A classic in any capsule wardrobe, the timeless leather jacket is always a good investment. Below, Vogue Scandinavia curates the best versions from Scandi brands to buy now
Some pieces were made to last in our wardrobes forever. After all, white crisp button ups, perfectly fitted denim, and the basic T-shirt all have a seasonless staying power that's hard to find elsewhere in our closets. Frequently featured in many a curated capsule wardrobes alongside the classics, the leather jacket has cemented its spot among the throng of timeless wardrobe essentials.
Are leather jackets on trend for autumn 2023?
As an outerwear staple, the leather jacket has become expected on the runways. Acne Studios ( who have ruled the sartorial scene with its now iconic shearling jacket) showed a distressed Moto style with padded, rounded shoulders. At Remain, a looser cut was favoured with a dramatically floppy collar, all while Heliot Emil emphasised the comfort of a fuzzy lining.
What style of leather jacket should I buy?
When it comes to invention in your next leather jacket, the options are endless. Today, there's a playfulness when purveying silhouettes: biker, bomber, trucker and sleek zip-up are all good options – not to mention the staying power of the Moto jacket. Then there's the avid fans of the 1980s-inspired leather blazers, seen on the streets of Stockholm and Copenhagen during fashion week. Finally, there's always the sleek lines and barely-there details to be found for a modern minimalist.
Here, Vogue Scandinavia has listed the best black leather jackets to buy now no-matter personal preference: from biker jackets with zippers aplenty to stylised over-sized versions made for the city slicker.
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The 16 best leather jackets to buy now:
Leather jacket with collar
Via Filippa K
Filippa K really found the devil in the details this season, presenting this slightly cropped leather jacket featuring contrast topstitching, silver buttons and a cozy shearling collar. All without compromising the brand's multi-use minimalist aesthetics.
Leather jacket will large pockets
Consciously crafted in chrome-free leather, this boxy silhouette will most certainly become a go-to piece in your autumn wardrobe. The concealed zipper, oversized breast pockets and detachable collar makes this piece as functional as it is fashionable.
Leather jacket with pockets
This sleek style by Toteme is being welcomed back for a third season, and with only slightly altered details, this cargo-inspired leather jacket is on its way to becoming a classic. Talk about seasonless staying power.
Faded leather jacket
With its nod to the basic blazer, this button-up leather jacket from Remain will serve you well for any number of occasions – be it thrown atop a slip dress for cocktail hour or worn with casual denim for a day of errands. Slightly faded, opting for this brown version helps lighten the overall look, making it double as indoor layering and shrugged-on outerwear.
Benjamin leather biker jacket
The biker jacket is another classic style we urge most people to invest in. And no one does biker better than Anine Bing, whose rocker-chic aesthetic lends itself well to this black leather jacket.
Cropped leather bomber jacket
Continuously experimenting with both cut and colour, this season, Acne Studios explores the realm of the distressed – and this bomber jacket is no exception. The best part? We don't have to wait for that covetable vintage look, as this piece comes pre-faded.
Faux leather aviator jacket
Sometimes, our lather jacket fix is best met with faux fabrics; for this purpose, we pound on Monki. An updated aviator with a straight fit and a corduroy collar, this piece comes in the most coveted colour of the season: Chocolate brown.
By Malene Birger
Exclusive beatrisse oversized leather moto jacket
Via Moda Operandi
This jacket – with endless experimental styling options thanks to its zipper details – first debuted during the spring/summer 2022 season. Now, By Malene Birger welcomes the style back in khaki green for the autumn/winter '23 ahead.
Icon zip-up leather jacket
Swedish Stand Studio is well-versed in leather, having built a brand by creating entire collections from the buttery material. As such, they know how to make a classic leather jacket you'll cherish forever. Again, brown is (arguably) the new black when choosing your colour.
Rotate Birger Christensen
Lace-up faux leather jacket
For a fun take on the classics, look no further than Rotate. Taking on the classic leather jacket, the Copenhagen cool-girl brand looks to sultry lace-up details, addictive eyelet embellishments to a simple long-line leather duster.
Angelica leather jacket
Made from 100 per cent recycled leather, Rodebjer's loose-fit, work-wear jacket should be the go-to to keep your eco-consciousness clean. Not only a classic made from upcycled material, this closet staple will continue to serve you for years to come.
Tiger Of Sweden
Via Tiger Of Sweden
Few styles have the staying power of a classic pea coat. First worn by European and American sailors, this classic has been given a contemporary update by Tiger of Sweden - rendered in glossy black leather. While we would avoid getting doused by salty seawater, this coat can combat most cold weather.
Net sustain river leather biker jacket
Another brand to keep on your radar for recycled leather is Deadwood. First founded as a vintage shop selling old motorcycle jackets, the brand quickly expanded into reworking surplus materials into new creations. No wonder then that it has perfected the classic biker.
Venla jacket - black
Stylein's sleek leather jacket with a boxy silhouette and no discernible details (beyond the single zipper) is just the thing for the aforementioned modern minimalist. Our favourite feature? The adjustable turnover collar, which allows you to leave the scarf at home despite the biting cold.
& Other Stories
Cropped leather jacket
Via & Other Stories
For modern appeal, & Other Stories cropped leather jacket Featuring classic moto details with a monochromatic appeal should not be overlooked. That said, you better act fast. This is a limited edition release, after all.
Oversized leather jacket
Arket has established itself as a great mid-market option for leather pieces, and its leather outerwear is no exception. Buttery soft, with a zip closure hidden by a button closure and a foldable stand-up collar – this piece embodies everything we love about a classic leather jacket.
Why should you buy a leather jacket?
The simple answer? It is an investment. With the many variations on the market, there is a style for every discerning sartorial taste. As such, a leather jacket (which only gets better with age) is one of the few purchases you can make that is guaranteed to work year-on-year. That is also why you should approach the purchase of a leather jacket with a timeless mindset, looking for an ethically crafter leather jacket made to last.
Do leather jackets keep you warm?
A common concern when it comes to leather jackets is whether they actually keep you warm. Here, it is solely dependent on the style you choose. Of course, an unlined jacket won't render as much heat as a padded iteration. If you're worried about the cold, consider a shearling jacket your best choice. Another option would be to size up to allow for more layers.