What’s the epitome of casual, rugged and refined cool? Easily wearable no matter who you are or what you have planned? The classic leather jacket. From Brando and Dean to Beckham, leather jackets in their various iterations are the widely accepted finishing touch for everything from a crisp white pocket tee to a grey henley to a chambray dress shirt and tie.
There’s a style out there for everyone, from rough-and-tumble moto jackets to bomber jackets to leather military jackets that add flair, form and function to your favorite style staples. And there’s perhaps no better time to break out a great leather jacket than early fall — it ditches the weight of your heavy winter parka but it can stand up to a bit of a chill as you crunch leaves underfoot. In the right fit — ideally slim and sharp — it can work in place of a blazer just as seamlessly as it can at a weekend rock concert.
Our picks for the best men’s leather jackets are detailed below, and trust us — you’re going to want to buy more than a few of these.
Ionic Black Leather Jacket
When we search for a leather jacket, we look for a few things in particular, starting with quality construction, a sleek design and the right fit and feel. On the surface, it sure does look like the Ionic Black Leather Jacket checks all the right boxes, and then some. Featuring a slim fit, a classic cafe racer design and the sort of styling potential that works with darn near anything (but especially slim black jeans, a henley and moto boots), this leather jacket is your new favorite piece of fall outerwear.
Taylor Stitch Leather Moto Jacket
You can rest assured of one thing: Whenever the Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket is reintroduced by one of our favorite brands, it’s going to be on our radar (and hopefully yours) immediately. The Moto Jacket is a consistent favorite, a tried-and-true favorite that pays homage to a classic Golden Bear leather jacket that’s more than four decades old.
The Moto Jacket is now available once again for pre-order, has the same construction and quality you’ve grown to know and love about Taylor Stitch, this time translated into a handsome, edgy and decidedly modern leather jacket. Done in conjunction once more with fellow San Francisco-based outerwear luminaries Golden Bear, you can’t go wrong with the ultra-sleek Black Steerhide iteration, or the simply beautiful Whiskey Steerhide.
Schott Vintage Fitted Leather Motorcycle Jacket
With a reputation that precedes it, this Perfecto leather jacket is a stone-cold American icon, crafted with classic touches like nickel-plated brass hardware and hand-cut leather — all rolled into one to make this a jacket you won’t be able to live without. It’s the perfect leather jacket to wear with beat-up black jeans and black leather boots, plus a white tee — that’s a look dating back decades that you can still wear to this very day. And of course, it’s all possible thanks to this Schott leather jacket. Don’t sleep on this one, folks.
Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
If you want a leather jacket that can absolutely do it all — and then some — reach for the stellar Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket. Made from hand-waxed and finished leather and featuring a snap collar and front pockets for plenty of storage space, it’s absolutely the right jacket to wear when you need a dependable finishing touch for a motorcycle ride. It’s built for the road yet stylish enough to work at the office or a concert, and with its great looks, you’ll want to wear it all those places and beyond — for the price, that’s versatility that can’t be beat.
Noah Black Leather Biker Jacket
The Jacket Maker really is the place to go if you want to outfit yourself with a quality leather jacket that won’t break the bank, and with a range of options at highly agreeable prices, you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck. The Noah Black Leather Biker Jacket turns things up to 11 when it comes to badass style, featuring the sort of classic profile that’s flattering on any guy. Wear it with a grey tee and black moto jeans for a sharp everyday look.
Schott Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Café Leather Jacket
When we first got wind that our favorite gear purveyors at Huckberry (assuredly, one of the best online shops for men) were stocking an assortment of handsome, timeless and seriously rugged Schott leather jackets, well, we were impressed (and jealous). And the arrival of the Schott Vintage Fitted Leather Motorcycle Jacket calls for its inclusion on this list — no doubt about it. The Perfecto leather construction, flannel lining, and slightly trim fit mean you’ll be protected while riding your motorcycle, and look sharp at the same time. It’s an iconic jacket that’s well worth the investment, made to be worn each and every single day.
Schott 141 Cafe Racer Leather Jacket
From time to time, the very best and essential leather jackets need no introduction. That’s certainly the case with Schott, who continually ups the ante when it comes to dependable quality and style. The brand’s Cafe Racer is a sleek example of what you want your next leather jacket to look like — it’s made from heavyweight, chrome-tanned leather for a soft feel and sleek look, and the slim silhouette gives it a rugged edge that simply can’t be topped. That goes for styling it with a short-sleeve henley in the summer, or a chambray shirt in the fall and winter — there’s no wrong way to style it.
