It's no news that this season's hottest item is a motorcycle jacket. Unlike most fashion items, a good moto jacket never goes out of style. Lets rephrase that, motorcycle jackets do go in and out of style but a good one looks good in any decade.
If you don't have a great motorcycle jacket from the early 2000s or a vintage one from your aunt or mother, then you're going to want to pick the perfect version that will look great on you and the next generation of it-girls. We recently scoured all the department stores and local boutiques in order to find the perfect leather biker jacket. We tried $8000 Alaia jackets that felt as soft as melting lipstick and a $6000 McQueen version that had the perfect combination of edge and high fashion. There are also the less expensive motos made of imitation leather but we are looking for the jacket of a lifetime.
There is no doubt that our absolute favorite is the Balenciaga Moto ($2650). The sleeves are perfect. The fit is amazing. The leather is high quality but still has a twist of rugged. The best part is that that they come in a rainbow of colors. This season the designer focused on a mustard version and a heather grey, in addition to basic black. If you search pre-owned versions, which seem to run between $800 and $2200 on eBay, you will find a dazzling variety that includes cobalt blue and ultra violet.
If the Balenciaga jacket isn't quite your style, our close runner up is a Sandro version in basic black ($825). Sandro has a store right here on Madison and a boutique within Bloomingdales that is currently stocked with a great cramberry color.
You truly can't go wrong with either of these jackets and we are sure that your children or nieces will thank you in decades to come.
Balenciaga Moto Jacket
Bergdorf Goodman $2650