History of the leather jacket – 5 Badass Facts

History of the leather jacket – 5 Badass Facts

I’ve done a little research to bring you fun facts all about history of the leather jacket, I hope you enjoy!

The classic leather biker jacket what a staple piece to have in your wardrobe.

It’s seen as a keen badass player within the motorbike community and within musicians too.

Where it all began

Irving Scott designed the first Moto jacket for Harley Davidson named after a cigar called the ‘Perfecto,’ inspired by leather flying jackets worn by the military men back in the 1900s.

Which means the first leather jackets have been around since WW1 pretty cool huh?

The robustness of the leather jacket saw it become a staple piece with two wheelin’ lovers adopting it in various forms and adorning it with their gang patches also the asymmetric zip was designed so that it didn’t dig in as they rode their motorbike.

It also became a prime piece throughout WW2 especially with the U.S. Airforce who used them for their pilots.

The 1950s saw the rise of the leather jacket, this is where it really came into its prime as a fashion piece.

No longer were people tied to strict fashion they were able to express themselves.

Hollywood embraced this shape and films were filled with slick leather with James Dean and Marlon Brando taking on the rebel role.

The original ‘bad boy’ James Dean 

From Hollywood to rock n’ roll, from the mid 70s into the 80s punk rock became increasingly popular with bands such as The Ramones and The Clash giving their band a signature look of a bad boy vibe.

Self customisation really came into it form within this era with the punks and leather jackets were highly decorated with studs, patches, paint and even cable ties, yes that’s right!

1970’s Punks wearing their personalised leather jackets. 

This is where is hailed it almighty position and key component of music identity. 80s bands such as Guns n roses, Kiss and Motley Crue could be found donning rough and ready leather with aviators glasses.

Guns N Roses – 1980 

But it wasn’t just for men in the 80s a rise in women took to wearing the leather jackets and really became such an empowering piece and really showed the yes I can be just as much as a badass as you are.

Blondie and Joan Jett could be found being badass rocking a leather jacket

These weren’t the only babes to either Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder and Cher took to wearing leather throughout the 80s and 90s.

Even to now you can see powerful performers such as Lady Gaga rocking many versions.

Joan Jett – 1980

Drew Barrymore – 1990s 

Lady Gaga – 2019

With that said it is still a main staple piece we have in our wardrobe today with all kinds of versions available.

Just like the babes above I am striving to make you become your own unique style icon with one of my unique handmade leather jackets.

I’m bringing quality, fit, shape and style in a rebellious fun way and I want you all to be apart of that.

So if you looking to be apart of the icon crew then head over to my shop and order from my new Luxe Rebel collection today and let’s be all icons together.

5 steps to feel confident in your clothing.

5 steps to feel confident in your clothing.

I know that feeling pretty well your looking through your wardrobe and that feeling of guilt and shame comes across you like a wave every single day, that there is nothing in there that you like or want to wear or it doesn’t even represent who you are anymore.

I have been there myself and I think now is a perfect time more than ever to really tap into who you want to be and how you want to dress and I’m not talking about how you want to dress so other people think you look good.

It’s not about that at all, you’ve got to feel happy within yourself first before you can put that outer layer on to make you feel even more badass.

I know you’re probably sat there think well yeah it’s easier said than done but it really is.

Im on a mission with Born to Thread to spread this message even more so grab a cuppa and read my 5 steps to feel confident in clothing below.

Step 1.

Start with your mindset really tap into how you want to feel and say that to yourself multiple times a day, even write it down. Man even right it in red lipstick on the mirror so you see it every morning when you get up. You need to be saying nice things to yourself everyday if you want to start loving yourself.

I’m not kidding, the more you do this the more you can open up and real embrace who you want to be and feel more confident in your clothing. 

Step 2.

Start journaling your feelings down the more you get this out of head and down onto paper the more it frees up space. Start sketching ideas of outfits or a capsule wardrobe really home into a style you love.

Or if your not into sketching Pinterest ( if you’re not already on it ) can be amazing for this because it helps give you some inspiration and you can pin to boards to get a real sense of style through them.

From this you can then create a vision board the more creative you can be and see it visually everyday the more you are going to feel empowered to be that confident version of your self.

Step 3.

De-clutter! Yep get rid of those outfits that are no longer serving you, get some organisation in your life. Go Marie Kondo on yo ass! Head to Netflix if you’ve not watch her yet! Apparently charity shops had a surge of people donating in 2019 after watching the series.

I am so guilty for hoarding and holding onto outfits that maybe I’ll wear again or maybe I’ll fit into again but do we really ever?

Nop that my friends is what’s called a lack mindset and is what’s holding you back from being your true self and moving forwards.

Now go declutter!

Step 4.

Now that we have done all the steps above and by no means I know its not an overnight change but if you really want it – you will make it happen.

