Here we count down ten of the most expensive leather jackets in the world. The list includes jackets made from ten different designers and – except for one – all are available online or in boutiques around the world.
Headquartered in London, Burberry is a British luxury fashion brand founded by Thomas Burberry in 1856. It’s one of the oldest fashion brands in the world – and also one of the most popular.
The Burberry Shearling Pea Coat is one of the most expensive items of outerwear offered by the British fashion house. This black jacket features a double-breasted design made of lamb shearling, a calf-leather outer, a shawl collar, a throat latch, and button-tab cuffs. The Burberry Shearling Pea Coat is available for $5,750.
The officially listed name for this garment is Saint Laurent Bomber Jacket in Vintage Black Leather Embroidered with Heaven – we suppose because a fancy product with an expensive price tag is too cool for short monikers
At $5,990, this bomber jacket comes with a removable shearling collar and ribbed cuffs and waist. It has a covered zipper, snap-button tabs at the shoulders, and four pockets overall. The highlight of the rather minimalistic design is the word HEAVEN embroidered on the lower back, with seahorse jewels outlining each letter.
Part of the Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2017 runway collection, the Dolce & Gabbana Leather Bomber Jacket with Patches reflects the tastes of the Sicilian aristocracy. It’s a bomber jacket made of lambskin with zippered welt pockets and color-contrast collar and cuffs.
Each sleeve features five giant stars. The front of the jacket includes a pair of patches and a pair of anthropomorphic leopards dressed royally and facing each other. The entire outfit is unmistakably regal. The Dolce & Gabbana Leather Bomber Jacket with Patches is priced at $6,250, though you can wait for a sale and get it at a lower price.
Made of lambskin and shearling, the Givenchy Studded Biker Jacket won’t fail you during cold weather. It has that familiar Givenchy look and features silver stud trim.
Unlike most the back panel of most biker jackets, the Givenchy Studded Biker Jacket’ back panel is free from graphics. The overall design is minimalistic, with the numerous silver studs being the only flair. Interested buyers can get the Givenchy Studded Biker Jacket at Farfetch, an online fashion shop, for $6,610.
Founded in 1946 by Pierre Balmain, Balmain is a fashion house headquartered in Paris, France. The fashion house’s collection comprises high-end clothing, including leather jackets and biker jackets.
One of their most expensive leather jackets is the Embroidered Leather Jacket, which you can buy for around $7,000. For that amount, you get a sharp dud with an asymmetric two-way front-zipper, three zippered pockets, and sleeves dripping in embroidery and multi-colored studs. Think this is over-the-top? Wait until you see the Gucci Studded Leather Biker Jacket.
Made of calfskin leather, the Enfants Riches Déprimés Studded Biker Jacket offers both durability and softness. It features a slightly off-center zip fastening with four pockets gracing the front.
The collar and shoulders are metal-studded, with conical studs adorning the collar, and pyramidal studs flocking the shoulders. The designer’s name splashes the back panel in the form of a simple black-and-white graphic.
Biker jackets don’t need to have an over-the-top design to look cool. Just check out the Mastermind Japan Biker Jacket. It’s one of the most minimalistic high-end biker jackets you’ll ever come across.
Currently available for $12,000 over at Farfetch, the Mastermind Japan Biker Jacket features an off-center zip fastening and a pair of epaulets on the shoulders. The most eye-catching aspect of the jacket is the studded skull-and-crossbones design on the back. The Mastermind Japan Biker Jacket comes with both class and attitude. And a massive price tag, too.
The Hermes Madison Quilted Lambskin Jacket is one of the most comfortable leather jackets around. It’s made of 100 percent lambskin and filled with 90-percent duck down and ten-percent duck feathers.
For those unfamiliar, duck down is the soft and fluffy layer found underneath bird feathers, usually on the chest or torso area. The Hermes Madison Quilted Lambskin Jacket comes lined with water-repellent Toilovent. It’s available for $13,200, making it one of the most expensive jackets in the world.
Never count out Gucci when it comes to the most expensive fashion items in the world. The Italian luxury fashion brand offers a number of expensive leather jackets and bomber jackets, with the “cheapest” clocking in at $1,400.
But the most expensive in the catalog is the Studded Leather Biker Jacket, priced at $18,650.
Made in Italy, the Gucci Studded Leather Biker Jacket is inspired by London’s punk rock scene, featuring a number of chains dangling on the back and splattered with metal studs. The second most expensive item in Gucci’s catalog is the Hand-painted Leather Biker Jacket, which comes with less attitude and retails for $15,500.
1. Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket
Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket is the most expensive in history. It was sold to Milton Verret for $1.8 million at Julien’s Auctions, a California-based auction house specializing in items owned by celebrities, in 2011. Unlike all the other items on this list, this million-dollar jacket is off the market.
Michael Jackson first donned the iconic red jacket in his “Thriller” music video in 1983. Designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis was the wife of the music video’s director, John Landis. She also designed the jacket worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Following the release of the “Thriller” music video, the red jacket quickly became one of the most emulated fashion trends in the 1980s. Naturally, scammers took advantage, producing counterfeit jackets and selling them at exorbitant prices to unwitting buyers.