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 autumn well and truly upon us, you’ll soon find that your winter coats are too warm for this weather, but your summer jackets are getting a little too light. Enter your new suede jacket, which will zip or button up to ensure you see in the season 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 offering from Gucci is cut from supple tan suede and trimmed with stretch-wool ribbing. For a pop of colour, the inside of the collar is striped in the house’s signature red and green. This Yves Salomon’s down-filled design has a detachable shearling lining, so you can truly maximise the amount of wear you get out of it. Handcrafted in Italy, it looks especially sharp with light-coloured knitwear. And, from the kings of cool a Levi’s comes this exact reproduction of a ’60s trucker jacket from Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s archive. Cut for a boxy fit, it’s made from tan suede backed with cozy cream shearling and has angled Western-style chest pockets.
Levi's Shearling-Lined Suede Trucker Jacket
Yves Salomon Shearling-Lined Suede Down Bomber Jacket
Gucci Suede 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.
The Row looks to uniforms for its first complete menswear collection, and the utilitarian influence is reflected in this ‘James’ jacket. It’s been made in Italy from lightweight supple suede that’s smooth on the outside and buttery soft inside, and defined with merino wool ribbed trims for structure. The first thing worth noting about Officine Generale‘s ‘Floyd’ jacket is the classic bomber construction, the second, the luxuriously supple suede. It’s cut in a tidy slim shape and edged with ribbing in a slightly darker shade of grey. From the Fear of God ‘Sixth Collection’ – this elegant bomber is cut for a slim fit, lined with quilted satin and lightly padded for extra warmth.
Fear of God Slim-Fit Suede Jacket
Officine Generale Floyd Slim-Fit Suede Bomber Jacket
The Row James Suede Bomber 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 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.
Mr Irving Schott started making a line of durable leather jackets back in 1920 and called the collection ‘Perfecto’, after his favourite cut of cigar. Drawing inspiration from the family’s 100-year archives, this one from Schott is expertly crafted from supple suede and fully lined in thick herringbone wool for extra warmth and insulation. Field jackets have stuck around as a popular style largely thanks to the practical design.
Kingsman’s version has the hallmarks of the original with flap pockets and shoulder epaulettes, rendered in soft suede that’ll age beautifully over time. Often referencing the brand’s motorsports heritage, Belstaff produces pieces that are functional, durable and undeniably cool. This jacket is made from smooth suede and equipped with plenty of pockets, adjustable side tabs and a buckled throat latch.
Schott Perfecto Suede Biker Jacket
Kingsman Suede Field Jacket
Belstaff Slim-Fit Suede Biker Jacket
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