Going off of a recent conversation with our dearest content editor, Ella Jane, there are really only a few things a woman needs and needs to get right. Keep it minimal, keep it strong and strip out all of the frills - this winter, start with an investment in something that will last you forever. With this I advise, aim higher rather than lower, and invest carefully so you only buy once and never have to buy again. So this season, take the dive with us into our winter round up of the best leather jackets to love and covet.
Yes, it's just about on everybody's Pinterest board these days, but for damn good reason. Acne are purveyors of some of the best leather jackets every damn season, and this brushed suede take on the trending biker jacket silhouette is an elegant approach to outerwear that make itself at home in just about any wardrobe.
How fun is this motorcross jacket from CHLOÉ? Live out your Devon Aoki a la Fast and the Furious dreams in this impeccably crafted jacket, complete with contrast stitching and dyed leather panels. It's an indulgent execution of playful practicality.
This nipped-waist biker jacket from Céline's Pre Fall 2018 collection (Phoebe Filo's last for the house) is a timeless investment with a contemporary twist. As always with a Filo-designed piece, the devil is in the details – subtle white piping around the leather edges, perfectly 'aged' looking leather, and silver hardware complete the look.
A vintage racer silhouette accentuated by contrasting patchwork and a worn-in feel, Free People's take on the moto jacket is punchy and fresh, and a statement piece ready to take any street style look to the next level.
5. CAMILLA AND MARC Kula Leather Shearling Jacket
Camilla and Marc's shearling-trimmed black leather jacket is a serious winter warmer, crafted from the highest quality leather shearling and expert craftsmanship. The slightly cropped silhouette is a complimentary accompaniment to a pair of high-waisted jeans, too.
Sometimes when it comes to buying something as monumental as a shearling or in this case, a leather jacket - I like to go straight to the original and straight to heritage. Especially when it comes to something as classic as a leather jacket or shearling coat, even if one gets the hardware wrong (a bad zip, a cheap fastening), it can become an utter disaster. So, for years I looked no further than true American heritage, original NYC makers of leather since 1913, Schott NYC. And my one true love? Schott NYC Women's Sheepskin B-3 Bomber has been on my list since day one.
7. Acne Studios Leather Biker Jacket
In all my travels and season after season, I have never come across a leather biker more perfect and more well done than the one delivered to us by Acne Studios. Perfectly placed hardware and still remaining simple in its detailing, if a leather biker is what you're after - no one cuts one better than these Swedes.
Most often, when one tries to replicate a true original, many fail quite miserably. As I lean towards dressing very simply and minimally - my eye is very strict and attentive on detail. If you're like me and a long leather coat is what you lust, Celine have managed to do one impeccably.
9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh Kaplan Jacket
Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Menswear, womenswear - when it comes to outerwear, there are no lines. This season, if you prefer to move a little way away from the traditional - Maryam Nassir Zadeh's Kaplan Jacket with alternating colours and its perfect and very well considered boxed shape is the one for you.
10. Bottega Veneta Green Leather Bomber
Take it from my experience, but green leather, and one as beautiful as this, is extremely rare and hard to come by. And of course, by none other than Bottega Veneta, this cropped leather bomber can be found for your shopping perusal on net-a-porter.com.
If you're tempted to go for something softer and more relaxed, KHAITE's chestnut suede Larissa Jacket offers the perfect go-to in cropped.
Courtesy of The Row
This wouldn't be a feature about the finest and the well considered without looking to The Row. One of those brands where every garment projects utter elegance once worn, for the perfect jacket in leather, any piece of The Row will become a timeless companion and one to cherish forever.
13. Saint Laurent Aviator Bomber
Another style worthy of noting is the classic Aviator Jacket and there's none other more perfectly aligned than the Saint Laurent zip-up bomber with its removable shearling collar.
Again, I feel like a broken record player but leather done well, and in this case with Ganni, should be something to celebrate. So rare to see one executed to precision, whether you want it washed, distressed or cracked - if an authentic vintage looking jacket is more to your acquired taste, this neatly cropped, well adjusted washed leather jacket from Ganni should tempt you as first pick.
The perfect chocolate brown relaxed bomber? Look no further than this one by London's Ted Baker.
Deadwood's 100% recycled leather (and interiors made from recycled plastic bottles) are a more ethical way to shop new leather. Their take on the black leather zip-up jacket is a classic, combining functionality and form with effortless style.
We're not done with Deadwood yet! They also sling this forest green 'River Cactus' number that is a way to take a classic wardrobe staple and add a little sass, and colour match to the rest of your autumnal palette.
Worn Vintage's Faded Leather Jacket (pictured here in the brown colourway) gives the trucker jacket a modern air. The oversized fit paired with the buckle and contrast lining details make this one hard to say no to.
Ever had a stellar outfit on and been sad that your boring old black coat had to cover it up? Well, if you're looking for something a little punchier, why not go for this wine-coloured leather trench from Hansen & Gretel? An ideal outer layer for to add some extra texture and colour to your winter look.
Why not go for the real, OG when it comes to leather jacket and moto-core fashion? Harley Davidson are still slinging some deliciously thick and luxurious leather jackets that a fashion statement on or off the bike. This orange-striped, high-neck number with pockets is about as authentic as it gets.