Boda Skins Kay Michaels Men’s Leather Jacket Review
It’s time for another review on my mens fashion blog, so for my latest entry I will be looking at the Mens Boda Skins Kay Michaels Leather Jacket in Black. I got it a few months ago and have been loving it!
I have owned the Antique Creased Brown version in my collection for almost a year now (reviewed here) yet I was never 100% satisfied, not because of any negatives with the jacket, but because the black model was always looming in the background, tempting and teasing me! I originally opted for the brown because it was a limited run and that I’ve always preferred tan coloured leathers. But as the year progressed, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the classic black model. Finally, all of my defences were broken down and I made the purchase! But was it the correct decision? Find out in my review!
Design & Style
The Boda Skins Kay Michaels Leather Jackets have based their design on the classic biker style, something which is seemingly timeless. Ever since biker jackets were first created they have gained legions of fans throughout each passing decade. The Boda Skins team are no fools, adopting this same classic look for their flagship piece, yet adding their own unique additions and details. The most easily noticeable feature is the heavily padded upper arm sleeves, this is what easily sets them apart from rival brands and also what makes Boda Skins jackets instantly recognisable and so attractive to look at! The black leather looks deliciously expensive, almost a matte colour rather then the deep and dark (and sometimes shiny!) leathers usually on offer.
Leather & Details
As mentioned, the leather looks high end, but upon touching, it feels expensive too! Incredibly soft and supple, particularly the iconic arm padding and the overall feel of the fabric. Fortunately the leather doesn’t have the side effect of being delicate, worrying about damaging your newly acquired jacket can play havoc with your outfit choices!
The jacket is covered in little details, Boda Skins logo branded studs, quality zippers with made to last pullers, an internal iPhone pocket, and the unobtrusive English flag patch on one of the arms. These little subtleties are what reassures you that you are witness to a quality product!
Comfort and Wearabilty
Biker leather jackets are an iconic style, one of the few types of clothing which complements almost anything in your wardrobe, the Boda Skins Kay Michaels is no different. Paired dressed down with distressed skinny jeans and sneakers and a crisp white T Shirt or slung over the top of your smart shirt and tie, creating an eye catching combo. Thankfully when it comes to regular wear, this jacket pretty much nails it. With its internal soft padding and buttery feeling leather, you won’t ever feel uncomfortable. It’s a jacket that I can happily wear all day and not feel too restricted.
I chose my normal size of a XS for this Boda Skins jacket (the exact same as my Brown Version) and it boasts an exceptional fit, nice and snug in the arms and shoulder area (without constriction). The sleeve lengths are close to perfect, suitably sitting across my wrists. Compared to other rival brands (like my Allsaints Cargo), the fit of the Kay Michaels jacket is just how an XS should fit. Top marks from me in this section! Regarding the length of it, it also comes in a tall version if you’re on the taller side (see here).
Price & Value For Money
The price of the Boda Skins jackets are very close to stepping into the designer brand price bracket, with yearly increases (just like all brands), this gap will only get smaller. However, despite its admittedly big price tag of £459, I strongly believe this jacket is worth every penny. Smashing past its similarly priced competitors as it’s made to last and comes with a 100 year guarentee.
My opinion of this jacket was always going to be a foregone conclusion (after all, I already highly rate the brown model!). Excellent style and design, super soft leather, perfect fit and just beautiful to look at! This leather jacket is one of the best available, it’s no surprise the brand is going from strength to strength! The Kay Michaels has become iconic now and one of the most beautifully designed leather jackets I’ve seen, especially with all the quilting and zip detailing.
What do you think of this leather jacket? Is it something you would wear? Please let me know in the comments below! I can also help with sizing and comparisons if you need it.