The 16 Best Leather Jackets for Men in 2023, According to Wearers

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So, you're here because you've decided you want to look like Slash, John Stamos circa his Full House era and John Travolta in Grease and Saturday Night Fever right? Well, you've come to the right place. The leather jacket is a tested tried and true option that instantly ups your rating on the coolness richter scale. Not only that, but they are epitome of fall fashion as every fashion head personally uses the season to bust out their edgy biker-inspired looks which are almost always completed with dope pair of boots. The versatility of leather jackets are unmatched as well. You can rock them with a sick pair of jeans, and put them over a cool graphic t-shirt for a nice 1980s rocker look, along with plenty of other nice combos that work alongside the cool fall breeze. As such, we've rounded up the best leather jackets for men according to user reviews and countless hours of research.

From the Schott Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket ($975) to the Sorcha Leather Jacket ($798), trust us when we say these are the best of the best out there.

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The Best Leather Jackets, at a Glance:

1. Schott Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket

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The Best Leather Jacket, Overall

  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Color: Black, Brown
  • Material: Cowhide leather
  • Key features: Made from cowhide leather, cafe racer style mandarin collar, zippered sleeve cuffs, three zippered pockets
  • What reviewers say: "The leather feels soft. The stitching and details are all high quality. Feels broken in. Large is perfect fit for me (6' 4", 200 lbs.) Can wear a shirt and light/med sweater." - Chris, Huckberry Reviewer

Schott's history with their renowned leather jacket dates all the way back to the early 1900s with the production of their very first one. Fast forward over a century later and that model has been enhanced, modernized, and technically expanded into offerings like their Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket, which is considered by many to be the best leather jacket on the market. It's not just the sleek look and design of the jacket, it's also the detailed technical elements like the cowhide leather construction, cafe racer style mandarin collar, the three zippered pockets, and nickel-plated brass hardware material that really make it worth the buy.

Sure you're spending $975, but it's quite possible that you'll never have to purchase another leather jacket again thanks to the quality, so the spend evens out when you think about it compared to those that regularly have to replace their leather jackets over the course of their lifetime due to the quality not being as good. In short, this is one of the best leather jackets you can purchase.


2. John Varvatos Sorcha Leather Jacket

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Saks Fifth Avenue

The Best Retro Leather Jacket

  • Sizes: 48 - 54
  • Color: Brown Sugar
  • Material: 100% Leather
  • Key features: Spread collar, long sleeves, zip cuffs, front zip closure
  • What reviewers say: "Overall great jacket. Looks great, fits great, very comfortable. Zipper could be a little sturdier. Would recommend." - Larry, Bloomingdales Reviewer

Crafted with 100% authentic leather, John Varvatos' Sorcha Leather Jacket is nicely tailored, well-fitting, and promotes a comfortable wear. Dressed in a brown sugar color and a reflection of the rock 'n' roll themes the brand loves, details like the point collar and front zip closure only serve to enhance the jacket's versatility, with once again the comfort being luxuriously smooth. Again, the $798 price point is higher, but John Varvatos' products have a reputation of lasting literal decades if taken care of properly. Should you invest, you will need to take the jacket to get professionally cleaned when it gets dirty. That's the key to longevity with this one.


3. J. Crew Limited-Edition Flight Jacket in Italian Leather

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J. Crew

The Best Leather Bomber Jacket

  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Italian leather
  • Key features: Brushed cotton lining, internal pockets, viscose-lined sleeves
  • What reviewers say: "I haven’t owned a leather jacket in years, mostly because I haven’t like the styles I’ve seen, or the quality was lacking. I just got this jacket yesterday and love it! The look is simple, elegant, and classic…it won’t go out of style. The leather is nice and heavy, but flexible, and will presumably last for a long time. This is not a light jacket for warm weather, but perfect for cooler temperatures." - J. Crew Reviewer

Who says bomber jackets can't come in leather? Not J. Crew obviously with their stunning Limited-Edition Flight Jacket in Italian Leather, which smells amazing. Unneeded detail aside, the jacked is crafted with Italian Leather, cut in a traditional bomber style, and has a general loose fit that slightly tapers and flatters the body. The functionality and comfort is also present with the jackets brushed cotton lining, two internal pockets as an extra place to store your hands, and the uber comfortable viscose-lined sleeves that really add to the overall beauty of the piece. J. Crew is one of our favorite places for menswear, and this jacket is just another example of why we'll always recommend. It's the quality people, it's the quality.


