( Part II is here
Let’s face it, Italians know their leather, and no one knows Richard Armitage’s leather choices better than amica mia, and guest blogger, Micra.
We all know Richard loves leather jackets, and even leather pants he says he wore through most of drama school. Despite troubles with his Sir Guy of Gisborne costume in BBC’s Robin Hood Series, the man seems to have a special affection for leather jackets, even to the extent of replying to Agzy’s #AskThorin for DoS promotion last 6th of December, that he would battle a dragon to protect his beloved Belstaff jackets.
I’ve tried to trace all the jackets he wore during these years, identify their brand and the several occasions he wore them. I have surely overlooked many, but I think I have found the main ones. I was also curious about the leather he wore in photo shoots and as a character, so I did separate post for them. But what interests me more is his use of leather jackets in RL, so here we are, let’s start.
The first LJ we saw on him is the Lucas North’s Belstaff one. It makes sense. Belstaff is an expensive brand of garment, and frugal RA never liked to spend too much in material things, as he often remarked in his interviews. He had the chance to buy some clothes from the set once the production ended, so he chose some garments that were good on him, expensive and appropriate to his personal style. Lucas’ and Porter’s Belstaff jacket are perfect on him. Classy but gutsy, a good classic brand but not too fashionista. It remains my fave jacket of the many he has. He wore it on many occasions over time and, as we saw, considered them a treasure (even if I suspect he played with us and our preferences in that twitter reply).
Porter visiting Katie in hospital in Strike Back Episode 1- Part 2
RA leaving ITV Studios 17-9-2010 (source)
RA with a fan in Wellington, 06-03-2013 (source)
Then we have another Belstaff jacket, as seen on AUJ Vlogs and Special Contents:
Screencap from Peter Jackson Vlog for The Hobbit (source)
Not satisfied with these two, Richard sported another Belstaff for the Hobbit Fan Event November 2013
Hobbit Fan Even, NYC, 11-05-2013 (source)
Todd Snyder looks like his second favorite brand for leather jackets. He frequently used a couple of TS garments, including November 2012 at Wellington airport.
Apparently he loves this jacket a lot, since he wore it several time and he’s wearing it again now, for DoS DVD promotion.
Interview in AUJ DVD Special contents (source)
Richard in Toronto for AUJ promotion, December 2012 (source)
Richard at ITV This Morning, DOS DVD Promotion, 3-31-2014 (source)
Another Todd Snyder jacket seems to be his fave though. He wore it many, many times during the whole AUJ press junket, many interviews and live events like London Apple Store Q&A for The Hobbit.
London Apple Store, 10 December 2012 (source)
Leaving the Today Show, 5 December 2012 (source)
Richard & Martin in MAX 60 seconds interview, December 2012.
And with Todd Snyder in his showroom, 2013 (source)
That’s all for now, but there are more leather jackets to come, including a favorite photo shoot.