On Trend: Upcycled Biker Jackets

The leather biker jacket is a key wardrobe piece for spring and summer. Get the look, the ethical way, by choosing one made from upcycled leather.

One of the definite key wardrobe pieces this spring and summer is the leather biker jacket. It’s a beloved classic that will never go out of style and goes with anything from sweet floral dresses to tough distressed denim. This versatility makes it a great investment piece that will last you a very long time. Although leather is ethically questionable, it is also highly durable and, let’s face it, looks great. Luckily, there is a way to get this look without having to put your ethics aside – by choosing a jacket made from upcycled scrap leather. Here are four great-looking options for upcycled leather biker jackets.

Byron Retro Biker Jacket by The Sway
This cropped biker jacket by NYC-based The Sway comes in black as well as a rich tobacco color that gives it a great vintage feel. Ethically made from upcycled leather factory scraps.
$460, The Sway

Olga Road The Cypress C24 Jacket
Olga Road’s leather jackets start life as trench coats. After being sorted and examined to identify unique qualities, the designers incorporate design elements of the original piece into the new, upcycled version in creative ways. This one comes in black as well as navy and is a great classic pick that will go with whatever you decide to pair it with.
$197, Olga Road

Olga Road The Cypress C28 Jacket
If plain black is too, well, plain for you, opt for bright red, like this one by Olga Road. In addition to a great red-orange color, it features unique vertical piecework on the front, back and arms and has a nice heavy weight. Upcycled from old leather trench coats, it has inviting creases from the old leather and some slight dye irregularities that give it an offbeat yet mature personality.
$197, Olga Road

The Sway Momo Biker Jacket
Made by The Sway from upcycled factory leather scraps, this cropped version of the classic biker jacket features great patchwork detailing that sets it apart from the rest. Not only does it look good, but it ensures that even the smallest leather scrap can be put to use. Dress it up with killer heels and tuxedo pants or make it more casual with jeans and a plain white tee.
$690, The Sway

Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.