Size Inclusive Leather Jackets from the Jacket Maker

I struggle to find leather jackets that fit me.  If it fits the bust, the shoulders are too wide and the sleeves too long.  If the sleeves are the right length, it's too tight to zip.  The jacket usually gets bunched up above my rear, and if I find one that fits, there's no way I can fit a sweater under it.  And why does it seem that the quality and style diminishes as the sizes increase?  Other than my beloved Universal Standard leather moto jacket, I usually encounter low-quality stiff leather, weird unnecessary embellishments, or cheap leather alternatives that don't look real or feel good on.  So when The Jacket Maker reached out offering the opportunity to create a custom-fit leather jacket, I was intrigued.  Offering up to a 3XL or allowing you to custom fit a jacket from your unique measurements, The Jacket Maker offers classic and trendy leather jackets styles for men and women at incredibly reasonable prices.

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Jacket: Kelsee Leather Biker Jacket c/o The Jacket Maker (made to measure size) | Sweater: Universal Standard (XS) | Jeans: Authentic Stretch Button Fly c/o Universal Standard (32 Ankle) | Boots: Sorel (sold out; similar) | Bag: Cole Haan via Rent the Runway Unlimited | Ring: Empress Insignia Luxe Ring c/o REALM | Earrings: Monogram Hoops c/o Jenny Bird (sold out; similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Since I own a black leather moto jacket that I love, I decided to use this opportunity with The Jacket Maker to get a novelty jacket – something unique but not so trendy I can't wear it a couple of years from now.  I decided on their Kelsee Leather Biker Jacket, a style inspired by motocross riders with quilted shoulders, a front zip, and a snap-close band collar that retails for $265 with free worldwide shipping.  It is made of sheepskin leather with a polyester lining dyed to match the jacket, has two pockets, and traditional zipper cuffs. This is the kind of jacket I have always liked but could never find one that fit my shape, usually being too straight up and down and the collar too high for my short neck. this jacket comes in nine colors; I chose green as it's one of my favorite colors and in a shade that can act as a neutral.

Size-Inclusive Made to Measure Leather Jackets from The Jacket Maker

With any jacket from The Jacket Maker, you can choose to buy it in a standard size, choose to have it “made to measure,” or customize the product.  Customizing means you can get your jacket printed or embroidered with your own design or do fit customizations; The Jacket Maker will work directly with you to craft the jacket of your dreams. Going through their gallery, it shows that The Jacket Maker often makes matching jackets for groups and creates pieces for movies and music videos. The Made to Measure option requires a tape measure and a friend to provide eight different measurements to get a jacket that fits you perfectly.  This is the option I took.

The Jacket Maker offers video tutorials to help you get accurate measurements.  Even if you make a mistake, The Jacket Maker will reach out before proceeding.  I know, because I submitted my measurements and The Jacket Maker emailed me asking me to confirm my sleeve length.  They said that based on my other measurements they felt there was a typo.  I re-measured and they were right!  If they didn't have such attention to detail I would have ended up with bracelet-length sleeves!

The jacket arrived via DHL around two weeks after placing the order.  Since it came via DHL I received a text and email when it was shipped and provided the date and delivery window.  The jacket came with few frills, which I like.  A cardboard box, a plastic bag to protect the jacket, and the packing documents.  The jacket had a bit of a chemical smell when it came out of the box but had completely dissipated after a couple of hours. The style and color are exactly what was on the website.

The Jacket Maker Made to Measure Jacket Review

The leather isn't as soft and luxe as my jacket from Universal Standard, but it also $200 less.  That being said, this jacket is higher quality leather than some jackets I've tried from brands like Halogen and Bernardo during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  It is also well crafted; no loose threads, a smooth-moving and durable zipper, tonal lining, straight stitches, etc.  I find the zipper easy to use, the snap closes and opens easily, the zippers at the cuffs work, stay closed when you want them but unzip when necessary.  The lining is silky, not plastic-y.  This jacket would sell for at least $100 more in a department store.

As for the fit, it's pretty great.  I am wearing it here with this Universal Standard merino turtleneck, but I have also worn it with my Lands' End cotton drifter sweater which is much thicker. The fit of this jacket is more for a jacket than an alternative to a cardigan or blazer; it's made to slip over sweaters, sweatshirts, and knits.  

The Jacket Maker offers styles for men and women. At the time of writing this, The Jacket Maker had over 45 styles of jackets, blazers, trenches, dresses, and vests for women made of leather and suede.  You can choose from classic biker and moto jackets to trendy looks like a silver leather trench coat or a black and white splatter print leather blazer. Every style can be made to measure, customized, or available in off-the-rack sizes from XXS to 3XL and are offered with free worldwide shipping.

