I used to own a vintage black leather motorcycle jacket that I picked up about 7 years ago from the Fairfax flea market for 75$. The jacket was perfect. Aged like a pristine wine and cherished like the scar on my chin from get tackled on asphalt during a football game in the 5th grade. If you own one with faded shoulders, rough elbows, and a perfectly cropped fit, it should be worn like a badge of honor.
Around Christmas time of 2013 I walked into a popular clothing store in LA and came across a flawless leather biker jacket from Johan Lindeberg's line BLK DNM. I had picked up some amazing BLK DNM pieces at a sample sale in NY, so I was positive this leather jacket would be no different. The leather was high quality, the fit and cut were faultless, and it smelled delicious. I bought the jacket thinking this one would replace the battered, beaten, and bruised version I had loved for years. I was so confident in this upgrade that I wrapped up the sacred old jacket and passed its glory onto my best friend for Xmas.
Unfortunately in 2014, every single person with any inkling of personal style or desire to look cool purchased a leather biker jacket. And of course the BLK DNM one became an overwhelming favorite for all. Big Sean. Justin Beiber. Mitch, who hangs out at 10oak. We are flooded with rooms full of 20-somethings wearing their first piece of new untouched leather. The smell now reeks like bad dis and fuck boys.
That BLK DNM jacket is the best one out for under 1000$. The YSL one is a beauty too, but it hits for around 5k and no one will know the difference. We are at a point where the black leather biker jacket no longer signifies edge. It no longer makes you the rogue hipster Glen O'Brien was in 1979 hosting TV Party while the downtown 500 reigned in the LES.
Wearing the leather jacket now says, "I'm no dummy. I know what's cool and so does every guy in this place wearing the same fucking jacket." This timeless piece reached its renaissance some years back and the newest renditions of this jacket do not inspire. So for now, unless you own a vintage one with years of wear to show your dedication to this staple of your wardrobe, the best thing to do is take a deep breath and put down your favorite jacket until the sheep drop the trend.
Devin Lucien is a producer and dj in Los Angeles who likes clothes,smart girls, and pretty music.