I wanted a moto jacket for years. Black, leather, classic. So what if I’m not cool (anymore?) and don’t ride motorcycles.
I looked high and low. I even went into a few of Williamsburg’s many vintage shops.
[Oh, the smell! Vintage shopping just isn’t for me, but kudos to those of you who are good at it.]
As usual, the internet came to my rescue. I spotted 7 for all Mankind‘s version and noticed where it hit the model’s hip, giving me hope. But I was reluctant to pay almost $700.
I almost caved re: the no suede stipulation. This jacket is very cute.
Time passed. And then, for whatever reason I looked and found that my desired jacket had gone on sale. GLEE!
I ordered both my usual size and a size up, crossed my fingers and waited. Because I ordered via Saks Off Fifth versus Amazon Prime, I had to wait, like, three or four whole days for them to arrive.
Patience: Not My Virtue.
But eventually I was rewarded with a beautiful coat I love, and for half its original price.
I opted to go with the larger jacket, liking the slightly oversized boyfriend feel.
Naturally, days later, a cold-cold spell hit NYC and I had to move up to my Helmut Lang warm coat. And now it’s raining like mad and I can’t get my baby wet. Which is why I don’t have a good pic of me wearing it.
But I have it. And that, naturally, means that moto jackets are over. Perhaps even motorcycles too. I’m that uncool.
Update (March 2017): Bloomingdale’s has a terrific suede option for $198. The quality is fantastic for the price. Unfortunately for me, it’s a bit too cropped for my long torso, but I loved it otherwise in grey.