If you’re looking for a smart casual leather jacket that won’t call too much attention to itself, this is the one. It’s a classic style that fits right in with slim black jeans and a white henley, and the material will get better and more supple with every wear. You can also wear this with a pair of Chelsea boots and some chinos for a street-inspired look that will go great with a beanie or hat.
Thursday Boot Co, a footwear brand we’ve praised for making boots as good as pairs twice as expensive, recently launched an outerwear line that uses the same premium materials and quality craftsmanship but is priced far below what you’d expect to pay from most high-end brands. The Racer jacket is the first in the lineup and carries over some of that moto inspiration with a streamlined zip design. Other styles include the Motorcycle jacket—a six-pocket classic silhouette—and a flight jacket with a removable shearling collar.
All of the jackets use Tier 1 Grade A US leather, Goodyear welt construction, and top-quality zippers. They’re crafted by the same suppliers and craftsmen used by more established menswear companies, but Thursday Boot Co. leverages lean manufacturing and a direct-to-consumer business model to keep the price tag down while maintaining a high level of quality. They’re produced in small batches, and they tend to sell out fast, but you can sign up for a waitlist and get notified when any out-of-stock styles are back in stock.