October 29 2011
Mark C O’Flaherty
I’ve been buying clothes by the Paris-based American designer Rick Owens for years – as someone who finds grey a daring diversion from black, his colour palette is right up my street. I have a stack of his jersey T-shirts, as well as several jackets, and over the summer I bought yet another new jacket – but, after some deliberation, I returned it (you can have enough black blazers). In part exchange, I acquired my first ever Owens leather: the Stooges Jacket (£1,550). It was a slightly hesitant transaction – I haven’t owned a leather jacket for about 15 years and I don’t ride a bike. Nonetheless, it’s become a new favourite item in my wardrobe.
The Stooges Jacket is one of Owens’ most classic pieces – it first appeared in spring/summer 2006 and has been reissued every season, unchanged, since. Its name is a nod to Iggy Pop and CBGB-era punk rockers adopting bikers’ jackets with the rest of their torn and frayed uniform, which is totally in step with Owens’ universe. He hones and refines subculture into the most contemporary, sophisticated and directional high fashion.
The Stooges Jacket comes in black, in substantial grained performance-leather, with typically Rick Owens over-length arms, narrowed shoulders and a chunky asymmetric zip. The rear is very pleasingly tapered above the waist and the overall proportions are splendid. It feels fresh and modern without being in the slightest bit outlandish. I’ve been wearing it for months now, with basic black jeans and a pair of black leather Converse, for a casual – but not that casual – look. I really like the sense of luxury, edge and even occasion that it brings to my off-duty, more relaxed, wardrobe.