In the early 1900s, leather flight jackets were worn by aviators and members of the military. During the Second World War, they became known as bomber jackets and were heavily insulated and prized for their warmth. The jacket was often part of an overall uniform ensemble meant to protect bomber pilots from exposure to the extreme conditions found at high altitude and sometimes incorporated sheepskin, using the intact fleece on the inside for warmth.
In the later half of the 20th century, the leather jacket achieved iconic status and general acceptance through an inextricable link to Hollywood. Such jackets were popularized by numerous stars in the 1940s and 1950s, including Jimmy Stewart, Elvis Pressley, and alike.
This seasons selection of Leather Jacket's at Stuarts London sees the arrival of the new collection by some of the departments most sought after brand names including, Belstaff, Matchless, Schott NYC and month other premium names from the world of leather jackets.