Since I can remember, I’ve wanted a nice leather jacket. I grew up watching dark sci-fi tales like Blade Runner and Akira, and the most badass characters always seemed to have a badass leather jacket. Even before I developed an interest in fashion, I wanted a leather jacket, yet I’ve never owned one. To be honest, I've always faced decision paralysis; there were so many different brands and styles to choose from, and considering the relatively high price of leather goods (there’s a reason why many call leather jackets “investments), I didn’t feel comfortable picking one. What if it wasn’t versatile enough? What if it goes out of style?
After a few years of enthusiastically reading fashion blogs, watching SLP runway shows, and perusing daily “WAYWT” threads, I decided to finally purchase one. With the help of google and a recommendation from a friend, I picked a small made-to-measure leather jacket company called Independence Brothers.
I contacted the company’s founders and told them that I wanted something as close to a Saint Laurent Paris double moto as possible. They obliged, and after sending them my measurements, they assured me that my jacket was in production. That was around a month ago, and I’ve now had my jacket for a few days. Here are my first impressions:
The look is 10/10. They managed to replicate the example pictures I sent them with astounding detail. The placement of the pockets, zippers, and embellishments is nothing short of perfect. The YKK zippers look great, and the various metal adornments have a great finish.
I was scared to send in my own measurements, but the jacket fits really well. They matched my measurements with 10/10 accuracy (I measured the jacket again once I received it), but the fit is 9/10, since I measured my sleeves about half an inch too short. The jacket still looks great, and I’ve been assured by all my friends that the sleeve length isn’t noticeable, but I would up my sleeve measurement by about an inch next time. I have to give props to Independence Brothers here because I specifically asked them to taper the sleeves to a specific length (due to my freakishly small wrists), and they did it flawlessly.
I don’t know much about leather quality, but I’d say it’s 9/10. The lamb skin is soft and substantial, the finish has a nice sheen, and after wearing it around for a few days it isn’t developing any tears or “weak spots”.
In conclusion, I’m really satisfied with my jacket! For someone with an extremely slim body type like myself, getting a made to measure jacket at such an affordable price ($350) is awesome. If you’re interested in purchasing a jacket of your own, you can learn more about your options at Independence Brothers website.
Thanks for reading! If you’d like to see more content from me, you can follow me on Instagram! Quick disclaimer: I received my jacket in exchange for doing web development work for the brand, instead of receiving extra pay. Obviously I didn’t let this affect my review, and I still had to give up the equivalent of a few hundred dollars of paid work in exchange for my jacket, but I wanted to give you guys full transparency.