The Jacket Maker stands out as a premier online destination for those seeking bespoke leather jackets that combine style, quality, and uniqueness. Founded in 2015 by Imran and Zain Anwar, this innovative platform has redefined the way people perceive and procure outerwear. In this comprehensive blog post, we will delve into my personal experience with The Jacket Maker, exploring its extensive selection, quality, pricing, my personal opinion, and the ordering process.
Inspiration and Style Evolution
As a Chicago resident, I've encountered various weather conditions, changed careers, and adapted to different styles over the years. Through these experiences, my perspective on outerwear has evolved. As many custom suits as I have in my wardrobe, interestingly enough, my custom outerwear is quite limited. The Jacket Maker is actually one of the few custom men’s outwear companies that I have even come across since starting Dapper Professional. The ability to add the “made-to-measure” option for only $50 to any jacket is impressive.
This is a sponsored review in collaboration with The Jacket Maker, however just like all of my reviews this is my honest experience written up for you!
Style Preferences and The Jacket Maker's Selection
My personal style can be described as versatile and adaptable, but always rooted in professional attire. The Jacket Maker's selection catered perfectly to my style preferences because of the wide range of selection, quality and the customizable option. Regardless of one's personal style, The Jacket Maker offers a wide range of jacket styles, from leather biker jackets to bombers, peacoats, and more, ensuring that every individual can find an outerwear piece that resonates with their style.
For me, this is a benefit to a company like The Jacket Maker, but if you’re not sure where to start I could see it being a bit overwhelming. I would recommend conducting some of your own research first on the style of jacket that you’re interested in or at the very least when you come to their website you should have an idea of the type of jacket that you think will be best for you.
Jacket Selection Process
When selecting my jackets, I carefully considered their versatility, durability, and suitability for various occasions and weather conditions. This thoughtful approach led me to choose one leather jacket and one wool jacket. The leather jacket, a timeless black piece, is designed to be a versatile, all-weather companion. On the other hand, the navy blue wool double-breasted coat was selected for its unique color and style, making it stand out while maintaining functionality.
Pricing and Value
The pricing strategy of The Jacket Maker impressed me, as it struck a balance between quality and affordability. I felt that the leather jacket, priced at $330, was an excellent deal given its high-quality materials and craftsmanship.
The $295 price tag for the wool jacket was also considered reasonable, although I noted it contained synthetic wool. Nevertheless, the overall craftsmanship justified the cost.
Both jackets I have added the “made-to-measure” option for only $50 more. In my opinion, this is a huge advantage of working with a company like The Jacket Maker. It really sets the value apart from the competition.
How The Jackets Fit
To ensure the perfect fit, The Jacket Maker provides comprehensive measurement guidelines. This attention to detail guarantees that the jacket not only looks great but also feels comfortable.
At first, we wanted to try out how the standard sizing fit, so I went with the Extra Large jackets to have some room for layering. Upon receiving the jackets, focusing just on fit, they were a bit big for my preference. The nice part about their sizing is it feel like they were in between regular and slim. So if you’re going to go the standard size route, I would advise ordering the jacket size you typically wear and expect the fit to be solid.
With the issue on the standard XL being too big, instead of stepping down to a large, we opted for the $50 more custom route, which I would recommend. Their measurement guidelines are easy to follow and for jackets there is a bit more margin for error vs. doing your own measurements for a suit.
Overall the custom fit on both of these jackets was good. The shoulder of the jacket was spot on and same with the sleeve length. Those are typically the most challenging areas of standard sized items. Additionally, the room under the arms was exactly what I was hoping for! The issue that I typically have with ‘slim fit’ jackets is that they make the sleeve openings really narrow so if you’re wearing a blazer or sweater under the jacket it starts to get really right under your arms. Thankfully, this was not the case at all with The Jacket Maker jackets.
There was a bit of opportunity for improvement with both jackets. The leather jacket was a bit tight in the waist area and I could have used a bit of breathing room. The double breasted jacket was the opposite, where it was a bit large in the waist area, but it’s a great jacket to be able to layer.
