Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by RatherAnOddball, Jul 17, 2008.
Logically, yes. People should wear what they like. But instinctively I still feel that biker chic is OK for girls, who with any luck are wearing it to signal that they want to go for a ride. And it's OK for the gay/fetish scene...whatever turns you on. But for straight guys who buy expensive bike jackets, it's proof they've given up their individuality to subscribe to something alien to them because a magazine says it's cool. It's boring. It's not taste, it's copycat consumerism.
When I started biking the UK motorcycle scene was dead. 16 year olds had mopeds but as soon as they were 17 they graduated to a car. Bikes were for people with no money. There was no James Dean/Marlon Brando angle. If you wore a leather jacket you were assumed to be a lowlife. Now we're all swimming around in this lifestyle bullshit. I preferred it when someone in a bike jacket was a lone eccentric, not a fashion victim! The first time I encountered biker chic was in Paris in the late '80s. A local took me out clubbing. I didn't have any decent clothes with me, so I had to wear my bike jacket. In the early hours we were at the back of a huge, baying mob trying to get into the coolest club in the city. There was a fierce matron on the door. The club was full, it was one in, one out. Occasionally the matron would point at someone and a bouncer would dive into the crowd and grab whoever was chosen. It seemed a hopeless situation. But because of my jacket I was selected, and my group was escorted into a room full of models. I think it's the only time in my life that the arbiters of fashion have given me their seal of approval. I'm still baffled by the whole episode.
You were co-opted kiddo.
Why did I bite the fish hook?
Does anyone know if calfskin jacket sleeves will shorten slightly with wear? What my thinking is, with repeated elbow creasing, the stiff calfskin should 'hold' the creases over time, shortening the effective sleeve length as it breaks in. Can anyone confirm or deny?
Yeah it does, maybe a half inch or so?
The point of fashion is to provide you a glimpse of a certain lifestyle, without actually involving any blood and sweat for it. It could look hypocrite and wannabe when most people who are wearing/owing a motorcycle type or regular leather jackets are not real-life bikers but you could say the same about many things. For example, caviar used to be the food for poor peasants and fishermen, now it's the luxury of the riches and the rich wannabes.
or, i don't know, maybe you just like wearing a leather jacket?
people are reading into this way too much
Check up ebay and reselling sites to see the actual quality. I've talked to the owner long ago while he's still selling mainly on eBay. They copied designers and remake their own version by adding more zippers or details, etc. Unlike puerhomme.com/ or the lesser version studhomme, they're the Zara of designer jackets and jeans. The last time I spoke, their leather come from Pakistan. They might move the production to Turkey but I doubt it at the current price point, unless it's 150-200 more.
Here is the thing I've learnt while sourcing for good local tanneries: seasonal makers or those who make small batch leather items are suffering a lot of marked up because of middlemen and we cannot even find the same quality from the same tannery. That's why you don't see many options with brands such as Aero, Vanson or Thedi. They basically sacrifice variety for consistency and that's why they're so good and sell well even though they have limited designs. The margin in making good leather jackets is also extremely low compared to other apparel items or even leather goods.
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