A Quick Guide To Buying A Leather Jacket

Buying a leather jacket is certainly a commitment as they have the potential to outlive you. This is why getting a good leather jacket is often seen as an investment and not one that should be made willy-nilly.

You may feel slightly overwhelmed as you begin your mission to find the perfect leather jacket for you, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you along the way.

You get what you pay for (usually)

For the most part, with a leather jacket, you get what you pay for. In this way, you may have to pay a little bit more for quality leather, smooth zips, and precise stitching, but it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

We spoke to leather experts, Lakeland Leather, who said: “In the majority of cases, price equals standard when it comes to leather, so that’s worth keeping in mind before you buy a leather jacket. Sometimes you may end up paying for a brand where the name is more expensive than the quality, but this doesn’t happen too often.”

“In short, if you want to buy a garment which will stay with you for a long time, you may want to consider looking at the higher prices. If you’re just looking for a jacket to last you the season, those in the lower price range might be better for you.”

Look for topstitching

Topstitching is highly coveted in the leather jacket world. If you’ve not heard of topstitching before, it’s a decorative stitching detail which is usually found on the edges of seams and pockets, making the jacket more visually appealing.

If the topstitching on your potential jacket made with a thick thread made by German company Güttermann, it’s likely that you’re looking at a high-end jacket. If your jacket has thin or non-existent topstitching, it’s likely that it’s lower end.

Ensure that it suits your image

It’s easy to be a bit gung-ho when buying a new item of clothing, but with something as long-lasting and, let’s face it, pricey as a good leather jacket, it’s important not to rush in.

The best way to go about it is to go for a timeless style so that it will always be fashionable, perhaps a biker or a bomber.

Above all, your jacket should make you feel good about yourself and should be as comfortable as possible, so make sure that you try a few on and don’t just go for the first one that catches your eye.

Make sure you can look after it

Just like any leather product, a leather jacket needs to be adequately cared for in order for it to have a long life in tip-top condition. They’re an investment and should be treated as such, so you need to know the level of maintenance required before you make your purchase.

Because of this, you should always check the manufacturer’s label before you buy your new leather jacket. There are general care best practices which are appropriate for all leather products and you can read about them here.


Custom Painted Mickey Mouse Birkin

Hermès Birkin Handbag Custom Painted Mickey Mouse

Talk about a statement piece! We all know and love the iconic Hermès Birkin handbag, but have you seen this custom painted Mickey Mouse one? This is one of the most sought after luxury accessories in the world, and celebs have been spotted left and right with their own limited edition and custom painted versions. While this isn’t the everyday bag for the majority of us, we wanted to share it because of how one of a kind this is. This bag features not only the lovely ciel blue Togo leather but also the stunning palladium hardware. It’s pre-owned and in excellent condition, making it the ultimate collectors item for the Disney fanatic. Plus, Baghunter offers a 100% authenticity guarantee on their expertly curated selection of luxury and high end bags. If you don’t know, now you know!

Custom Painted Mickey Mouse Hermès Birkin Handbag
35cm x 28cm x 18cm (14″ x 11″ x 7″)
via Baghunter

OMG buy me THIS.

Greg Michaels Kaylee Crossbody Bag

Greg Michaels Kaylee Crossbody Bag

I love a good statement accessory because it takes the guesswork out of any outfit. For instance, take this crossbody bag and mix it with a little black dress and you’ve instantly got a going out ensemble. This piece from Greg Michaels has it all — the texture, the hardware, and the color. Greg Michaels is a designer label that makes some fabulous handbags and accessories made from quality materials and their bags are made of 100% genuine leather. The neon green Kaylee bag is a stunner with the chain strap, studded bottom, and leather tassel on the zipper. I love the logo-embossed body since it brings some visual interest and texture to the bag. The interior is equipped with two organizational pockets and ample room to fit your date or clubbing essentials inside. This bag is also made with Nappa leather, so you know it’ll be buttery to the touch. Forget your RM or MK bag for a night, and try out this bad boy!

