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Brown is the new black: Why you should opt for lighter leather like the style set

By Josefin Forsberg

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

While we will always love a classic black leather jacket, it is time to explore lighter alternatives when buying our next buttery outerwear

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As the style set descended on the Nordic capitals for Copenhagen and Stockholm Fashion Weeks, one thing was clear: they were all opting for lighter leather when dressing for winter. Gone were the days of basic black coats and jackets, adding just a dash of Matrix to our mood. Instead, the sartorial zeitgeist in Scandinavia learnt towards an array of browns, from cognac to muscovado, when it came to outerwear.

Silhouettes were varied, with the Copenhagen cohorts wearing vintage shearling coats to combat the cold while, the Stockholm crowd preferred the longer and leaner lines in collarless coats. The one uniting factor across the Nordics was the colour way, the warming layers in earthy tones of brown.

Adam Katz Sinding

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

Adam Katz Sinding street style

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

Adam Katz Sinding street style

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

Brown leather first made an impact on the world of fashion during the spring/summer 2022 runways. When showing the upcoming seasons, brands like Acne Studios presented trousers and corsets in deep chocolate shades, while Balenciaga opted for an ankle length skirt in the buttery material. And as the seasons kept showing, brown leather stayed on the menu – from Burberry's coats and Khaite's aviator jackets of pre-autumn 2022, to the Row's smashing checkerboard take on the outerwear trend for autumn/winter 2022.

With brown seemingly being the new black, below we've gathered the best outerwear in brown buttery leather to buy now.

Brown Leather

Olga Coat Cognac


Belted leather jacket

Dorothee Schumacher

Jodie snake-effect vegan leather coat


Dolores faux leather coat

Stand Studio

Faux leather jacket


Collarless leather coat