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History Of The Leather Jacket

History Of The Leather Jacket

Earlier this week I showed you a look wearing my favorite leather jacket.  I wanted to continue writing a bit more about leather jackets and a brief history on them.  Also I wanted to share with you some of my favorite leather jacket street style looks and some great leather jacket deals from Nordstrom.

Here are some interesting facts on the history of leather jackets:

  • In early 1900’s brown leather flight jackets were worn by aviators and members of military.
  • During WWII they became known as the “Bomber Jacket”.
  • In 1928 Irving Schott designed the first motorcycle jacket and sold it for $5.50 (that’s right) at a Harley Davidson store in NYC.
  • In 1953 the leather motorcycle jacket reached iconic status after Marlon Brando wore it in the movie “The Wild One”.
  • Soon after James Dean followed by wearing his famous leather jacket in “Rebel Without A Cause” making it the ultimate symbol of cool.
  • In 1960’s this cool factor continued with Steve McQueen wearing his leather jacket with his famous aviator sunglasses.
  • “The Fonz” from Happy Days continued the tradition in 1970’s with wearing his famous leather jacket that is now on display at Smithsonian Institute.
  • The 80’s brought the punk rock look with Blondie and Billy Idol decorating their leather jackets with studs and safety pins.

Today leather jackets are included in all the fashion shows and stores at many different price points and I think I can easily say that almost every woman and man will have at least one leather jacket in their life time.

Below I have picked some of my favorite street style looks showing how different women wear leather jackets.  I have also selected some of my favorite leather jackets from Nordstrom that are on sale right now in case you are looking for a leather jacket.

To view the leather jackets on the Nordstrom website – Simply click the image of the jacket.

History of the leather jacket -Street style 1

History of the leather jacket -Street style 2 (2)

History of the leather jacket -Street style 3

History of the leather jacket -Street style #4

History of the leather jacket -Street style # 5

 

Below Are My Picks From The Nordstrom Website – A Few Are On SALE

 

History of the leather jacket -1.  Nordstrom

Treasure & Bond Leather Jacket – Click The Image Above To See This Jacket At Nordstrom

 

History of the leather jacket -2. Norstrom

Bernado – 4 Pocket Leather Jacket – Click The Image Above To See This Jacket At Nordstrom

 

History of the leather jacket -3.  Nordstrom

Tahari Leather Jacket – Click The Image Above To See This Jacket At Nordstrom

 

History of the leather jacket -4. Nordstrom

LaMarque Leather Jacket – Click The Image Above To See This Jacket At Nordstrom

 

History of the leather jacket -5. Nordstrom

Ellen Tracy Lambskin Leather – Click The Image Above To See This Jacket At Nordstrom

 

 

 

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42 thoughts on “History Of The Leather Jacket

  1. Love this, ad love the examples you provided with jeans, dresses, pretty flowing skirts, they are versatile, and there are so many lovely ones with various shapes, lots to choose from. Is your black one the tahari one with the larger flap front? I mostly wear leather jackers here in Charlotte as there isnt as much of a need for winter coats. I need to bring out my Mackage leather jacket and wear it on the blog sometime. I loved yours. great post, Nora!
    from the link up,
    please stop by, jess
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

    • Hi Jess,
      I am glad this was helpful to you 🙂 my leather jacket is a BCBG but its about five years old so its not available anymore. The closest thing I could find to it was the Tahari one. Mackage make some great leather jackets so you should definetly get yours out. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  2. What a fun facts about leather jackets! Thanks so much for sharing and especially for linking up with FUN FASHION FRIDAY! Love that reddish brown leather jacket at Nordstorm!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy

  3. There is something sleek about a leather jacket with a maxi dress, giving it quite the edge. Nice post, and good timing as I just bought a Black leather jacket to wear with a leopard print maxi dress!
    Great post!
    FF

  4. I LOVE leather jackets and ehem, I live in the desert. It doesn’t make sense right? But I love them so much I have a few in my closet. I made some outrages purchase on a couple of Balenciaga Moto jackets which honestly, I don’t regret regardless. The quality of the leather is just divine. Texture is buttery and smell is yummy! Everytime I open my closet, the smell of it is just overwhelming… that reminds, I have to take them out!

  5. I love my black Maje leather jacket, have worn my Joseph petrol blue biker jacket to death, and have a grey leather jacket tucked away alongside my brown leather swing coat – yep, I’m absolutely with you! Love a bit of fashion history, thank you so much for sharing it on #allaboutyou – Pinned!

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