4. Todd Snyder Italian Burnished Leather Dylan Jacket

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Todd Snyder

The Best Luxury Leather Jacket

  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black, Olive
  • Material: 100% Calf Leather
  • Key features: TS Logo Shank Buttons, two chest flap pockets, two side entry pockets at the hip
  • What reviewers say: "I've been buying TS products for years, including several of the Dylan suede jackets, and this might be my favorite piece yet. The initial quality is on another level - the color looks incredible in person and the leather seems durable yet light and malleable in a way that just feels right. This will be my go-to leather jacket for warmer months for the foreseeable future." - Nicko A., Todd Snyder Reviewer

If you are okay with making the investment of over $1,000, then Todd Snyder's Italian Burnished Leather Dylan Jacket is one of the most popular and highly reviewed currently on the market. Characterized by it's multiple technical features such as the TS Logo Shank Buttons, two chest flap pockets, and two side entry pockets at the hip, the jacket is pulled together by the finest of calf leather, and we're especially found of the way the jacket sits on the shoulders when wearing. Slim-fitting jackets with a bit of a loose edge are always the best of the best when it comes to leather jackets in our opinion, and did we mention the quality is amazing? Cause the quality is amazing.


5. Rag & Bone Archive Leather Café Racer

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Rag & Bone

The Best Slim-Fit Leather Jacket

  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black, Brown
  • Material: 100% Lamb leather
  • Key features: Zipper closure, leather locker loop, center front zipper, sleeve zippers, spring snap at top collar
  • What reviewers say: "The leather jacket is beautiful. So soft and comfortable. It is a staple and will be worn for many years to come. My son was thrilled when he opened it!!" - Nancy, Rag & Bone Reviewer

The history of the Cafe Racer Jacket dates back to the 1950s when motorcyclists were wearing on their rides in between cafe stops. As such, there's loads of history behind the piece, which has a different cut and style than other leather jackets. This Archive Leather Café Racer from Rag & Bone is dynamic statement piece that's emphasized by it's detailed features that include the standard zipper closure, a leather locker loop, and a spring snap at the top collar. One of the things buyers rave upon the most is the jacket's superior butter softness, with some claiming it's the softest jacket they've ever worn. Edgy, comfortable, and versatile, the Archive Leather Café Racer is a solid investment capable of lasting for years.


6. Cole Haan Men's Lambskin Leather Jacket

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Cole Haan
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black, Brown
  • Material: 100% Lamb leather
  • Key features: Center front zipper, shirt collar, slanted single welt pockets
  • What reviewers say: "I purchased this jacket for my husband. He absolutely loves it. Upon purchase, the jacket was on back order, which took 30 days to arrive. Fortunately the quality is amazing, so it was worth waiting for. The fit is generous too. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed in the quality or workmanship of this modern, yet classic leather jacket." - T Duff, Macy's Reviewer

You don't always have to spend more than $500 to get a quality leather jacket, which is proven by Cole Haan's $339.95 Lambskin Leather Jacket. Known for it's smoothness (which is surely attributed to lamb leather material the jacket is built with), the jacket is well-crafted, lined, and full of comfort that promotes all-day wear. Separating this jacket from the pack is features like the interesting shirt collar, and angular slanted welt pockets that you can stuff your hands into should you choose to forgo wearing gloves on a cooler day. The hardware on the jacket checks out, with the fit being true-to-size one. Definitely worth your consideration, especially if you want your purchase to be below the $500 mark.


