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For some people, designer jackets and designer clothes in general, are about showing off the brand on Instagram. For other people, it’s about fashion heritage. It’s the groundbreaking idea from a genius designer executed to perfection by the most talented seamstress using the most premium fabrics. Pieces that stood to the test of time, were poorly copied by every fast fashion and are forever a recognizable symbol of an effortless sense of style. Maybe you think of the classic tweed jacket from Chanel, immortalized by Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Or your mind goes straight to the Balmain double-breasted blazer, popularized by Kim Kardashian. And that’s the power of timeless designer pieces: you get to put Jackie K and Kim K on the same sentence and it makes perfect sense. Because also, that’s the power of iconic women.

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You’ll wear these designer jackets forever because their style is timeless and the quality is impeccable. In this post, you’ll find a thorough selection of the most timeless and famous designer jackets of all time. So, whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a dear fashionista I hope it helps you buy your first designer piece or complete your closet.

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Heritage Designer Jackets & Coats

Balmain Double-Breasted Blazer

Balmain Double-Breasted Blazer designer jackets
? Farfetch

The Balmain double-breasted jackets are made in France. The most iconic model has a slim fit, double-breasted silhouette featuring Maison’s signature medallion buttons, and structured padded shoulders.

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The Balmain blazer is available in many colors, silhouettes, and fabrics, and of course the price changes according to it. The one from the picture is the classic slim fit blazer in a wool blend and gold buttons. The prices you see above, are for this model. But each store has a different selection of Balmain jackets, from leather to tweed, to boyfriend.

Tweed Chanel Jacket

Tweed Chanel Jacket designer jackets
? Hatami/Shutterstock Courtesy Vogue

This is the one piece of clothes that will look perfect on Rihanna, Jackie K Onassis, Beyonce, Kate Moss, Coco Chanel, Kendal Jenner, The Duchess of Cambridge, you, and me.

In 1954 Gabrielle Coco Chanel designed the jacket that changed the way women would dress forever. She used tweed to create an elegant and minimalist blazer with real pockets and real buttonholes. Apparently a completely innovative idea in the fashion world since the ’50s *irony*. Even more revolutionary in a time of oppressive corsets and limiting puff skirts, the Chanel jacket took inspiration from the masculine silhouette to provide freedom of movement. And finally, she sewed a delicate chain into the lower silk lining to ensure that the jacket falls perfectly.

The official Chanel website in the US doesn’t sell the tweed jacket online, and that’s how badass legendary they are. So you have to contact an advisor online or go to a brick-and-mortar Chanel store to get yours. Or you can buy vintage/pre-owned online.

? Theo Wargo, courtesy Vogue

There are things in fashion that never go out of style. Jeans, a white shirt and a Chanel jacket

Karl Lagerfeld
? Ron Galela, courtesy Vogue

Schott NYC Perfecto Leather Jacket

Schott NYC Perfecto Leather Jacket
? Schott NYC

The original Perfecto is made in the USA, using soft lambskin leather and satin lining. It has the stars on epaulets, classic Schott Perfecto style, with the front and sleeves zipper and the belt. For those days when you wake up feeling like the rock star you are or when you need to channel her!

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Technically, Schott NYC is not a designer in the sense of Paris Fashion Week and so. However, they are the creators of the Perfecto leather jacket, in 1928, by request from Harley-Davidson. So, the Perfecto is a style icon for almost 100 years. Almost everyone copied it, from French Maisons to fast fashions, and is absolutely perfect with dresses, pants, jeans, skirts, or pretty much anything.

Burberry The Mid-Length Kensington Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry The Mid-Length Kensington Heritage Trench Coat
? Bloomingdale’s

Well, the queen of trench coats, the classic of rain weather, The Mid-length Kensington Heritage Trench Coat, a classic over 100 years old. This is the classic design, fabric, and color, but there are several options, like wool, leather, sleeveless, black, pink, and so on.

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This coat is made in the signature cotton gabardine, invented by Mr. Thomas Burberry himself in 1879. The Kensington is handmade in England, like every single Burberry trench. And has all the signature details: epaulets, hook-and-eye collar closure, gun flap, belted cuffs, D-ring belt, check undercollar, storm shield.

All the details of the Burberry trench have a reason to be and a manufacturing technique. The perfect collar is hand sewed by specialist tailors who start at the job after 1 year of training. The iconic epaulets are from the original design, which was meant to be for the military to show off their office ranking. And the D-ring on the belt was to hang the weapons during the First World War.

Moncler Puffer Jacket

Moncler Puffer Jacket
? Bloomingdale’s

The puffer jacket was invented by Eddie Bauer, but it’s the down puffer jackets and coats from the Italian luxury skiwear brand Moncler that has the fashionistas dreaming. You’ll see A-list Hollywood celebrities and Instagram fashion influencers wearing their puffer Moncler to run errands in New York, stroll around Paris, or ski in Aspen and Courchevel.

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The Moka Coat is one of the brand’s bestsellers. It features the Moncler signature lacquered nylon, is waterproof, and has a detachable hood. But Moncler has tons of fashionable puffer jackets in different lengths, colors, and models.

Stella McCartney Fur Free Faux Fur Coat

Stella McCartney Fur Free Faux Fur Coat
? Saks

I didn’t find data on who invented faux-fur coats. But I know for sure that Stella McCartney was the very first fashion designer to bring sustainability and animal cruelty conversations to the trendsetters’ table.

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I also know that Stella’s team developed this luxurious signature faux-fur, which looks and feels like the softest fur one could ever wear. The Melina coat is made in Italy, inspired by the ’70s style, and is clearly iconic and cool.

I clearly remember how hippie Stella was considered when she created her pioneer ethical luxury brand as if it was an offense. Well, 30 years or so later, the trail-blazer activist daughter of Linda and Sir Paul keeps going strong with her convictions, running a very successful and ethical business and fighting for a cleaner planet and industry.

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How much of this fashion History did you know? What about the designer jackets and coats in this post? Do you agree with how iconic they are or do you think they are cringe? ?


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