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Men’s Leather Jackets – Time-Travelling Epics

The easy application of a leather jacket would save a few pages on back storey in the script, from Marlon Brando in The Wild One to Bodie and Doyle in The Professionals to Gripper Stepson in Grange Hill – everyone would know that these people were not to be trifled with. Even the meat-head law enforcers in our simian future, the gorillas on Planet of the Apes, wore them. When the BBC produced Life on Mars, John Simm’s Sam Tyler character, a time-traveling policeman, had to wear a leather jacket (even though most of his colleagues were suited and booted). check it out
Of course, in real life, a leather jacket does not always translate to a tough picture. It does, however, convey a hint of edginess, but it’s more akin to a rock star than a street fighter or a rebellious cop.
During the postwar years, the fashion trend exploded. Pilots and bomber crews wore leather jackets, which were also insulated, to keep their bodies warm in their unheated, unpressurised aircraft. Army surplus stores were brimming with them after the war, and they were devoured by 1950s youths, especially the new breed of bikers who would go on to become the Hell’s Angels and their ilk. With such a tough-guy history, it’s no surprise that they became associated with a certain type of man, so if you wanted to gain a modicum of toughness by proxy, a leather was the natural choice for any young fella growing up on the mean streets of the UK during these turbulent times.
But it wasn’t meant to be. By the 1980s, leather jackets had become a little more gentrified, thanks to designer studios and celebrities like George Michael, who wore them when he wanted to be taken seriously during his Wham! period. Their blackness was stripped away to let in colourful leathers, and they became an item of clothing that ostentatiously displayed money. In the Thriller video, Michael Jackson pulled off the red look, but for the most part, a toned leather jacket was ideal for driving a Porsche 928.

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