7. Harley-Davidson Men's Road Rocker Jacket

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Harley Davidson
  • Sizes: S - 4XL
  • Color: Black Leather
  • Material: Heavyweight lambskin leather
  • Key features: Zippered hand-warmer pockets, action back, welt chest pockets, hidden snap-down collar
  • What reviewers say: "Classic fit leather jacket. Recommend for not the “slim fit” style. However, it does not disappoint for those who are looking for a standard fit jacket." - Harley Davidson Reviewer

Surely if you can't go anywhere else for a leather jacket you can go to Harley-Davidson right? What's even better is that this jacket is currently on sale for $170, meaning you are getting what was once a $425 jacket for less than $200. Don't say we aren't good at looking at out. The quality isn't being sacrificed either as it's made with heavyweight lambskin leather, and boosts key features like an action back and welt chest pockets. Keep in mind that Harley jackets are ones built specifically for bikers, meaning that they are meant to withstand the harshest of weather and wind conditions. A durable leather jacket that's also stylish for under $200 is a deal that's hard to walk away from.


8. Buck Mason Bruiser Leather Moto Jacket

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Buck Mason
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Semi-vegetable tanned lambskin leather
  • Key features: Zip pockets at the hip and chest, zippered sleeve gussets, asymmetrical zipper front
  • What reviewers say: "Out of the box awesome, minimalist take on a classic.Waited MONTHS for this bad boy to come back in stock in my size and ordered it the moment I got the email notification." - Buck Mason Reviewer

There's plenty to love about Buck Mason's Bruiser Leather Moto Jacket from the impeccable quality thanks to its semi-vegetable tanned lambskin leather crafting, to it's cutting-edge asymmetrical zipper front and zippered sleeve gussets. The feel of the jacket is rich, soft, and comfortable, and is boosted by a full-lining that further adds to its overall quality and coziness. Buck Mason claims this is a jacket that get's better with time and wear, which seems to be true thanks to the reviews. Best of all, the piece is reasonably priced at $598, making it one of the more affordable options on this list.


9. COACH Outlet Leather Moto Jacket

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Coach Outlet
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black
  • Material: 100% Lamb leather
  • Key features: Cotton hood, zip closure, zip pockets
  • What reviewers say: "This jacket is amazing. I was so happy when I received the jacket. The fit is perfect, I've received so many compliments. Ladies want to know wear I got it from. I have shopped at COACH for years." - COACH Reviewer

COACH Outlet offers a luxury leather jacket worth $1,298 for what could be considered a non-luxury price of $649, and based on the reviews, the spend is worth it. The COACH Outlet Leather Moto Jacket features a cotton hold that you can use as an acting umbrella on rainy days, a standard zip closure that's asymmetrical in it's design, and zip pockets you can use for your smaller essentials. Lamb leather is at the center of the jackets construction, with a lining of polyester and viscose that will help keep you warm on cool and cold days. The textured sleek appearance ages nicely, and the comfort of the jacket is top tier. Not seeing how you can go wrong here.


10. Michael Kors Leather Racer Jacket

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Michael Kors
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Black
  • Material: 100% Lamb leather
  • Key features: Racer style, zip fastening
  • What reviewers say: "I love the jacket and it's fit. Very soft leather. Happy and yes I would recommend!!!" - Soul Train Darryl, Michael Kors Reviewer

Complimented by clean sleek lines and made with 100% lamb leather, this Michael Kors Leather Racer Jacket is brilliantly crafted and visually stunning with its sleek almost glossy appearance. While it's tapered to suit your shoulders and waist, the jacket still offers the looseness that's frequently associated with leather jackets. There's two pockets (one on each side of the jacket) to hold small items like keys and keychains, and the comfort element is a component that can get checked off as the jacket is supremely comfortable. All of this for under $400 is a great buy in our opinion. Plus, it's Michael Kors.


