But, really, is there EVER a bad time to wear a great leather jacket? A young George Harrison wearing a bomber jacket. I first fell in love with leather jackets working with Robert Geller, where he walked me through a new leather jacket straight from the factory in Japan on my very first day. Since then, I created my own leather jacket line and amassed more leather jackets than any one guy should honestly have at one time. Outside of the suit, a leather jacket will be one of the biggest investments a guy will make in his wardrobe. You feel like a badass.
History[ edit ] Russian tank commander Semyon Krivoshein wearing a black leather coat based on the reefer jacket In the early s aviators and members of the military wore brown leather flight jackets. One of the first modern leather jackets the type A1 was created by Chapal in . During the Second World War the garments 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 often incorporated sheepskin , using the intact fleece on the inside for warmth. Russian Bolsheviks commonly wore leather jackets, which became a quasi-uniform for commissars during the Russian Civil War , and later for the members of the Cheka. Yakov Sverdlov allegedly initiated this practice.