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That Vintage Leather Jacket Look

Dig into fashion's past to find your new best friend

September 5, 2018

The leather jacket is a fashion statement, popular since the late 1920s. There are few pieces you can say have as much staying power nearly a century later! Leather jackets are truly a piece to be celebrated. Learn more about them, iconic leather jacket owners and ways you can enhance your closet.  

Old is the New “New”

One of today’s top fashion trends is the vintage leather jacket. While every decade has its own unique styles, the leather jacket has continued to remain in closets since its inception in the late 1920s. The leather jacket was invented by Irving Schott and his brother, Jack. Irving actually created the jacket in 1913 for fighter pilots in World War I. It was introduced into the fashion world 15 years later for consumers as a motorcycle jacket. From there, it rose in popularity thanks to the entertainment scene.

Thanks to its timelessness, the leather jacket continues to reinvent itself. This makes for a fantastic investment for men and women. With the ability to buy vintage leather, it is not hard to find the one that matches your personal style.

Iconic Leather Jacket Fans

James Dean and Marlon Brando are two of the several celebrities that were fans of the leather jacket. The craze began in the early 1950s when Marlon Brando sported a leather jacket in the movie, “The Wild One.”

Teenagers flocked to the craze and several schools banned them, noting they were rebellious. James Dean continued the trend, always sporting a leather jacket, often with a popped collar and cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Other celebrities known to wear leather jackets included:
  • Peter Fonda
  • The Beatles
  • Steve McQueen
  • Joan Jett
  • The Ramones
  • Duran Duran
  • Blondie
  • Michael Jackson

Enhancing Your Leather Jacket

The trend created by the Schott Bros. still remains an imperative part of fashion culture today. When you buy or inherit a vintage leather jacket, you have an item that will last for decades. You can customize leather jackets to feature new trends without losing their classic appeal. When working with a local leather specialist, they will ensure your jacket is a perfect fit—which will make it even more valuable to you.

You can work with your local leather specialist to add pockets, zippers, buttons, and more. If you have owned a piece for a while, or inherited one, make sure you know the signs your Denver leather jacket needs to be tailored.

When it comes to finding your first or next leather jacket, Jonval Leathers and Furs has a vast selection. Allowing you to find a variety of items at different price points, you are sure to find a jacket that can last in your wardrobe for decades. We also offer alterations, repairs and cleaning services. This is perfect for those who have had a leather jacket for many years, inherited one or have purchased a new one that could be a better fit. Contact us today at 720-377-1555 to see what we can do for you and stop by our showroom at 6880 E. Evans Ave. in Denver.