Photography by Mr Neil Gavin. Styling by Ms Tanja Martin
Words by Mr Stephen Doig

"Long hair minimizes the need for barbers; socks can be done without; one leather jacket solves the coat problem for many years". Such was the style advice of one Mr Albert Einstein. We admit, the physicist and byword for brainpower is not the first figure that springs to mind when conjuring up thoughts of those who famously wore the black leather jacket with élan. Mr Marlon Brando, in 1953's The Wild One, made it an iconic, masculine and stylish piece, with Beat poets Mr Allen Ginsberg and Mr Jack Kerouac swift on his case and further references to it in the 1970s' British mod-rocker film Quadrophenia. But aside from its reputation as the rebellious, brooding choice for the archetypal bad boy, Mr Einstein - who wore his favourite black leather number to a lecture at Princeton University in 1938 - had a point. A leather jacket is an intelligent alternative to a coat: it's an easy cover up for when cool summer breezes turn brisk and it will stay the course for years, looking better as it ages and wears.

And then there's the leather jacket's versatility and range; from sporty, preppy bomber jackets (sported by the US military in the 1940s when technology made planes fly at higher altitudes, ergo demanding a jacket that was warm but warranted movement), to classic, heritage jackets that take their cue from sporting and shooting wardrobes, there's nowhere that a leather jacket is out of place. As Mr Einstein was aware, it's a no-brainer.

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