jackets. Too many really. But all have helped me figure out my style more than seeing some great fit pics or reading about various brands.

Obviously buying stuff you don't keep has a cost, but instead of looking at it purely as a loss I look at it as money invested in figuring out what style I'm really after. Losing money sucks, but if you can rule in or out a particular style / brand / cut, next time you'll be making a purchase that's might save you a whole lot more.

Looking back at all those jackets I thought it might be interesting to highlight some of them and what I learned from the process:


Diesel. Yep, we all have to start somewhere. Coming from mall-brand land, I thought distressed washes were cool. Now it hurts my eyes.




Elie Tahari. Slightly above mall brands but pretty close. Soft but very thin leather, wore this for a while but started to feel too plain and conservative.




Giorgio Brato. Shearling with leather on the sleeves. Experimenting with a funkier style that didn't quite gel with me. Also a bit too large, learned that no matter how great the bargain, it's never worth buying something not exactly your size.




Simon Spurr. Super soft reverse lambskin. Still sticking with the simpler styles but trying for higher quality. Liked the cut but didn't inspire.




Valentino. Beautiful thick burnished lambskin. One of the first really high quality leathers I owned. It really fit with my style for quite a while. While living in NYC I wore it a lot. Although my style has changed I still have this jacket.




TOJ. Whiskey calf. Everyone has to try a TOJ at some point I guess smile.gif. Nice leather, but I found my style was moving away from the traditional cuts / finishes. Also didn't follow my own rule on sizing (this one was too small for me).




10 Sei 0 Otto. Thick oiled black calf, lined in wool. Trying some edgier styles. Dug the raw hems and matte finish, just not quite enough going on.




Collateral Concepts. Thick Guidi calfskin. Continuing to experiment with some edgier and bolder styles. Great quality leather. Just couldn't quite make the high collar look part of my everyday, so I didn't wear it enough.




KK Attachment. Buttery smooth Guidi calfskin. Liked the cut and the raw hems a lot. Very simple but with a bit of an edge. Because of that simplicity I found I could wear it a lot, and it went to the top of my list. Until it got stained. After a dry-cleaning debacle / rejuvenation I sold it and bought one in black. Paid full retail in Japan for that one because I knew I could wear it almost anytime. Still have this jacket (black), one of my mainstays.





Theory. Matte grey calfskin. My first double rider. I like the minimalism and the less severe look of a DR in grey instead of the traditional black. Still have this jacket.




KK Attachment. Reverse calfskin. KKA is one of my favorite brands by this point. Again I like the minimalism. I've figured out I want a bit of an edge and some bolder styles but something I can still wear in casual company. Sorry I don't have my own fit pic, this one is from The Archive.




Viridi-Anne. Vegetable-tanned horse leather. Big fan of this jacket, but unfortunately it's a bit too small for me. Lesson here was that measurements don't always tell the full story. If it fit I'd be wearing it a lot.. love the style.. simple and clean but with a really cool silhouette and amazing leather.
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Rick Owens Stooges. Thick grey calfskin. Latest purchase. Boldest jacket I have IMO, but with the matte finish and grey color it's still a bit understated, which I like.
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Is the Attachment that got ruined this one? I've always loved it:

 

 

Surprised to see that it's calf, I guess it's not a very thick one?

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I bought an $100 (AUD) jacket from Tarocash, on sale and that kicked my journey. Still sits in my closet, might donate it since it's not getting worn.

Really wanted a BCDR from TOJ but got a grey Baseball jacket because it was much cheaper and rotating out, bought for $450, sold for $430. Was too precious feeling and the buttons felt like they were falling off. In hindsight it was a really cool jacket and I regret selling it.



Then I found a brick red horsehide 5-zip on Yoox for $600, wore it for a year but changed my mind on selling it or not more than a few times, eventually sold this. Again, massive sellers regret, even more this time.


Now I have the new M8 black cowhide 5-zip, bought it new on eBay for $600ish. Determined never to sell this one.


