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how to know if a leather jacket isgood quality

Before you invest in a leather jacket, it's worth learning how to distinguish between a high-quality piece and a cheap imitation. The differences may not be obvious at a glance, but you will notice them before long. A well-crafted leather jacket not only elevates your style but also stands the test of time.

Without further ado, let’s explore the key indicators that can help you to identify a genuinely high-quality leather jacket.

Feel the leather

The first step in assessing the quality of a leather jacket is to feel the leather itself – take note of the leather's thickness, pliability, and weight. High-quality leather tends to be thicker, offering durability and protection against the elements. Genuine leather should feel smooth and supple beneath your fingers and should also be pliable, flexing easily without cracking or creasing excessively.

Weight is another crucial factor. Genuine leather has a certain heft to it, so a good leather jacket should feel weighty and durable. Cheap imitations often feel lighter and lack the substantial feel that comes with quality leather.

Stitching and lining

When identifying a quality leather jacket, the devil is in the details. Inspect the stitching and lining of the jacket for telltale signs of craftmanship. Quality leather jackets are meticulously stitched with precision. Check for any loose threads, uneven stitching, or signs of fraying. Pay special attention to the seams – quality jackets have durable or reinforced stitching at stress points, ensuring longevity.

The lining is equally important. A quality leather jacket will have smooth, well-attached lining that enhances comfort. In contrast, poor-quality leather jackets may have loose or flimsy lining that can affect both the look and durability of the garment.

Brand reputation

A reputable brand speaks volumes about the jackets quality. Well-established brands often invest in quality materials and craftmanship to maintain their reputation. Before you buy a leather jacket, research the brand, read customer reviews, and check what accolades they have received. A brand with a long-standing commitment to producing quality leather goods (like Aero Leathers) is more likely to deliver a jacket that meets your expectations.


With leather jackets, you get what you pay for. While price isn’t always a definitive factor, it can provide valuable insights. Quality leather comes at a cost, as the raw materials and craftmanship involved demand a higher price point. Be wary of excessively low prices, as they may indicate the use of subpar materials and short cuts in production – in other words, if the price seems to good to be true, it probably is! 

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Assessing the quality of a leather jacket involves a combination of sensory perceptions and observations, attention to detail, and a nod to brand reputation. By considering all of the above factors, you can confidently navigate the world of leather jackets and choose a piece that will accompany you on your style journey for years to come.

Here at Aero Leathers, we use only the finest quality full-grain leather which is then handcrafted by our skilled artisans to create the perfect leather jacket for you. We’re passionate about quality, and will never cut corners. When you buy a leather jacket from Aero, you can always be sure that you’re getting a premium quality leather jacket that will last you a lifetime. Browse our wide range of quality leather jackets below.

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