You don’t need to sell us on the utterly transformative abilities of a great leather jacket—the hero item will always maintain a top spot in our wardrobes on account of going with just about any outfit, anywhere, anytime. But tack on a charitable element and one-of-a-kind hook, and you bet we’ll make a case for purchasing “just one more.” (Can you ever really have too much amazing outerwear?) Enter Barneys New York’s “The Black Leather Jacket Auction” which has us girding our wallets—the retailer has partnered with Christie’s to auction off customized jackets by top designers including Isabel Marant, Givenchy and Alexander Wang. The proceeds will benefit two NYC institutions near and dear to Barneys, The LGBT Community Center and emerging artist space White Columns. With bids starting at $1,000, scoring one of these iconic pieces will cost you a pretty penny—but if you’ve got the cash, we deem it a worthy, unique investment. See our favorites from the lust-worthy lineup.
Dries Van Noten's custom leather jacket at Barneys New York.
The leather jackets up for grabs at Barneys New York.
Alexander Wang's custom leather jacket at Barneys New York.
Leather jackets from Tim Coppens and more at Barneys New York.
Altuzarra Barneys New York Custom Leather Jacket, $1000 (starting bid)
Isabel Marant Barneys New York Custom Leather Jacket , $1700 (current bid)
Givenchy Barneys New York Custom Leather Jacket, $1800 (current bid)
Sterling Ruby Moto Jacket, $2200 (current bid)