I got it for Christmas, to my surprise, and wore the hell out of it. Not even a full month later, I went to hang it up after a night out and noticed a huge split in the leather, not on the seam, straight from the shoulder to the elbow. I won't be dramatic here but it was pretty tragic. Nordstrom gave us our money back and I picked a plain navy wool trench without an ounce of leather on it to replace it.
I have been wary of these jackets ever since. I've seen them around but fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, etc.
The I saw one come up on eBay. It was a brand new Vince linen asymmetrical leather sleeve jacket and I loved it, especially at the price. I bid on it expecting to have lowballed it too much and was surprised the next morning when I saw I won. I had immediate pangs of regret - here I was making the same mistake again and on top of that it's not even a trend anymore.
But boy is it nice. The leather is super supple, much smoother than the leather on my Vince paper leather jacket, and much more substantial feeling. I like the asymmetrical zip because it looks great closed and open. As long as it didn't rip, I was happy.
A few weeks later, my mom and I were going to meet at the Bloomingdale's Outlet and she was picking out things for me to try on before I got there after work. When I arrived she had an armful of St. John items (now you can see where my sense of old lady style comes from), one of them being a black jacket with leather sleeves.
I already have one! I have a million black jackets too!
She asked me to just try it on just to see.
Long story short,
You can see how that "just try it on!" worked out.
So here I am with two jackets I love that are so similar that it's absurd I own both. What's a girl to do? Sell? Return? I just love them both and I think they offer a different look but I realize that to most people the difference is negligible.
For now, at least, I can admire them.
I was going to turn this into a deep metaphor for my picking a graduate program but you know what, not today.