Kaylee Shoulder Embossed Handbag Purse
in Neon Green
by Greg Michaels

OMG buy me THIS.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Greg Michaels. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Replica Hermes Birkin 35cm

Replica Hermes Birkin 35cm

Let’s face it — many of us will never own such a magnificent handbag in our lifetime — so replicas are a very realistic alternative! I recently heard about a replica site that specializes in dupes of this this functional and iconic handbag. I love that the item pages have a thorough look at each bag, inside and out, so you can really make an informed buying decision. All bags have a 30 day return policy and come with free shipping, so what have you got to lose? The hardest choice? Picking which color to get! Me, personally? Black, cassis, or the quintessential orange!

p.s. Mallory featured the real deal on the blog back in 2011 — be sure to read that blog post too!

Hermes Birkin 35cm Copies
by HermesSale.biz

OMG buy me THIS.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by hermes sale. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

Gipsy Dharma Black Knee High Leather Boots

Gipsy Dharma Black Knee High Leather Boots

If you haven’t heard of GiPSY Dharma boots before, you must not read this blog because I’m a huge fan and have written several pieces on them in the past. Their signature unique knee high leather boots are handmade and are the conversation piece of your outfit, whether you’re going to a music festival, event, or taking them out on the town. Heading into fall, there are countless shades of neutrals and jewel tones you could go with, but for the sake of this blog post I wanted to feature their classic black leather version. The black moccasin style boot is boho but with a gothic edge.  As I’ve mentioned before in other blog posts, since the leather is super supple and the boot shaft is totally lace-up, Gipsy Dharma boots form to your individual shape and give you a really comfortable wear. While everyone is busting out their biker and riding boots this fall, take an edgier route and go with a statement boot like this!

Knee High Leather Boots
by GiPSY Dharma

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: GiPSY Dharma

Gipsy Dharma Leather Skirts

Gipsy Dharma Leather Skirts

Our friends at Gipsy Dharma have done it… they’ve expanded their line of fine handmade leather boots to leather skirts! I was always curious about these skirts pictured with the boots and now they’re finally available for sale! Priced at £119, these skirts are truly one-of-a-kind as they’re hand dyed and made by hand. The soft and supple leather feels like a second skin, while still being plenty breathable, which will contour slightly to your body shape over time. They come in one size fits all since there’s an adjustable fastening that works with many body shapes. The seams and band are delicate, yet the leather is high quality and durable. Perhaps what I love most is the asymmetrical hemline, which is super cute with the right amount of body and texture. Also, there is literally a color for everyone, from metallic to tie-dye, antiqued to glossy. I find these would look best worn with the coordinating lace up boots the indie label is best known for, but also other knee highs or mid-calf boots like classic Fryes. We’ve raved about Gipsy Dharma’s iconic boots twice before on this blog, so be sure to check out those posts here and here, for plenty of summer music festival outfit inspiration. And let us also not forget, while these come from the UK they are available for purchase worldwide!

Leather Skirts
available in 14 colors/finishes
by GiPSY Dharma

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: GiPSY Dharma

Elizabeth Anne Shoes Purse n’ Boots Brown Walking Boots

Elizabeth Anne Shoes Brown Walking Boots

Classic tall riding boots are a shoe I could live in all year here in San Francisco. Even on the tail end of spring and the cusp of summer, we get some really odd freezing cold days where the coastal fog takes over and any stranger might think it was a typical day in February. And as a SF girl on the go, I also like carrying just my bare necessity items with me if I’m meeting up for drinks, dinner, or dessert with friends at night; you won’t catch me ever going out with a humongous purse. The same goes for when I’m out running errands; I find my purse just gets in the way and it’s one more thing to carry. That’s why when I found these boots by Canadian designer and entrepreneur Elizabeth Anne, I knew they were designed with the city girl in mind. These are innovative and stylish boots with slim pockets for your bare essentials built inside!

Scheduled for release this September, these classic brown leather riding boots with this innovative slim pocket feature are available for preorder now. The ‘European’ style boot, pictured above, features the designers signature “Purse n’ Boots” creation: a handy pouch in the shaft of the boot with slots for your credit card, passport, and smartphone. As in, it will work for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Blackberry users! Made of a genuine cowhide leather, I just love the vintage finish these boots have. They’re not only practical, but very stylish! What’s also wonderful is that there are two calf sizes available  which few shoe manufacturers offer, ever. I think I will absolutely live in these when it comes to going out year-round in SF. Perfect for rocking with a dress, jacket, and you’re out the door… no purse needed!

Purse n’ Boots – The European
in Beautiful Brown Leather
by Elizabeth Anne Shoes

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Anne Shoes