TL;DR buy a 5-zip, never sell anything.
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Tellure, thanks for sharing your journey!! Actually, really like that Valentino jacket on you..


Y'all ready for some sad history?? I can't even believe I even owned all these...
I recently decided that the most leather jackets I need is 3 and actually I've only been wearing two (Rick stooges and Layer-0) recently.

Jacket #1 Rick Intarsia -> Sold, wanted something cooler. Felt too much like a leather track jacket. Was a college student and couldn't afford to keep it and buy another jacket.

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Jacket #2 Rick Stooges -> Success story of this post. Love it and still wear it, shortened the sleeves. Amazing jacket, soft washed lamb that is easy to wear.

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Jacket #3 Julius Red riders -> Got a good deal on it. Wore it for a bit but slightly too small on me.

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Jacket #4 Dior 4-pocket -> Loved it and wore it for quite awhile. Only sold recently when I made myself pare down to 3.

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Jacket #5 Rick mid-intarsia -> One of the best Intarsia, thick textured lambs. Sold it during a move.

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Jacket #6 KK Attachment German calf riders -> Loved it, just had to choose between this and the Stooges and I kept the Stooges.

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Jacket #7 WJK horse -> Great jacket, but soooo heavy. I would just never wear it because it felt like lugging around too much.

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Jacket #8 WJK carpe diem baby calf -> Screwed up the sizing, jacket is boring anyways, cut is too tight.

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Jacket #9 Incarnation -> Great jacket and great color, too small for me.

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Jacket #10 Visvim -> Belt made a clanking sound when I walked.

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Jacket #11 5-zip -> Great jacket. I keep it so I can match with my wife and we can have cute dates smile.gif

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Jacket #12 Rick Geo -> Neck looks stupid

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Jacket #13 Rick Sternberg -> Missed my Intarsia, got this cheap, realized I didn't need it at all.

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Jacket #14 Incarnation -> Sold after getting Layer-0, still wish I kept it for a little longer and wore it more.

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Jacket #15 Layer-0 -> My favorite jacket and the one that inspired me to sell a lot of other jackets. Wear it most days now, actually, it's breaking in so nicely.

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Jacket #16 CCP Scarstitch -> Not as nice as the Layer-0, didn't need both.

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WHEW!! I don't know what's next. I can't imagine anything replacing the Layer-0 anytime soon.
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I especially like the camera shot. That jacket looks like butta'
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Nice! I like reading these. Gives a good picture of somebody's direction of style and preference with leather jackets. I'll see if I can do the same as I have to find if I have decent photos with all the jackets I went through.
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@nicelynice Your Stooges is my favorite jacket I've seen on Styleforum.

 

I think that I could be a good cautionary tale. I've bought 16 jackets so far. I have sold or am selling 15 jackets so far. Every single one was a Grailed/sale purchase. I've actually probably broken even or close to it on the whole set, and it's helped me figure out what I like and don't like, but I feel like by this point I'm living proof of what all you vets always say: Just figure out what you actually want and spend the money you need to get it.

 

In approximate order, I've had:

