Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Leather Jacket as an Actor

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Style a Leather Jacket with your Favorite T-shirt, & Call it a Day.

Leather jackets first appeared during the First World War as an outerwear layer for uniforms used by German fighter pilots, known as; the Bomber Jacket.

Popularity grew outside the military sector during the 1920s when the first leather jacket for Harley Davidson was designed by Irving Shott. Hollywood cinema gave leather jackets a spotlight in the 1940s and 1950's.

For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause contributed to the launch of the leather jacket as an idolized symbol worn by charming leading men such as Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, and James Dean. This is how many boys began to conceive the leather jacket as an enhancement of charm, unconventional edge, and of course, rebellion.

Marlon Brando | The Wild One, 1953 | Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper | For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1943 ©

I personally don't know any adult man who has not had at least one leather jacket in his wardrobe. It's a menswear piece that's undoubtably considered a classic, staple garment ---- A must!

The leather jacket is also a garment that is always stylish and fashionable, and never goes out of fashion. It’s as necessary and basic as a t-shirt or a pair of jeans. If you’re an actor, such as I am, a leather jacket is a leading man look guaranteed to give you the rebellious edge your character needs — when appropriate.

Designers evidently love to reinvent and give a leather jacket different shapes, styles and colors — like the Deerskin pictured above from Louis Vuitton. The leather jacket is an item that has gone through the decades and has been both the protagonist and antagonist in many different fields, and I am certain, that it will accompany us for decades to come! Also, mate, it’s just a bad-ass look!


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