I want to get some thoughts from the community here regarding the perception of and attitude towards leather jackets in the olden days vs now. Now: leather jackets seems to pretty much fall in two three mental buckets in the average person's eye, "leather jacket", "bomber leather jacket", and "moto jacket" (maybe in the 90s there was those long, knee length belted coat but not sure who wears those anymore). "leather jacket" refers to any straight zip brown or black jackets of any design, bomber is anything with elastic, and moto is black cross zip, shiny hardware and "studs" (i.s. snaps). The perceived versatility/occasion-appropriateness of these jackets nowadays is very broad, sometimes you can even attend a business meeting donning a leather jacket, provided it is conservative enough. The historical social/utility of these designs no longer matter, it's just leather jacket. However, in the 30s to 50s, when it comes to shop for or putting on a leather jacket, I wonder if the person would be a lot more conscious of his image and the appropriateness of the style? A "white collar" gentleman would likely consciously avoid buying a mandarin collar avaitor (like the Lewis MK), or a "police" cross zip (like that japanese man with his two kids in the historical photo), because at the time, these styles are made for motor sports or a profession? So the high street shops would pretty much just offer straight zip civilian/halfbelts to the public? and for the "sports"/functional styles, you'd have to go to a specialty place? Of course, cross zip does not exclusively mean police or motorsport, we have the bootleggers worn by civilians too, because after all, the lapelled leather garment was a simulation of the suit, sport jacket and great coat etc and in reverse, the cross zip motorcycle jacket borrowed from the lapel design that had existed for hundreds of years prior. But, the point remains, that if the visual cues suggest too strongly of a specialized use, I wonder if the person outside of that use would be much more conscious about it and avoid wearing it because his co-worker would say "are you going to the racing track/where's your plane?". Thank you!!