Monday, February 28, 2011

A time and place for leather jackets

At some point in one's life, wearing a leather jacket just makes sense. For some, it's the need for speed that calls. For others, it is the look, weight, feel and smell of a leather jacket that has no substitute.

Indeed, some men have made the leather jacket an indispensable part of pop culture, appealing to young and old. If you think a leather jacket makes sense for you, find a jacket that looks fitted and clean on your frame, rather than boxy or loose.

The Schott Perfecto is the original leather motorcycle jacket, introduced in 1928, and worn subsequently by Marlon Brando, James Dean and members of the punk band, the Ramones.

The Perfecto leather jacket is among the archival styles being updated by Schott NYC for its special Perfecto Brand collection ($400 to $1,000).

Aero Leathers is a UK company based in Scotland that also makes leather jackets using traditional leatherworkers. Below are a couple of their models that can be worn on the street even if you don't race motorcycles:

Aero Cafe Racer

Aero summer half-belt in "deerskin"

Vanson Leathers is a Massachusetts-based company making leather motorcycle jackets and racing suits. Their version of the classic 1950s biker style jacket below comes in an amazing chest size range from 32 to 62.

Vanson Comet

Additional links
- Himel Brothers reproduction leather jackets
- Good Wear reproduction leather jackets

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

Courtesy of Everyguyed artist Barbara Pala, the two e-cards below should cover whether you are a single gent or happily paired off already:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

1960s style: The Graduate

The Graduate (1967) is one of my favorite movies and possibly my favorite film of the 1960s.

In the last 20 minutes of the film, the protagonist, Benjamin Braddock, wears an eggshell white hooded windbreaker (see above) as he races up and down California to win over Elaine, the daughter of the wife (Mrs. Robinson) with whom he's had an affair. Above is a still from the final scene where both Ben and Elaine sit on the back of a bus as a lifetime of emotions pass through them in a matter of seconds (watch their faces).

The film offers phenomenal acting, brilliant camera work and atmospheric music (by Simon & Garfunkel) and of course an abundance of period-specific sartorial details on both the men and women. Check out the 1960s shorter jackets, trim shoulders and slim ties on the men in the film.

Additional links
- Vanity Fair article on the making of The Graduate

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Central European style: A brown suede Budapester

A very nice Budapester featuring a goiser (aka goyser or "goiserer") welt by shoemaker Koronya.

Additional links
- Styleforum thread on Budapester model above
- Styleforum thread on split v. reverse welt