Belstaff Outlaw Leather Jacket
If there’s a brand we think of when we think of outstanding, heirloom-quality leather jackets, it just might be Belstaff. The brand makes some of the best leather jackets, no doubt about it, and the Outlaw is but a prime example of the type of jacket you’re going to want to buy now, then wear all the time. With quilted shoulder detailing and a razor-sharp cut, plus a hefty price tag to match, it’s an incredible leather jacket for what you’re investing in it.
Sven Black Leather Bomber Jacket
The great thing about finding a rugged leather bomber jacket is the instant boost in confidence it can give you, especially when the jacket in question is the Sven Black Leather Bomber Jacket. Yes indeed, The Jacket Maker comes through once again with a seriously cool option that’ll look great with all your favorite rugged style staples (think blue jeans and scuffed-up black boots, for starters).
Taylor Stitch Band Collar Moto Jacket
If you’re anything like us, then you know that your search for the best leather jacket is never really complete — at least, not until now, anyways. The Taylor Stitch Band Collar Moto Jacket is a different animal entirely, taking what you thought you knew about the leather jacket and flipping it on its head. The band collar style is sleek and sharp, the exceptionally well-crafted steerhide leather only gets better with age, and the fact that Taylor Stitch worked with heritage jacket makers Golden Bear on this fine piece is a great indicator that this is an heirloom-quality jacket you’ll have for years and years to come.
Coach Leather Racer Jacket
Assuredly, you know Coach for the brand’s beautiful leather accessories, and perhaps even their handsome and recently revamped menswear — including pieces like this essential, jaw-dropping leather jacket. Done in the racer style, this premium jacket cuts a sleek silhouette, no matter how much time you spend behind the wheel of your whip. In short, it’s worth the grand-plus final bill.
AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
For classic cool that won’t break the bank, consider adding AllSaint’s Milo Leather Biker Jacket to your fall wardrobe rotation. It’s made from soft lambskin leather and sports classic biker jacket details — an asymmetric front zipper, a variety of zipper pockets, and an old-school ticket pocket — in a modern, slim-fit design that will look great both on and off your motorcycle.
Schott Perfecto Leather Jacket
When it comes to iconic leather jackets, Schott practically wrote the book. The Schott Perfecto is among a set of legendary silhouettes developed decades ago by the iconic brand, and they’ve got some serious staying power. This particular jacket is still designed and made right in America using the brand’s classic attention to detail and rugged style — it’s nearly the definition of the perfect leather jacket, and the best part is that you can snag it for under a grand. It’ll more than make up for that initial cost, with quality and longevity that’s known worldwide. What are you waiting for? Your new fall jacket is here.
Roland Sands Walker Jacket
Want a leather jacket that’s sleek, sharp and tough as nails? One that goes with the coolest style staples in your wardrobe — think a rugged short-sleeve henley, slim blue jeans and scuffed-up brown leather boots? Then you want the Roland Sands Walker Jacket, made to be worn on the road through all kinds of conditions. It’s fairly priced for the quality you’re getting, so you can’t go wrong with either the black or brown colorway.
Theory Morvek Lkelleher Leather Jacket
Sometimes, leather jackets eschew bells and whistles and opt for minimal, straightforward style that goes with just about everything in your closet. That’s certainly the case with this leather jacket, made from lambskin leather and featuring a two-way zipper that’ll add a dash of daring to a broken-in pair of black jeans and slick suede Chelsea boots. It’s definitely a piece that’s worth the extra cash, particularly when you consider that you can use it as a sharp, slightly rebellious replacement for an unstructured navy blazer if the time is right. And the rest of the time? It’ll do just fine layered up over a broken-in crewneck sweater.
Orvis Romano Leather Jacket
Orvis has long made tough, heritage-quality gear for the field and for the modern gentleman explorer, and that adage holds true with the Romano Leather Jacket, a potential new favorite when it comes to your outerwear rotation (especially heading into early fall). We love the use of goatskin leather, sure to break in over time, plus the rugged layering options you’ve got (try it with dark denim and a thermal henley).
Belstaff V Racer 2.0 Leather Jacket
If a brand like Belstaff is good enough for a modern-day style icon like David Beckham, it’s assuredly good enough for the fall adventures you’re dreaming up this season — right? Right. The V Racer 2.0 Leather Jacket certainly belongs under serious consideration as you shop for your new favorite leather jacket, what with its sleek cafe racer design, a sharp fit and reinforced shoulders for real-life durability on the road. Whether or not you’ve got a motorcycle of your own, consider getting this cool-as-heck leather jacket for fall road trips aplenty.
AllSaints Cora Leather Jacket
When it comes to upgrading your leather jacket, there are a few places your search should start. First off, start with a brand that knows a thing or two about making one of the most sleek, coolest leather jackets. Second, get ready to do your research (that’s why we’re here), and then invest. Third, be prepared to be seriously impressed by the quality and everlasting cool of the AllSaints Cora Leather Jacket, blending the classic style of a bomber with the fast appeal of a biker jacket. In short, it’s the perfect leather jacket for fall.
