Leather jackets are pricey pieces of clothing.
They don’t go with everything the way that a plain dark overcoat does.
It’s hard to find one that can go with both a dressy business look and a unique casual one. So why the heck does anyone buy them?
Yeah, we’ll go ahead and put this one at the top of the list.
Attitude. Style, funkiness, class, uniqueness, that bad boy vibe – call it what you want to, but leather has an attitude that cloth doesn’t.
The nice thing about leather is that its tough-guy appeal is timeless, not trendy. We associate leather jacket with ruggedness because rugged people have depended on leather since the early days of humanity. It’s not a constructed image the way that ripped jeans or metal studs are.
So a leather jacket gives its wearer a sense of toughness, competence, and edginess, even when it’s a very smooth and refined style of jacket. Attitude that doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard is tough to come by, and that’s one of the best reasons to wear leather now and again.
On a much more practical note, leather is tough. Leather hide protects an animal for its whole life. Personal armor has used leather for protection for almost all of human history, up until the advent of bullet-resistant synthetics in the 20th century.
You’re hopefully never going to need your jacket to turn a knife or protect you from a bear’s teeth, but the toughness that protects from those holds up just fine against lesser, day-to-day wear and tear as well. A good leather jacket made from quality hide and treated well should last through all kinds of nicks and scrapes.
The same toughness provides a good level of weather protection as well. Leather is an excellent windbreak and is naturally water-resistant; most jackets these days add waterproofing compounds during the treatment of the hide as well. A leather jacket will still be warm and dry long after wind, rain, or snow have worked their way through the same jacket in wool or denim.
Not quite the same thing as protection, the durability of leather is its natural longevity. Good hide gets more supple as it ages, but doesn’t crack or split. If you’re careful about treating it when it needs it, leather can last a lifetime.
It’s worth remembering that we still have leather clothes and armor worn by Roman soldiers in museums all across the world. If you’re willing to spend a bit up front for a quality product, you can get a leather jacket that will outlive not just you but also your children.
This is a good consideration for anyone and a huge consideration for practical men whose jackets see a lot of real, outdoors use. Even tough denim or canvas frays and comes apart thread by thread eventually.Belt leather supplies lacks the weakness of a weave – its fibers are matted into a natural solid, so there’s nothing to unravel. As long as you can avoid a puncture that goes clean through you’re not going to see your jacket coming apart on you.