The Rise Of The Leather Jacket Came From This Decades-Old Film Reference

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Similar to the classic trench coat, the leather jacket is such an enduring outerwear style. Ahead, read up on the evolution of leather jackets, which quickly evolved from utilitarian to an aesthetic reflection of the times.

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Early 1900s

In 1928, Irving Schott made the first leather moto jacket. It retailed for $5.50 at a Long Island Harley Davidson distributor. Before that, leather jackets were limited to the aviation style, which only began to phase out of fashion at the onset of World War II.Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images