Shearling (sheepskin) has been used throughout history and is still sought after today.
Once thought of as a market stall item, the shearling jacket has moved up the fashion ladder and is now seen as a luxury.
In the 1940s American pilots took to the skies in shearling lined B-3 sheepskin bomber jackets while the RAF opted for a similar style called the Irvin. We still see these styles referenced today in casual sheepskin bomber jackets.
Took a dive in the 1980s & 90s
During the 1980’s the sheepskin jacket was seen as the trade-mark of market traders and dodgy ‘wheeler dealer’s’, perfectly portrayed by Del boy in TV favourite ‘Only Fools and Horses’.
In the 90s and early 2000’s we saw faux shearling popping up on the high street with Ugg boots and cheap jackets.
Luxury and New Shearling
Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve seen a new lease of life for shearling with a range of collections including flying jackets, duffle coats, trench coats. All easy and comfortable styles to add to your winter wardrobe.
As they are leather, sheepskin jackets offer outstanding warmth. Wind proof and with the shearling lining giving an extra layer, they will keep you warm even during the worst winters. They are also waterproof, meaning you can keep dry as well as warm.
A shearling jacket may be at the pricier end for a jacket, but it will last you a lifetime if you take care of it.
And don’t forget they look so good that you will definitely get some compliments.
Contact us now to discuss your own shearling jacket