There are few things cooler than a suede jacket. It’s got all the style and strut of its leather cousin, but without the shiny self-importance. True, it might not be as hard-wearing as leather — suede has a napped finish, and is made from the underside of animal skin rather than the top — but it is immeasurably more versatile, softer and less likely to crack over time.
And that’s before we even come to how seasonal this timeless design is. With winter slowly heating up, you’ll soon find that your winter coats are too warm for this weather, but your summer jackets are still too light. Enter your new suede jacket, which will zip or button up to ensure you see in spring in brushed, laid-back style.
A suede bomber is the bomb
It’s a classic design that still turns heads to this day. The bomber jacket — so named for the flight crew members of the US Air Force who originated the style — is traditionally loosely-cut, and has cuffs, a waistband and a collar.
This Gandy bomber from Oliver Spencer has a double length contrast collar that can be folded down for a traditional bomber style or popped up on a cold day. Loro Piana’s navy offering incorporates panels of cashmere to up the softness factor. And Valstar, pioneers of the style, have crafted their version in Italy from butter-smooth hide.
Oliver Spencer Gandy Bomber
Loro Piana Cashmere and Suede Bomber
Valstar Valstarino Unlined Bomber Jacket
There’s no grey area when it comes to colours
Brown and black may be the go-to hues for your leather jacket — but, when you opt for the softer suede, you should also think about moderating your colour choice. This may mean stone or camel, but we’d suggest you try out the little-worn grey.
A staple of Anglo-Italian’s offering, this raglan-sleeved, military-pocketed jacket is a vision in the colour. Corneliani’s zipped jacket maintains the coolly irreverent aesthetic of your favourite biker jacket, but introduces a little more subtlety. And Private White V.C’s jacket, in an olive grey, is blended with a touch of stretch so you can move comfortably and freely.
Anglo-Italian Flip Collar Bomber
Corneliani Suede Jacket
Private White V.C. Moleskin Jacket
Keep things classic with a collar
You can’t go wrong with this retro mainstay. Channel your inner 70s renegade cop with the collared brown suede jacket, which is so versatile that it’ll never look less than cool with a loose tee, flannel shirt, or even a collar and tie.
From Polo Ralph Lauren, this trucker jacket has all of the classic details including button-fastening flap pockets and waist tabs, and is fully lined to help keep you warm. Loro Piana, again, have used butter-soft suede to create a jacket that will mould to your frame. And Brunello Cucinelli’s suede field jacket will look as elegant on an adventure as it will in a business meeting.
Polo Ralph Lauren Suede Trucker Jacket
Loro Piana Suede Trucker Jacket
Brunello Cucinelli Suede Field Jacket
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