Scorpion EXO 1909 Leather Jacket
Solid leather jackets often blend heritage quality with modern style, and when you find a jacket that meets both of those criteria handsomely, you should act quickly to snap it up. Take, for example, the Scorpion EXO 1909 Leather Jacket, featuring distressed leather, bold and retro striping and the sort of uniquely worn-in look that’ll only get better as you make the jacket your own. Wear it with a grey henley and slim black jeans — plus black moto boots — to complete your favorite fall ensemble.
Orvis Redfield Leather Jacket
The team at Orvis knows its stuff when it comes to producing the sort of goods and gear you’ll have for years — and the sort of goods and gear you’ll want to pass down. You know that expertly tailored leather jacket that you found in your father or grandfather’s closet? The kind you couldn’t wait to grow into? The Orvis Redfield Leather Jacket is kind of like your own iteration of that jacket, made to be the sort of rugged jacket that’ll carry you through all kinds of adventures. Large button pockets, quilted detailing and a fit that mimics your favorite field coat make this incredible jacket a surefire winner.
Tommy Bahama Rocker Highway Leather Jacket
A leather motorcycle jacket acts almost like a suit of armor when you put one on — you instantly feel cooler, walk a little taller and look great (even if said leather jacket is just worn atop a classic white T-shirt). The Rocker Highway Leather Jacket from Tommy Bahama is definitely one such jacket, featuring rich lambskin leather and four-pocket moto jacket detailing for a streamlined look and feel. Wear it on a fall road trip or two this season.
Schott Hand Vintaged Cowhide Café Racer Jacket
When we’re on the hunt for a heritage-quality leather jacket — and believe us, it’s a topic we dive into frequently here at GearMoose — there’s a natural starting point in terms of quality, rugged appeal and timeless style. That starting point, naturally, is Schott NYC, a brand with a name and reputation that precedes itself. You know the brand’s iconic moto jackets, but did you know they’ve also taken a stab at the classic racer silhouette … with equally stylish and covetable results? This is going to be a jacket that transforms your entire wardrobe, no doubt about it.
Thursday Boot Co. Motorcycle Jacket
You know Thursday Boots for the brand’s enviable, extremely high-quality dress boots, waterproof wingtip boots and durable hiking boots — but did you know they also make a heck of a leather jacket? The outerwear line from this excellent footwear brand recently launched, and we think pieces like the beautiful Motorcycle Jacket are instantly classic and easily wearable. Try pairing this slick moto jacket with slim black denim and a white henley to head to a rock concert — it’s a jacket that oozes authenticity and tough style.
Orvis Yellowstone Leather Jacket
Another day, another stylish and rugged leather jacket from Orvis. The Yellowstone Leather Jacket is every bit as worthy of your consideration and your hard-earned dollars as the rest of the durable, dependable Orvis gear in your wardrobe, and that’s saying something. Aptly named with an eye toward adventure. Built like the kind of reliable-yet-refined leather jacket that a legend like James Bond himself might wear, this jacket should wear stylishly with everything from chore pants and Blundstone boots to slim blue denim, dressy suede chukkas and a white Oxford shirt.
D73 Ring Leather Jacket
The best leather jackets for men are uniquely tough and yet versatile, as well-suited to a night on the town as a day on the road — and the D73 Ring Leather Jacket just might be the best of the bunch, complete with sleek style and classic looks for all-day, all-time durability. It’s simply one of the most versatile leather jackets you can buy, with the kind of layering potential that works with a rugged henley or with a crisp Oxford shirt in equal measure.
Belstaff Clenshaw Leather Jacket
The great thing about a leather jacket — particularly a leather jacket with the versatility of a classic bomber silhouette — is that sense of classic cool it gives the wearer. That’s absolutely the case with the Clenshaw Leather Jacket from Belstaff, yet another worthwhile apparel option to keep in your arsenal this fall season. Wear it with a crisp white tee, slim black jeans and high-top sneakers.
Superdry Curtis Light Leather Jacket
For those who seek a forward-thinking edge when it comes to their outerwear collection, and particularly when searching for one of the best leather jackets out there, you’ve got Superdry and pieces like the seriously sharp Curtis LightLeather Jacket (not pictured). In an inky Black leather, it’s the perfect pairing with slim black denim and yes, naturally … black leather Chelsea boots.
Schott 50’s Oil Tanned Leather Moto Jacket
If you want to truly go all-in when it comes to picking up your next leather jacket, well, you might as well start with Schott. Practically the gold standard when it comes to timeless leather jackets, the ‘50’s Oil-Tanned Leather Moto Jacket is truly badass and built to last. It’s an everyday-type of leather jacket, if ever there was one.
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