I know this because it has taken me a hella time to become really comfortable in my own skin and really feel confident in my clothing. Yes even me who can make clothes.

It’s still an ongoing change because we constantly evolve as humans and you’ve got to not be scared to do so.

Reprogram those old beliefs, step out of your comfort zone.

Step 5.

The killer outfit

Do you know why this is called the killer outfit because you have done all the ground work to make it a killer outfit, you are oozing confidence so therefore it shines out of the clothing that you are wearing.

Felling good in clothing is a big thing, I don’t care what anyone says it’s part of our identity. You’ve got to embrace your style.

I think there is so much pressure for people to fit in and look a certain way.

‘You should be wearing this’ or you should be wearing that. Oh, you’re into that music so therefore you should dress like this! I say: No not at all don’t conform.

I want you to be your boldest biggest badass self.

So thanks for stopping by my amazing Ted Talk… I want you to start actioning step 1 and really see how you start to feel after being so nice to yourself everyday for a week.

Im guessing a hella lot better.

I’d love to know how you get on, drop me an email at hello@borntothread.co.uk

Is women’s bespoke clothing poor quality

Is women’s bespoke clothing poor quality

My answer to whether women’s bespoke clothing is poorly made is – not in the slightest at all! In fact it’s the complete opposite to what people think.

Did you know when clothing is made in mass produced factories its passed through several fast production lines which mean a certain amount of garments have to be made in a particular time.

Where is the love and care in that?

There will be a machinist for the body of the garment, a machinist for the zips, a machinist for the sleeves and so on and they don’t focus on the size its just how many they can get made in a day.

This is where believe the problem can occur because with them having to get so many number of items made in a day mistakes happen = garments not fitting properly.

Have you ever been to try something on and size doesn’t fit but them you try another size and it fits… well this is because its not made by the same person and care hasn’t gone into the making of the garment.

But it plays with your mindset doesn’t it,  I defiantly has for me I’ve gone to try things on and come away feeling not very confident and  bit disheartened about the whole shopping experience.

Why should I choose bespoke clothing then?

When you choose to go bespoke not only do you get care and attention going into the item but it is also made to you exact measurements. 

That means when trying something on you come away feeling incredible and a hell of a lot more confident, I can guarantee you on that one. 

When working with me 1:1 that is exactly what my main priority is : confidence.

It’s all in mindset when it comes to clothing and I believe confidence plays a big part. I love to tap into your personality and really get you to connect with who you are.

Confidence in clothing is everything — own that shit.

This is where I can eliminate the fear of clothing being made poorly as well because not only do you get to create a rocking leather jacket or piece of clothing you get to be apart of the journey too, you get to see how its made.

This also relates to my previous blog post about 5 myths about handmade clothing

Ready to own your own piece of bespoke clothing? Drop me a message and let’s chat.

Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

Bespoke Clothing – Is It expensive

 

Bespoke Clothing

When it comes to the word bespoke or handmade it sounds expensive right?

And yes it might seem that when first enquiring but hear me out when you sit and think about how much you spend on fast fashion that doesn’t last then in the long run it actually works out a lot less in money.

Why?

  • its made to last a lifetime
  • Its made with care
  • Its made sustainably
  • Its made for you! 

I believe you have to look at it from a mindset view, when you decide to go bespoke you will probably look after the item of clothing and enjoy wearing it so much more than what you would spending on something that you just buy for the sake of buying.

When it comes to bespoke clothing its an investment piece that is made to fit you so it will not only will it make you feel incredible, it will also last a lifetime.

The biggest cost usually when comes to a handmade outfit is the fabric but I believe if you use high quality fabrics then the end result will be high quality.

So what happens in a bespoke service?

 

I love to know everything you want from an outfit from your personality to the shapes you desire and style you are going for, I can then take that information and see what would work out best for you.

I work with sketches and fabric samples of your choice as a starting point to create your unique garment.

Working one to one with me is an incredible journey too because not only will you see how the construction of a garment comes together it will be to your exact measurements and that’s not something you from the high street.

Now don’t get me wrong there are some amazing companies on the high street that are turning to being more sustainable but if you are looking for a completely unique piece then I suggest you think about going bespoke-I guarantee it will be the best decision you make

In the words of Vivienne Westwood

“Buy less Choose well”

 

Fancy reading more on bespoke clothing then check out my blog on

5 myths about handmade clothing 

5 myths about handmade clothing

5 myths about handmade clothing

Im here to talk about myths around handmade clothing and what is not so true. My aim in my business is to bring you quality handmade clothing that last a lifetime and in this blog post I’m going to discuss with you just why

Would you rather buy a piece of fast fashion over and over again or a very well made item that will last a lifetime? I know which one I would choose.

Buying a piece of tailored clothing is a daunting thought especially when you hear such things like:

  • its not well made — poor quality
  • Oh it will just fall apart
  • Its old fashioned
  • Its too expensive

So let’s dive into it.

