There are few things a man can own that are cooler than a leather jacket. It is one of those pieces whose very existence—aside from, you know, keeping you warm and protected from the elements—is to convey a sense of cool.
Like ice cream, cool comes in many flavors, and it’s important to find the one that suits your personal style. If you’re afraid of flying, then a leather aviator jacket probably isn’t the right call. If you’re more conservative, then don’t go opt for coat with a ton of zippers and buttons.
But regardless of who you are and what you’re into, there is a cool leather jacket for you. We’ve got you covered with seven slick leather jackets to suit every man’s style.
FOR THE LABEL-CONSCIOUS GUY: GUCCI
Under new creative director Alessandro Michele, Gucci has been on a tear as of late—and the brand is making guys realize the benefit of adding patches to their clothes. This looks like a classic biker jacket from the front, but the back is adorned with a massive patch of a tiger, teeth bared, which makes the jacket that much more imposing.
FOR THE CLASSIC GUY: BARACUTA
It doesn’t get much more classic than the Baracuta G9 jacket. Worn by everyone from Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra to modern man-crush candidates like Jason Statham, the G9 is now available in leather. The jacket still retains its preppy vibe thanks to the Fraser Tartan lining, but the addition of sheepskin leather on the outside gives it a more modern update.
FOR THE DENIM-LOVING GUY: RRL
It may look like a jean jacket with its button closure and point collar, but this RRL coat is actually 100 percent leather. It is, however, dyed with indigo in the same way that your favorite jeans are. Perfecting the indigo dyeing process took RRL more than two years, which helps explain why this jacket is limited to just 150 pieces.
FOR THE COLORFUL GUY: WOOD WOOD
Who says leather jackets can only be black or brown? Wood Wood’s Dean jacket stands out with its golden color. The cow leather is heavy enough to keep you warm on cooler days and the front flap pockets have built-in side pockets so that you can store your everyday carry and still keep your mitts toasty.
FOR THE COLD GUY: SCHOTT
The Schott Flight Jacket was a staple among aviators in the mid 20th century and looks just as good today. It is also an incredibly versatile jacket that can be worn a number of different ways and does the most important thing a jacket should do: keep you warm. By adding the removable lining and soft collar, you can wear this jacket through the winter. You’ll probably want to keep that collar on year-round just for the style points.
FOR THE STREETWEAR GUY: OFF-WHITE
Kanye confidante and Off-White creative director Virgil Abloh combines a lot of notes to great effect with this bomber jacket. The black leather sleeves contrast nicely with the camouflage wool body. And the diagonal stripes on the back will be instantly recognizable to all the hypebeasts out there.
FOR THE BIKER GUY: BELSTAFF
David Beckham wears this Outlaw jacket, which should tell you a lot. Sure, he gets paid handsomely to do so, but he also looks handsome in it. Belstaff’s leather jackets are built to ride motorcycles and stand up to all the abuse that comes with that. But it also looks sharp off the bike with its quilted shoulders and elbows and handwaxed leather that takes on an incredible patina.