The Unboxing Experience
Upon receiving my jackets, I was impressed with the packaging. While it wasn't overly extravagant, it was designed to protect the jackets during shipping. They were securely wrapped, ensuring they arrived in pristine condition. I recommend letting the jackets hang for a day or so to let out some of the wrinkles.
They ship using DHL which seems to be a step above the competition when it comes to shipping to and from international locations. Their emails notifications were very accurate making it easy to following along the delivery timeline.
Details about my jacket selection and overall styling
Claud Blue Wool Double-Breasted Coat
For my outerwear needs that speak more to the BOLD, I chose the Claud Blue Wool Double-Breasted Coat. This exquisite piece blends sophistication and style seamlessly. It's not just a coat; it's a statement. Here are some key details
Material: Crafted from high-quality wool-blend, this coat ensures warmth and comfort while keeping you stylish. I typically prefer a pure wool fabric vs. a wool blend, but for the price that they offer this jacket at it’s reasonable to have a blended wool.
Color: The rich navy blue hue, slightly lighter than traditional navy, adds a touch of uniqueness to your outerwear collection.
Style: The double-breasted design exudes timeless elegance, making it suitable for both casual and dressy occasions.
Length: With a knee-length cut, this coat strikes the perfect balance between coverage and style, accommodating a suit jacket or an untucked button-down effortlessly.
Styling Tips for Claud Blue Wool Double-Breasted Coat:
Formal Elegance: Pair the Claud Blue Wool Double-Breasted Coat with tailored trousers, a crisp white shirt, and oxfords for a sophisticated and formal look perfect for business meetings or upscale events. I’d recommend a navy suit as well since it will help blend in with the colors of the jacket compared to wearing a light gray suit, for example, that would create more contrast.
Casual Chic: Dress it down by wearing it over a casual turtleneck sweater, dark jeans, and leather boots. This look is ideal for a night out with friends or a relaxed dinner date.
Layering: Experiment with layering by adding a scarf or a standout sweater underneath. This not only enhances warmth but also adds a touch of personality to your ensemble.
Urban Slate Black Leather Coat
For a versatile, all-weather companion, I selected the Urban Slate Black Leather Coat. It's a classic leather jacket with a modern twist. There are quite a few options in the men's leather trench coat category. Here are some key details:
Material: Crafted from high-quality cowhide leather, this jacket boasts durability and a substantial feel.
Color: The standard black leather jacket is a versatile choice, complementing practically any outfit. Black and leather just work for nearly any outfit.
Style: Its classic design is suitable for various occasions and can withstand most weather conditions. I would pair this with any office attire and also just a t shirt and jeans. I probably wouldn’t wear it with a suit or for a more formal event.
Length: The jacket falls slightly above the knee, providing a versatile fit for both a suit jacket or an untucked button-down.
Styling Tips for Urban Slate Black Leather Coat:
Effortlessly: Channel your inner rockstar by pairing the Urban Slate Black Leather Coat with a tee, jeans, and black boots. I personally like this look just because it’s effortless, especially in the fall and early winter.
Business Casual: Elevate your business casual game by wearing it over a dress shirt, slacks, and loafers. This combination balances professionalism with a hint of edge. For business attire I would typically wear this with black slacks and definitely black dress shoes. It just helps connect all the pieces.
Layering Essential: This jacket is a layering essential. Team it with a chunky sweater or a hoodie during colder months to stay warm while keeping your style on point. This is the perfect out-and-about jacket!
In the world of personalized fashion, The Jacket Maker has carved a niche for itself by delivering custom-made leather jackets that excel in style, quality, and individuality. The extensive selection, unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, thoughtful pricing strategy, and customer-centric approach have earned it a reputation as a go-to destination for those seeking distinctive leather outerwear.
The combination of style, quality, and the personal touch of customization makes The Jacket Maker a standout choice for anyone seeking a statement piece that truly reflects their unique personality and lifestyle.
With every wear, these jackets not only keep me warm but also elevate my style, making a lasting impression wherever I go. Whether it's the sophisticated Claud Blue Wool Double-Breasted Coat or the versatile Urban Slate Black Leather Coat, The Jacket Maker has transformed the outerwear experience.