An Updated Take on the Classic Cafe Racer

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A leather jacket is one of the most serviceable and valued pieces in many men’s wardrobes. It can be iconic and, depending on the style and design, also of-the-moment, imparting a specific sense of personality and personal brand. More so than most other garments, a leather jacket becomes an extension of oneself and a deeply personal object.

From McQueen (Steve) to Elvis (Presley) to Brando (Marlin) to Jones (Indiana), the leather jacket is equal parts style marker and social calling card.

The cafe racer is considered a modern classic and its clean, straightforward DNA fits well with current heritage trends. The style’s signature design elements are quickly recognizable; stand-up collar, zippered sleeve cuffs, close fit, short body, single external zipped breast pocket, and a generally minimalist appearance. This version of the cafe racer from British label Hidepark takes the functional racing design and softens it up a bit, making their jacket more workable as an everyday concept. The lambskin body is trim but not overly fitted and side slash pockets provide a practical place for your hands on a chilly day or keys while out running a few errands.

We opted for the antiqued tan finish, which in person presents a warm and gently worn-in patina. The tan finish also allows for some stylistic flexibility, moving the jacket away from it’s racing roots and toward an everyday, casual feel. The style and finish of this jacket also means that it can easily be dressed up for business casual or when you want the cool factor of leather but need a more polished look.

The aniline lamb nappa is incredibly smooth and comfortable from the first wear. It takes bumps and scrapes of life well, adding to the distinctive and personal look and feel of the jacket. The hardware is solid and works with the jacket’s overall design, and the zippers are smooth and reliable.

We find it to be a perfect lightweight option, and at £175.00 (US $257.00), it’s an affordable piece that delivers much more quality and style than the price suggests.

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