Leather jackets have gained iconic status. They are generally gray, black or brown in color. Today, the leather jacket is not only outerwear which provides comfort during winters, it has been connected to various subcultures and even complete lifestyles. One of its best uses is the intimidating appearance it offers to the wearer.
A leather jacket can be styled in many different ways and be associated with various lifestyles, professions and people. Leather jackets are a common feature among bikers, people in the army, navy and air force, policemen and outlaws.
The jackets come in many shapes and styles like classic, motorcycle, bomber, leather blazer, scooter and racing jackets. Waterproof reversible leather jackets are also available. The waterproof jackets can be used as raincoats
Leather jackets are available in many materials, including buckskin, chamois, calfskin, goatskin, lizard skin, pigskin, ostrich, suede and cowhide.
Leather jackets are generally buttoned or zippered. The number of buttons available may differ. Also, leather jackets are available in hip length and waist length sizes. Leather jackets are also available in trenchcoats. Collarless leather jackets are also available. Leather jackets are available in many colors, though the most famous remain various shades of brown and black.
Leather jackets first gained popularity in the 1950s, when they were worn by two of the movies' most dazzling portrayals of machismo, by Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler in 'The Wild One' and 'Rebel Without a Cause'. The leather jacket was later worn by other players, and it became a famous pop icon.
The leather jacket once more won a place of honor when it was donned by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'The Terminator'. Arnold's character supposedly installed the jacket from a Hell's Angel.
Leather jackets have been used by many other celebrities and in the world of entertainment to show off a level of machismo. Brad Pitt wore it to fall into his role in 'Snatch,' Johnny Depp worn one as 'Donnie Brasco' and Vin Diesel donned one for 'XXX'.
There are two types of leather jackets, fashion and utility. The utility leather jackets offer protection to the wearer, while the fashion leather jackets do not offer as much security as a utility leather jacket would.
Leather jackets come in a number of designs and go through various processes to add a distinct taste to the rugged leather. The leather is sometimes distracted, waxed or embossed to imitate crocodile, alligator or snakeskin. Some leather jackets are fur-trimmed or fringed. Leather jackets are also available in single, double-broken and simple styles.
Leather has always been associated with extremes. While being used by many as a way of displaying their attitude, it has sometimes been used to display authority and lifestyle. Other leather clothing and accessories are available, including pants, chaps, shoes, boots, wristwatches, chokers, collars, chains, cuffs, hats and helmets. Some of the major brands making leather jackets include Schott, Andrew Marc and Jhane Barnes.