5 myths about handmade clothing

1. Handmade garments are unfashionable

Wrong! I know it can seem like handmade clothing is just for grandmas who use the kitchen curtains to make a dress or mums who make up the duvet into costume for a school Christmas play… we’ve all been there yeah? I remember having a sheet wrapped around me for an angel in the nativity but enough about that.

Within my designs they are no way unfashionable, I research the latest trends, keep up to date with the latest colours and fabrics. In fact being sustainable and thrifty is the new trend so getting something handmade — you are bang on trend!

 

5 myths about handmade clothing

2. Handmade clothing is too expensive

Yes, it may seem that when first enquiring but if you sit and think abut how much you spend on fast fashion that doesn’t last then in the long run it actually works out a lot less in money.

When it comes to bespoke clothing its an investment piece that is made to fit you so it will not only make you feel incredible, it will also last a lifetime.

When you look at it from a mindset point of view you will probably look after it and enjoy wearing it more than what you would spending on something that you just buy for the sake of buying.

 

5 myths about handmade clothing

3. Hand made clothing is poor quality.

This is one for the mindset again because when you think of handmade you automatically think its going to fall apart because its not bought from a proper shop or it doesn’t have the label on it.

When in actual fact it’s made so much better. Everything in my studio is made from scratch not mass produced so from the cutting out to the sewing up its all checked over by me in which I make sure its made to the highest quality.

When In mass produced factories its passed through several fast production lines which mean a certain amount of garments have to be made in a certain time — where’s the love in that?

 

5 myths about handmade clothing

4. But you can’t send handmade clothing back

My business is based on made to order, personalised and bespoke clothing.

By law my made to order items I do accept returns for faulty reasons and simply if you change your mind.

My exception on bespoke and personalised I can accept returns on the bases on faulty or not as described. However If you do have a problem I always try to find a solution for you especially when it comes to the fit of the garment.

 

5 myths about handmade clothing

5. Handmade clothing is just for special occasions.

Bridal wear and evening wear are special occasions and people feel like these are the only times you should get something handmade.

But I disagree with this I think everyday is a special occasion, if you want to feel confident in what you wear and something that lets your personality shine through then having a piece of handmade clothing is the way to go.

Imagine opening up you wardrobe and seeing something that represents you and you feel excited to wear it — then I don’t have to say anymore.

I definitely think handmade clothing is coming back in a big way, especially when the fashion industry is the biggest threat to climate change. Making a change and buying less choosing well is the way forward.

If you are interested in having coming made by Born to Thread then check out my bespoke clothing service.

 

5 myths about handmade clothing

Handmade clothing edition – Style me up

Handmade clothing edition – Style me up

This year I’m on a quest to revamp my wardrobe with handmade items I’ve made for myself within my business I pride myself on making one of a kind clothing with a feminine edge and I thought if I’m not practicing what I preach then what am I even doing *insert dramatic pose! 

I want to create a style that reflects my personality and that also makes me feel badass whilst wearing them. Confidence is something I have struggled with over the years especially in my 20s and my shyness can be so overwhelming at times but since entering my 30s my mindset has change a lot and my body hang ups are going but it something Ive had to work on and pushing myself out of my comfort zone has been the main thing and I’ve come to realise that it is GOOD for you. 

I find it funny how clothing and hair has always been a fun way of expressing myself and I never had a problem with this, it was like a way of bigging up my confidence which lacked in other ways so now I’m now I’m taking note and creating a fun wardrobe that works for me and make me feel as badass as what my business is. 

If you can find big confidence in yourself then everything else will follow. 

I’m forever inspired by Gucci and I long for the day I can afford one of their kick ass suits so when designing my capsule collection a powered suit was defiantly on the table. Im also very inspired by vintage fashion especially the tailoring, it’s incredible how they had the fit on the clothes. 

You can see my Pinterest board for my handmade inspo here 

My main piece that I wanted to make was a denim jumpsuit as I’m a big fan of a jumpsuit, think 70’s disco with big flares … Hell yeah 

The best thing about designing a collection is thinking how you are going to style it at the end, letting your imagination run wild is fun. 

I had a little rummage through my fabric and found a piece of denim that I wasn’t using and I just managed to fit the pattern on it. 

So whilst making up orders I managed to get my first jumpsuit made up just in time for the summer time. The denim is a bit too heavy but it was a great way to sample up and see how it was looking, Im going to look into a softer drape denim so that the casual look of the jumpsuit sits a lot softer in the body. 

It’s so comfortable to wear and I loved styling it up my velvet chunky heels and my grandma’s crochet hat which is actually from the 1970s  I also finished it off with my long lace coat dress which is available to order over on my shop page.

Im already thinking what other fabrics I can make it up in, I mean wouldn’t it look good in print say like leopard print.

How have you found your body confidence has changed over the years? 

Bridie x