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      Do You Think Leather Jackets Are Cool?

      July 13, 2012
      From the column 'Question of the Day'

      It's so hot, the only reason you should be wearing a leather jacket right now is if you're the Fonz, your lover is a "cub," or you refer to your motorcycle as a hog without getting laughed at or punched in the nose. Now that tween pop idols have stolen tricked-out leather jackets from the punks, are they signifiers of "cool" anymore? 

      VICE: Do you think leather jackets are cool?
      Zoey (left): Yes, totally. Especially with studs because they're kind of gangster, but it's still...
      Sophia (right): Fashionable?
      Zoey: Yes, fashionable. I think in high fashion, leather jackets look cool because it's high quality. The leather is edgy.

      Where are all you from?
      Zoey and Sophia:
      Berlin.

      Ellis: Uh, yes. 
      Nathan: Quoi? 
      Ellis: Vestes en cuir. Sont-ils a la mode?
      Nathan: Oui. 
      Ellis: Yes, oui. 

      Why are they fashionable?
      Ellis: Because I think it's a little bit vintage, but also a little chic, but also a little rough-looking.
      Nathan: Oui, j'ai une veste. 
      Ellis: He has one. 

      I met some girls on the other side of the park from Berlin, and they also like leather jackets for similar reasons. Are they popular in Europe? 
      Ellis: Popular? Yes. We all like them. 
      Nathan: Oui.

      J'ai compris. 

      Josh (left): On certain people, sure.

      What kind of people?
      Not me.

      Especially not today, it's too hot.
      Correct.

      You could wear a light one.
      Marshall (right):
      I don't think they're good at all for the summer. I think they're definitely designated to fall, winter, and spring. And, I mean, the close fit is always going to be in style, but the baggy look... yuck!

      What are the best colors for a leather jacket?
      Black jackets in general are going out of style and fading away. Brown is coming back.

      Josh: And I just remembered that I have a very motorcycle-style leather jacket that I sometimes wear, so... Oops. It's brown. 

      Emily: I do. I have one. I like it. 
      Jeff: Yes, absolutely. Not today, but...
      Emily: He has a really cool one.

      Why do you guys think they're still in style?
      Emily: I think they'll always be in style. It's a look, you know. It's tough, it's New York. 

      Chris: Yeah, I love leather jackets. Black ones are usually my favorite—with studs. Especially biker jackets. I like when they're more loose and not so tight and fit. I like a good studded leather jacket on some people, usually not on me, though. I try to make it more subtle when I wear one. 

      John: Yeah. 

      Do you have any?
      No, I don't. 

      You just think they're cool?
      Yeah. I'm from Miami, we don't really ever need them there. But I just moved here. I should get one, right?

      Right. 

      Michelle (left): It depends, not now. 

      Kathleen (center): I like sweater jackets more. 

      Caroline (right): I think people can work them.

      Michelle: I like leather jackets.

      Is there a certain style of leather jacket that's better than another?
      Michelle: I personally like leather jackets that are form-fitting, so no bagginess for me.

      Caroline: I like the short ones.

      Kathleen: Definitely.

      Michelle: Kind of short, but fit. You know? Not like they're from the 80s, like a big motorcycle driving leather daddy. 

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      Topics: Question of the Day, leather jackets, Berlin, Miami, french

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