11. AllSaints Cora Leather Jacket

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  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Chai Brown, Jet Black
  • Material: 100% Cow leather
  • Key features: Slim-fit, recycled polyester lining, snap back collar, shoulder panel detailing
  • What reviewers say: "As others have said, this jacket runs very small, but fits very well once you find the right size. I typically wear a large, but had to order XXL.The leather is premium and soft to the touch. Inner pockets are adequately size for my giant phone. The zippered sleeves allow for a custom fit. All-in-all, a wonderful piece that I’ll enjoy for years. - Nordstrom Reviewer

A leather jacket that possesses a slightly 1950s/1960s vintage feel to due to its styling, the AllSaints Cora Leather Jacket features a slim-fit, recycled polyester lining that gives it bonus points for sustainability, a snap back collar, and shoulder panel detailing amongst other fine details, this is another leather jacket that ages well as users have noted that you can get multiple years out of it without visible wear. Two different colors accompany the jacket, and there are two inner pockets to stash valuables needed for you to make it through your day. The cool thing about this jacket is that it can be dressed up and down depending on where you're going, giving it great layering potential.


12. Billy Reid Blake Jacket

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Billy Reid
  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Color: Black, Saddle
  • Material: 100% Lambskin leather
  • Key features: Signature pelican lining, heirloom ribbon stripe branded zipper pulls
  • What reviewers say: " love leather jackets, I probably have 10+. The quality, look, feel is great for the price point. I am 190lbs, 6'1" and bought an XL, with a size 36" waist. It looks and fits great. It isn't super snug on me like a motorcycle jacket, but I didn't want it for that. I can wear a hoody underneath still and it looks super cool. Probably the only motorcycle jacket a normal middle age guy can wear without looking like they are trying too hard. I can wear to work, to grocery store, with jeans or even track" - Adam, Billy Reid Reviewer

Striking the perfect balance between fashionable and functional is this Billy Reid Blake Jacket which is a jacket that gets better and better over time. A fan-favorite amongst Billy Reid lovers, the jacket is cut with lambskin leather, and features attentive detailing in the form of signature pelican lining, heirloom ribbon stripe and branded zipper pulls amongst other cool features. As it was originally made to be a riding jacket, the hardware is tough and the jacket itself might require some breaking in, but once its experienced a little bit of wear it will be all good to go.


13. Ralph Lauren Lambskin Leather

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Ralph Lauren
  • Sizes: XS - XXL
  • Color: Polo Black, Bison Brown
  • Material: 100% Lambskin leather
  • Key features: Two front waist angled pockets, adjustable buttoned tabs, point collar, buttoned throat latch
  • What reviewers say: "So, I love the product. I have both the black and brown. Let me just say that I absolutely loved the way the brown leather was packaged upon delivery. The black leather jacket was acquired from macys 42nd st NYC. The black one was just as good. Only thing I'll say is that it was their last one in stock and after having worn it a few times the button seemed to be loosened a bit. Nothing a tailor can't fix but it just tells me that the buttons may not have been as secure due to the possible wearing from previous customers. Outside of this I'll also say that I'd still buy this product again.. the jackets really are quality. Love it love it." - Ralph Lauren Reviewer

It's always a great option to go with Ralph Lauren, as they are one of the best menswear brands in the game. The Lambskin Leather Jacket is an accurate reflection of their name as it is made with lambskin leather, and offers a great silhouette. While the jacket is tailored, it's still comfortable enough to allow for free-flowing movements that aren't restricted, and comes with helpful features like the adjustable button tabs that are located at the back waist. The jacket also features a point collar, a buttoned throat latch, and two front waist angled pockets amongst other standout details. With Ralph Lauren you know you're getting a quality investment, and the comfort is phenomenal in addition to the style.


14. Andrew Marc Wollman Leather Jacket

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  • Sizes: S - XXL
  • Color: Black, Hickory
  • Material: 100% Leather
  • Key features: Spread collar, lined, 29" length
  • What reviewers say: "Arrived faster than anticipated. Soft, quality leather and great fit!" - Nordstrom Reviewer

The Wollman Leather Jacket by Andrew Marc is another budget leather jacket that will get you some quality wear. Filled with warmth and the ability to leather, versatility is one of the biggest plus points of this jacket along with its quality. The length of the jacket measures at 29 inches, and there's a spread collar built in to add to the overall styling. While some may argue that the jacket could use more pockets, we counter argue that this the type of jacket that from a visual standpoint looks better without them, and that another accessory can be used to carry your essentials instead. Regardless, this is a high-quality and comfortable leather jacket that's under $300.


