Circa 1990 Leather Waistcoat Jacket
John Richmond is an Englishman born in Manchester, who eventually after graduating from Kingston University in the early 80s relocated to Milan producing his garments in Italy whilst still keeping some production at home in the UK and began to start working on his collections under his own name. John soon became a master of his craft known for mixing biker chic, street smarts and rock music with the classic elements of haute couture to create his own unique style. Setting himself apart from the ‘edgy’ designers at the time by keeping true to his attention to detail. The fusion of “street chic” formed a fundamental part of the label’s philosophy that is summed up in the brand’s slogan “Destroy, Disorientate, Disorder.”
Here we have a wonderful jacket from the ‘MAN’ line (1988-1992), featuring a thick leather front body with a contrasting rayon/acetate construction in the back, producing the look of a waistcoat. Furthermore, the typical waistcoat belt adjustment is made out of leather. The arms are constructed out of a cotton elastane blend to create a sporty chic feel, then attached under the front leather body to allow the waistcoat shape more prominence. Further detail includes elasticated cuff details, structured point collar and RiRi zippers throughout. A true staple piece that encapsulates the John Richmond design, culture and style of the time.