There’s nothing quite as cosy – or cool – as a shearling jacket. Suede on one side, and a clipped fur surface on the other, this celebrated sheepskin fabric is enjoying a renaissance for a reason, so now is the time to invest. They’re not cheap, but these jackets are naturally warm and sartorially sound. So get in the mood for fur, and throw one on. Here are five of the best:
Tom Ford’s jacket toes the line between rugged and refined. It’s been made in Italy from soft ‘cashmere’ suede and has a full quilted lining that’s filled with down for additional insulation. The casual snap fastenings and multitude of pockets give it a utilitarian edge.
Motorcyclists, pilots and many of Hollywood’s leading men have been lured by the rugged appeal of Belstaff’s carefully crafted jackets. A reworked version of its waxed ‘Mentmore’ blouson, this version is constructed from weighty chocolate leather in a classic aviator shape and has a fuzzy shearling collar that can be detached. It’s equipped with plenty of pockets and fully lined for additional warmth – a worthy investment.
NN07’s ‘Rowan’ bomber jacket is cut by hand from smooth suede with warm shearling on the reverse. It has ribbed merino wool trims to keep it in place and is finished with a two-way zip fastening for flexibility. The regular fit leaves ample room for a finely knitted rollneck sweater underneath, so you’ll be more than cosy enough when temperatures start to plummet.
Oliver Spencer is a favourite of award-winning actor Jude Law, and we can easily picture him in this rugged jacket. It’s made from cotton-corduroy and detailed with a fuzzy shearling collar – a recurring detail in the brand’s outerwear. The rich green shade is subdued enough to go with most colours in your wardrobe.
Schott was commissioned by the US Air Force to create bomber jackets for American pilots during WWII – this ‘Type N-5A’ flight style is modelled after the original design from the ’40s. The durable leather and substantial wool-blend construction will withstand years of wear, while practical details, like the shearling collar and buckled throat latch, see to your comfort.