Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Moto Jacket

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Details like a hidden snap-down lend some edge to a piece that's already filled with downtown cool.

A vintage piece that combines rugged cool and heritage quality.

We’re just into September, which means that it’s time for this blogger to … switch from writing about polos to leather jackets? Well, when the offering is as stellar as the latest release from Taylor Stitch, it’s definitely time to cue up a few paragraphs. Taylor Stitch, makers of excellent slim chinos as reviewed on this blog, has really hit it out of the park with its latest endeavor, the Moto Jacket (part of the broader Moto Collection).The pre-sale campaign for the Moto Jacket started just about a week ago, and consumers have responded — this bad boy is a whooping 770% funded. It really does have all the pedigree (and styling potential) that you could want from a great leather jacket — and you’d certainly expect that given the $875 price tag. It’s made in partnership with renowned sportswear purveyors Golden Bear and based off a 40-year-old jacket produced by the same brand. Yet, the two have taken the principles that made the original so great, including a vintage racer silhouette, and brought the entire item into the 21st century.

A contemporary fit and quilted lining keep this jacket sleek and functional.

A contemporary fit and quilted lining keep this jacket sleek and functional.

The thick 3.5oz. steerhide leather looks as if it should break in beautifully over time, and a diamond quilted lining should also keep you insulated from fall’s chill. The jacket looks to fit slim and contemporary, a definite positive that ensures it’ll pair up well with both tailored cords and rugged denim. Leather jackets are one of only a host of outerwear options for the colder months, to be sure, but it’s fall’s answer to the spring denim jacket — able to replace your blazer, if need be. The trickiest thing about it (other than having to fork over that much cash) will definitely be the waiting — it’s set to start shipping around November 23. So, there’s need to buy anything for Black Friday, right? On the plus side, its current price is $300 lower than the regular price. And at the end of the day, it’s truly a jacket that should last at least as long as the one off which it was modeled — and likely beyond that. Pair it with a henley and some dark denim, and consider yourself set for many seasons to come.

What’s your reaction to this moto jacket? Would you wear it  (or spend the cash) and how would you style it?



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