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leather: a modern brooklyn love story.


a highly metaphorical look at seeking and keeping companionship this spring.

what is there to say about love in brooklyn? i had it once, i guess. i didn’t find it here but we brought it here, transplanted. into a pot that i think we didn’t realize had those little holes in the bottom and mostly just made a mess in our apartments every time we attempted to nourish it. it grew in awkward ways inside its pot, pFullSizeRender (3)roving to be hyper sensitive to the climate and the noise and the lack of fresh air and space. and so we let it die. which of course, we both denied. but it died and part of it stayed here and the other part has rooted itself back down south.


from that experience and countless a very small and selective handful of others, i know enough to know what to look for.

i know what love in brooklyn would feel like. it would feel like a loyal embrace, snug but never constricting. it would be a second skin, one you don’t recognize your own without. it would feel familiar yet slightly foreboding, it would feel alive, and real, resilient. with zippers and snaps to reassure you- you’re not going anywhere.

it would look new and worn-in, audacious and comfortable. and you’ll question how it could fit as you cautiously slip it on over your shoulders and around your chest and zip it up, tight. admitting that you may not ever take it off, and vowing care for it properly so it will age well.

and it would sound like leather jackets hitting the floor, two. just before dawn. a heavy and definite sound over muffled giggles and shuffled movements and mischievous decisions.

if i’ve learned anything, it’s easier to find the quintessential piece of your wardrobe- the leather jacket– than to find such a companion.. however because the only way to take one off is to put one on, i’ve picked out this season’s standouts to wrap you in a just warm enough embrace, to come along with you on all your adventures without hesitation, to make you just a bit tougher, just a bit more confident, and just a bit more seductive.

just make sure you know how to get out of it when a worthy accomplice comes along.


1 modern biker chic, from all saints. just for sinners- $540. find it here.

2 i just got over my fear of commitment. classic jacket from veda, $925. feels so good.

3 fringe benefits + french craftsmanship = a love supreme. from maje, $1095. invest in yours.

4 friend or faux? don’t ask questions. not exactly real leather biker jacket from zara, $69.90. it’s real if you believe in it.

5 my personal weapon of choice, from zara- in this i can’t stop schwinning. $199, get one let’s match.

proof that vegans can be tough, too. vegan leather jacket from free people, $198. it’s waiting for you.

7 the one you’ve been searching for, a classic style from madewell. $498, buy now keep always.


and you know- if all else fails, at least you look damn good when you’re saying no thanks, fuckface, run along.


brooklyn, i’m trying… to look like i have a motorcycle.


I get it, Brooklyn. You’re tough. You’re tough and on the move. Never mind where your bike is. It’s just around the corner. You’ll hear it when it starts up, trust me.

I want this. I want people to hear me coming over the williamsburg bridge. I want to smell like diesel and freedom, in equal parts, all the time. I want to have grease permanently under my nails. I want this, Brooklyn.

To look like you have a motorcycle, from my understanding, you need the following:

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