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If you have any questions, do ask them below.  I am not paid by The Jacket Maker and will be completely honest.  I chose to do this review because I had a great experience and I know how hard it is to find quality size-inclusive leather jackets.

26 Comments

  1. sgac
    January 19, 2020 / 4:47 am

    I’ve had my eye on a site called Leather Cult for a while which does much the same thing but for more than jackets – skirts, pants and dresses too. A black leather skirt is an essential wardrobe item for me and I’ve been having trouble finding one that fits properly. Does anyone have any experience with this site?

  2. January 16, 2020 / 5:51 pm

    wow. I wish this company had been around when I bought my leather jacket about ten years ago. I hear you girlfriend. I have wide hips, larger bust etc. I ended up buying a man’s size medium. I have the same sizing problems with button up blouses. When a blouse fits the bust, the arms are too long and the shoulders droop off the shoulders. and then the entire blouses is really too large. I think you look fantastic in your new jacket! wear it in good health!

  3. annie
    January 13, 2020 / 5:02 pm

    Great post, as always, Alison, though I’m going to add that this whole outfit looks smashing on you! The color, your skin, your hair, your makeup – you are just beautiful. Thank you so much for the information on The Jacket Maker – I really don’t need another leather jacket….but….. 😉

  4. Heather Jacob
    January 13, 2020 / 12:26 pm

    So exciting! I haven’t had a leather jacket in years, but I do want one. I’ll go take a look at their offerings!

  5. jodie filogomo
    January 13, 2020 / 11:11 am

    Isn’t this an incredible service! I couldn’t believe they could do this for the price they were charging!!
    I love that you opted for the green. I bet you end up wearing it for years because we are over that idea of looking like everyone else and it stands out so wonderfully!
    Xoxo
    Jodie

    • January 13, 2020 / 11:14 am

      And I loved you in that pretty blue color!

  6. Mare
    January 13, 2020 / 9:23 am

    I’m drooling over the idea of the silver trench, customized with a zipper instead of button placket. How divinely yummy!

    • January 13, 2020 / 9:25 am

      The silver trench was really calling to me too!

  7. Ei Conklin
    January 13, 2020 / 8:50 am

    This this looks great on you. I want one! Do you know if they can /do include a secure inside pocket(s) for a phone and small cc card case? Is this something they can customize? I do often like to travel purse-free.

    • January 13, 2020 / 9:20 am

      I am not sure but this is a great question and I think you should reach out to them and ask. I was really impressed with the customer service and when I placed my order the staff didn’t know any difference between me and any other customer.

  8. Krista
    January 13, 2020 / 8:44 am

    This is a gorgeous jacket. I love the green color. Do you find it bunches up at all in the back (when zipped)? Does it stay down over your rear? And as above, did you pad the numbers to have enough room?

    • January 13, 2020 / 9:21 am

      As I walked it rode up a bit as you can see in some photos, but that’s to be expected with the length and how a rear moves when you walk and sit. I did not pad my numbers I wanted to see what would happen with accurate measurements.

  9. Lee
    January 13, 2020 / 8:27 am

    That jacket is beautiful and looks fabulous on you! I love how fitted & sleek it looks.

  10. Abby
    January 13, 2020 / 8:20 am

    Fits you like a glove! So pretty!

  11. Ann DD
    January 13, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Hi Alison – When you measured, did you feel like you needed to “pad” the numbers at all? I’m thinking about bust and arm measurements, in particular, to make sure there’s enough room.

    This jacket looks fantastic on you! I’m turning 50 this year and am thinking this would be a nice gift to myself!

    • January 13, 2020 / 9:23 am

      I did not pad the numbers. I specifically wanted them accurate to see the result and am happy with the amount of room without being too big anywhere. If you specifically want it over say thick sweaters, I’d do your measurements but let them know that and they can help. When they reached out about my inaccurate arm measurement it was a person, not a robot or CS auto-email. They also ask for any details to make sure the jacket fits just the way you want it.

      • Ann DD
        January 13, 2020 / 9:27 am

        Thanks for the info! This is really a phenomenal price for a jacket that’s essentially custom-made.

        • January 13, 2020 / 9:28 am

          Right? They totally exceeded my expectations.

  12. Melissa Fernandez
    January 13, 2020 / 7:14 am

    It looks fantastic on you. Color choice was spot on!

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