15. Nudie Jeans Eddy Rider Leather Jacket

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Nudie Jeans
  • Sizes: XS - L
  • Color: Black
  • Material: 100% Vegetable-tanned buffalo leather
  • Key features: Recycled polyester lining, silver metal trims, regular fit
  • What reviewers say: "Super cool jacket!" - Nils, Nudie Jeans Reviewer

Crafted in a luxurious vegetable-tanned buffalo leather with a recycled polyester lining for extra measure, the Eddy Rider Leather Jacket is one that standouts in a crowd thanks to its soft appearance and equally soft feel. Silver metal trims make the hardware tough, along with a point collar that gives it a retro 70s vibe, and zipped side pockets for your mini-sized belongings. With the Eddy Rider you get quality, under $1,000 affordability, and most important, a comfortable and flexible wear. All signs point to this being another leather jacket that won't be peeling a year from now, making this is a solid recommendation for the season.


16. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Leather Jacket

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Nordstrom Rack
  • Sizes: S - XL
  • Color: Black
  • Material: 100% Leather
  • Key features: Chest and front zip pockets, point collar, front zip closure, snap-flap coin pocket
  • What reviewers say: "Real leather. Great construction and true to size." - Nordstrom Rack Reviewer

If you want a leather jacket with second-to-none quality that looks and feels great, who better than Karl Lagerfeld? The Paris Leather Jacket is meticulously cut and crafted with professional leather, boosts features like roomy chest and front zip pockets for storage, a snap-flap coin pocket, the standard front zip closure, and a point collar. Elegantly smooth and equally comfortable, the jacket smells luxurious (if you can't tell we like the smell of leather), looks beautiful, and is about as comfortable as a leather jacket can be. Factor in the $239.97 price point, and this is the perfect pick up in our estimation.


How we chose the best leather jackets for men:

Our selection of leather jackets came from countless hours of research and vetting thousands of user reviews. Reviews from those who own the jackets were the most important element of our research as we specifically wanted to include reviews where the customers had months/years of experience with the jacket. Seeing as though quality leather jackets are an investment worth hundreds of dollars (sometimes more), it was critical that the jackets have great aging ability as we don't want your purchase to go down the drain after only a few months/years.

Why trust ONE37pm

ONE37pm has been writing about fashion since our inception in 2018. That means we have over five years of experience with testing, reviewing, and recommending products. If we haven't conducted editor testing of a product, we spend hours researching and reading through reviews to ensure customers' experience reflect the quality of any recommendation. No product roundup hits our site without hours of extensive research.

FAQs about leather jackets

Here are some frequently asked questions about leather jackets.

Are leather jackets warm?

While we wouldn't recommend leather jackets for freezing or super cold days, they can work for chilly weather if they have liner that's made with fool, fleece, or flannel. That's why the most common time to wear leather jackets is in the fall and early spring as those are the seasons when the weather is cool but not super cold or super hot. Leather is surprisingly insulated, so you can take them into fairly cold conditions.

How do I clean my leather jacket?

Just about every real leather jacket (including all of the ones we listed here) is going to require you to take it a professional cleaner as it can get ruined if you try to throw it in the washer and dryer. There are some homemade solutions you can make with products like toothpaste and baking soda for example, but even that is only good for a wipe down and doesn't thoroughly clean the jacket inside and out. You'll need to schedule visits to the cleaners if you want to invest in a leather jacket.

What do I wear with a leather jacket?

You can pair a leather jacket with jeans, chinos, certain dress pants, turtlenecks, t-shirts, and more. Leather jackets are pretty versatile in that they can work with a lot in your wardrobe.

How should a leather jacket fit?

A leather jacket should be slim/regular fit that complements the shoulders and torso, while not being too tight or snug as you don't want your movements restricted. Most leather jackets are only made with leather, meaning that they don't have spandex or elastane for stretch. Therefore the jacket needs to be slightly loose to not cause discomfort.

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