YOU’RE WITH US, LEATHER

Esquire (USA) - - The Code -

In life and in fash­ion, it’s im­por­tant to keep ev­ery­one guess­ing. This Bot­tega Veneta jacket, from new creative di­rec­tor Daniel Lee’s out­ing for the veteran leather house, is ex­actly the sar­to­rial trompe l’oeil you need. ¶ At first blush, it’s a rain slicker, but on closer inspection, you’ll note that it’s not rub­ber but leather. The but­tery, traf­fic-light-yel­low jacket is the ul­ti­mate style op­ti­cal il­lu­sion—a sur­pris­ing ma­te­rial trans­formed into an un­likely gar­ment. Seam-sealed zip­per de­tails and a draw­string hood lend ath­letic edgi­ness to the el­e­vated wind­breaker, which ad­vances Lee’s mis­sion of cre­at­ing back-to-ba­sics, liv­able es­sen­tials from luxe ma­te­ri­als. Peo­ple shouldn’t be able to fig­ure you out with just a glance. Why should your clothes be any dif­fer­ent? —Adri­enne Westen­feld

Jacket ($5,900) and sweater ($1,300) by Bot­tega Veneta.

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