The casual shirt jacket got a premium makeover for spring. Brands have taken the classic silhouette and upgraded it with leather and suede, creating investment-quality pieces of light outerwear. While the prices reflect the quality of the materials, the garments will last for the foreseeable future, developing patinas unique to the wearer. Check out timeless designs from brands like Iron Heart, Indigofera and Ralph Lauren. A decade from now, you won’t regret the investment.
Enlist Suede Overshirt
Cut from Italian goat suede, this unlined overshirt has a slim silhouette. The design features buttoned cuffs, chest patch pockets and side slits for ease of movement.
Indigofera Eagle Rising Jacket
The heavy shirt jacket is made in Portugal from aniline-tanned horsehide. The design features two chest pockets, welt hand pockets and brass buttons. Sizes are limited and the brand only produced 30 pieces.
Jean Shop Men’s Leather Western
Made in NYC, this western-style jacket is unlined and has a slim silhouette. It has traditional front and back yokes, a snap front and two chest pockets.
Ralph Lauren Purple Label Barron Suede Shirt Jacket
This goat suede jacket is made in Italy. The unlined design features buffalo horn buttons, two front pockets and a regular fit.
Iron Heart Deerskin Snap Buttoned Shirt
Made in Japan, this shirt is cut from black Ezo (Japanese sika) deer skin. Thicker than other deer skins, this jacket remains supple and features copper snaps, an internal snap buttoned pocket, two chest pockets and a black cotton twill lining.