For the last two years a black leather jacket has been on my list of essentials I need to add to my wardrobe. I’ve been browsing the internet for months now from vintage sites, to eBay, to regular online men’s retailers, the the classic leather brands like Schott and I’ve found jacket that were great but they just weren’t perfect. When you plan to buy something that could potential be in your closet for the next 20 years and may cost you from $500 to $1000 it should be as close to perfect for you as possible. This black leather in the classic motorcycle silhouette by BLK DNM instantly caught my eye. It was like music to my eyes.

Here are the specifics on this great piece. Thick black textured leather. Textured or soft leathers are my preference over the shiny harder hides that need breaking in. Silver zippers and pressed studs are on point. Pressed studs are a lot less trendy than the spiked studs we see so much of now. Epaulets shoulders will never go out of style on leather jackets (can’t say the same for all other men’s garments) All the zippers are tastefully placed and accented with beaded details. The lapels are studded so they’ll stay out of the way whether your jacket is half-zipped or fully open. Finally the functional waist belt an over looked detail that some other leather makers tend to cut corners on. These specs tally up to a total of only $700, pretty reasonable price in the premium leather jacket market.

Here are some facts on the brand behind this awesome jacket. BLK DNM was founded in the Fall of 2011 by Johan Lindeburg. I’d describe BLK DNM as the go to brand for a dark, grungy, tough rocker who decides to clean up a bit. This past Spring Johan Lindeburg was honored as one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers for BLK DNM, an accolade he’s never received from any of his previous work with William Rast, Diesel and his namesake line where I first heard of him, J. Lindeburg. Here is his feature from Jake Davis “Test Shots” from what I assume is the BLK DNM flagship store in Soho. Check it out video, browse the site which focuses on online content for the core customer, whatever you don’t buy all Mediums.