Leather Jackets - are you in a
How cool are you? If you are researching leather
jackets, you are probably pretty darn cool.
A leather jacket is a jacket-length coat that is usually
worn on top of other apparel or item of clothing, and made from the tanned hide
of various animals. By the way, in case you are curious about the difference
between a jacket and a coat. A jacket is generally lighter,
tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat. However, we are not sure
exactly at what point you can differentiate between the two. As far as we know
there is not an exact weight, fit, or insulation factor that is measured exactly
to distinguish between coats & jackets. Anyway, let’s get back to
discussing leather jackets (or coats). The leather material is typically
used for a jacket is often dyed black, or various shades of brown.
However, now a days a wider variety of colors are often used. Back in the
1950’s the number of colors was more limited (based on style preference not
Leather is a durable and flexible material created
by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide but also other animals.
It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to
heavy industry. People use leather to make various goods obviously
including clothing such as shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers, and belts.
Leather comes in many natural colors and also can be dyed various other colors.
Leather can be processed differently to create different leather grains which
can alter the appearance, stiffness, durability, etc. Learn more about
kinds of leather grains.
Leather jackets can be designed for many purposes, and
specific styles have been associated with subcultures such as punk fashion
enthusiasts, greasers, motorcyclists, military aviators, police, trendy
fashionistas, and musicians. Some people wear the garment for protective
purposes. For example motorcycle riders wear leather because it is
stronger than many fabrics typically used to make pants, shirts, or jackets.
Obviously leather does not offer full protection, but it is better than many
cloth fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk, in regard to protecting against
There is a substantial difference between leather jackets
made for fashion purposes and those worn for protection, such as motorcycle
personal protective equipment. Leather jackets designed for protective use are
safety equipment and are heavier, thicker, and sometimes even equipped with
armor, thus they are a practical item of clothing. A leather jacket primarily
designed for fashion purposes would not be much protection in a motorcycle
accident because of the jacket's somewhat flimsy construction. True motorcycle
jackets often have more substantial zips, weatherproof pocket closures, higher
collars, and are styled to be longer at the back than the front. The extra
length may help the garment from riding up too far to expose the riders but
crack but it is also said to protect the kidneys of the riders from the cold
while the rider is bent forward over their motorcycle.
In addition to being worn for protection, leather outwear
can be fashionable as well. Many fashion designers have designed beautiful
outerwear creations utilizing leather.
Do leather jackets inspire acts of aggression?
In the early 1900s,
brown leather flight jackets
were worn by aviators and members of the military. During the Second World War,
they became known as "bomber jackets" and were heavily insulated and
prized for their warmth. The jacket was often part of an overall uniform
ensemble meant to protect bomber pilots from exposure to the extreme climate
conditions found at high altitude, and sometimes incorporated sheepskin, using
the intact fleece on the inside for warmth. We could be wrong, but we have
heard that maps were sometimes sewn into the lining of the bomber jackets so the
pilot would have a map if they were shot down behind enemy lines.
Leather jackets were also commonly worn by Russian
Bolsheviks and were nearly a uniform for the Commissars during the Russian Civil
War, and later for the members of the Cheka.
It is possible that some bikers wear leather jackets
because it may create a tuff appearance. Occasionally leather motorcycle
jackets can potentially help create an intimidating appearance (watch out for
those scary biker gangs such as the Sons of Anarchy).
Please note that leather jackets does NOT inspire
Raw material & Manufacturing:
Antelope, buckskin, lambskin, sheepskin and cowhide are the
hides most commonly used to make leather jackets. As soon as the skin is removed
from the animal at the meat processing plant, it is refrigerated, salted, or
packed in barrels of brine. It is then sent to the tannery where the skins
undergo a series of processes designed to preserve and soften the hides.
Sewing materials such as thread, lining, seam tape,
buttons, snaps and zippers are generally bought from outside vendors and stored
in the garment factory.
Most modern leather jackets are produced in Pakistan,
India, Canada, Mexico and the United States, using hides left over from the meat
industry. These are the popular production locations but leather is obviously
utilized for clothing in many other countries as well.
If you are a fashion designer looking for help with
manufacturing, you can find
leather clothing factories in our clothing factory section. Also, you
can learn about
in that section as well.
Learn about leather jacket brands and retailers:
You may also want to read:
Things to know before buying a leather jacket
9 Timeless Leather Jackets
leather clothing on the Fashion Blog.
Beware of faux leather jackets if that is not what you are looking to purchase.
Leather jackets can be considered a type of
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