  • BLK DNM Suede Jacket 5 (Was honestly pretty solid, but I didn't know what I was doing)
  • Deadwood Bomber (The patchwork look was kinda cool in theory, and I thought since it was reconstructed from vintage the leather might be decent, but in practice it looked and felt just as cheap as it actually was)
  • Geller Sheepskin Rider (Quickly realized I've got no interest in a padded jacket)
  • ToJ0 (I'm really not into the varsity/athletic aesthetic)
  • Mr. Completely Rider (which actually fit perfectly, but I thought I could easily find something more versatile that fit just as well at the time)
  • Rick Owens Brushed Calf Worker (My grail, my dream, everything I want in a jacket...but it was too tight in the shoulders. Traded for the Stooges.)
  • Rick Owens Brown Blistered Lamb Stooges (Thin, barely feels like leather, but fits me well and is easy to wear. This is the only one of the whole list I've kept)
  • Public School Washed Lambskin Bomber (On people this jacket fits, like the model in the link, the pattern is actually really cool. On me, it was a big ol box. Might have worked if I'd sized down further)
  • BLK DNM Lambskin Trucker (The leather was thin and squeaky and just kinda eh. It actually turned me off from lamb in general)
  • Burberry Brit Kentish Jacket (Actually really dope with a fantastic slim cut, but I bought it thinking it was calf and it turned out to be lamb and I didn't think it would wear in like I wanted it to)
  • Collateral Concepts Crushed Lambskin Jacket (Interesting, but far too aggressive for me, and way too slim in the sleeves)
  • Rick Owens Intarsia Mid, Dust (Bought it used, was described by the seller as lightly used, turned out it was hella used. I definitely want another Intarsia Mid at some point though.)
  • Acne Gasoline Jacket (Cheap, ill-advised impulse purchase)
  • Falcon DR2 (I need to go MTM...it's way big in the body)
  • KKA Moto (Too slim in the sleeves and upper chest)
  • Helmut Lang Goatskin Trucker (Surprisingly nice, but it's got a way too boxy cut)
  • En Noir Rider (Just big and drapey and boxy...very 2011, but not for me. Also a cheap, ill-advised impulse purchase.)

 

I am not a smart man.

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Originally Posted by nicelynice View Post

Jacket #15 Layer-0 -> My favorite jacket and the one that inspired me to sell a lot of other jackets. Wear it most days now, actually, it's breaking in so nicely.

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Jacket #16 CCP Scarstitch -> Not as nice as the Layer-0, didn't need both.

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WHEW!! I don't know what's next. I can't imagine anything replacing the Layer-0 anytime soon.

This shows just the difference in body types.  I treid on both jackets, and for me, at least, the Scarstitch fit me really in a size 50.  On the other hand, the Layer-0, in a size 52, iirc, was a nice jacket, but was very tight trough the back, chest, and shoulders.  On the other hand, I really like the Layer-0 on you.  tbh, I like the scarstitch on you as well, but hey, you got a great price, right?

post #15701 of 16653
Orange Brimaco Leather Jacket with Tags! Jacket looks like it has been sitting in storage for over 30 years (has the corduroy pocket lining and Lightning zippers). Made in Montreal Canada. Sadly at size 36 it is just a bit too small for me.




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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

This shows just the difference in body types.  I treid on both jackets, and for me, at least, the Scarstitch fit me really in a size 50.  On the other hand, the Layer-0, in a size 52, iirc, was a nice jacket, but was very tight trough the back, chest, and shoulders.  On the other hand, I really like the Layer-0 on you.  tbh, I like the scarstitch on you as well, but hey, you got a great price, right?

The layer0 for me is slightly tight across the shoulders and armholes but is fine across the chest.

The scarstitch seemed fine on NN on that angle but the front profile clearly showed it was deep in his pits. I'm sure that was very uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by nyarkies View Post

The layer0 for me is slightly tight across the shoulders and armholes but is fine across the chest.

The scarstitch seemed fine on NN on that angle but the front profile clearly showed it was deep in his pits. I'm sure that was very uncomfortable.

Yeah, the Layer-0 fits me perfectly. The calf version was too tight in the shoulders and armholes, but the horse version I have is more forgiving and I can slip a light knit on underneath. It also looks equally good zipped or unzipped - not always the case with leather jackets. My 5-zip sits awkwardly on my hips when I zip it.

The Scarstitch dug into my pits. I could wear it with no problem, but I'm also not at the point in my life where I wanna wear tight ANYTHING these days. Comfy zone.
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Great history NN! I love how you started with RO smile.gif.. no messing around. Cool to see you dialing in your style. I agree with LA Guy that scarstitch looked awesome BTW. I need to check out some closeups of that Layer 0 you love, it must be pretty awesome.
post #15705 of 16653
would have kept the 4 pocket as well. owning 4 leather jackets isn't too excessive right?
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