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the ultimate guide to leather jackets

marlon brando, eat your heart out.

Yesterday morning I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology's new exhibit Beyond Rebellion, an in-depth look at the history of the leather jacket. As much of an everyday item today as a pair of jeans or Chuck Taylors, the leather jacket's rise to fame was an interesting and subversive one.

In America, the original motorcycle jacket was manufactured for men by Schott in 1928 (they also started producing ones for women in the '30s), and became famous when Marlon Brando wore one in the film The Wild Ones. Then came the rise of motorcycle gangs, punk rock, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, and--boom!--the leather jacket was as ubiquitous as a white T-shirt. Fast forward to 2014 when brands like Acne, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Comme des Garcons have all created masterful interpretations of the iconic piece. 

So in honor of the coolest jacket around, here's the NYLON guide to finding your perfect moto match. Because a Brando-esque Schott Perfecto and a Chung-style jacket are two takes on the trend you need to try.  

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Agyness Deyn

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

BCBG Max Azria Fringe Leather Jacket with Blue Trim -- $519

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Marlon Brando in

The Wild One

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Schott Perfecto Moto Jacket -- $500

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Adele Exarchopoulos

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Guess Zip Leather Jacket -- $348

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: '50s Biker Girls

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Acne Rita Leather Jacket -- $1,150

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Alexa Chung

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Elizabeth and James Erwan Leather Jacket -- $995

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Lou Doillon

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

All Saints Oakes Shearling Coat -- $1,815

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Mick Jagger

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Muubaa Patent Leather Biker Jacket -- $752.76

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Charlotte Casiraghi

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Armani Exchange Asymmetrical Zip Leather Jacket -- $448

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: The Ramones

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

BLK DNM Leather Jacket 8 -- $1,248

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Poppy Delevingne

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Just Female Convertible Leather Jacket -- $385

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Bianca Jagger

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Tory Burch Erica Jacket -- $1,295

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Sienna Miller

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Burberry Brit Studded Leather Biker Jacket -- $4,775

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Joan Smalls

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Needle & Thread Legacy Leather Jacket -- $564.57

IF YOUR STYLE ICON IS: Alice Dellal

YOUR LEATHER JACKET SHOULD BE:

Gucci Studded Leather Biker Jacket -- $5,650