Union Jacket

London's Impero Leather offers this fantastic tailed leather jacket, a steampunk answer to the postapocalyptic duster that the late Alexander McQueen designed for David Bowie in the 1990s.

It's rather expensive, yes.


  1. A link to a facebook site? I didn’t even know what I was looking at. I just hate facebook so much. I really do. I don’t understand it at all.

    1.  Re: F***book. You are not alone. Tried it for a month or so and ran away screaming. Pointless, boring and scarey all at once. Many actual users of it loath it yet are as addicted to it as smokers are to cigs. As to the jacket: I TOTALLY WANT IT!!!!

      1. Agreed. I hate reconnecting to and staying in touch with friends from across the country all on the same website and with incredible efficiency. I especially detest how there are varied privacy controls, so that the typical complaint of “everyone can see what I’m doing” is actually obsolete. And don’t even get me started on how the only information on Facebook is the information that you put there, so you don’t have anyone to blame but yourself if you post something embarrassing. 

        Screw Facebook.

      2.  You can run from F***book, but you can’t hide… I did the same as you over a year ago and the b*ggers have resurrected my account again (probably fudging numbers for their IPO)

      1.  No, but just because it’s styled like an Admiral’s jacket from the days when boats had big sails doesn’t make it steampunk..

  2. Were the British Army to make that their dress uniform I suspect recruitment would go up. 

    Also, a jacket like that demands the use of a monocle, and perhaps an improbably massive moustache.

    1.  Agreed. And despite the Union Jack, I think it requires a pickelhaube.Of course, in the alt-history world of steampunk, there’s no reason a pickelhaube couldn’t be worn by Brits.

  3. Technically, it’s only called the Union Jack when it is flown at sea.  Otherwise it’s the Union flag.  So, unless the person wearing this is on a boat at sea, you’d probably have to refer to it as the union coat instead.  :)

  4. I reckon there’s already a barely-serviceable Asian knockoff out there for $50 or something.

  5. You’d be pretty famous for wearing this!  

    I’ve never wanted a leather jacket or ANYTHING with the Union Flag on it- far to many nasty jingoistic associations- but for this, oh yes, for this I would gladly swathe myself in patriotic dead thing!

    1. Luckily, if you look inside the right breast pocket, interior, you’ll find an official letter of absolution, signed by the theological higher-ups of your choice and Her Britannic Majesty, for any uncomfortably retro acts of colonialism committed while wearing this coat.

  6. Oh, if only I had a) The money to afford this thing, and b) the physique to pull it off… I’d live in the damn thing forever.

  7. Dear god, I’m not anywhere I could wear something like that and I want it.  It looks like something that one of the characters from Planetary should be wearing, or maybe John Constantine if he’s feeling particularly sarcastic.

  8. The Union Jack Jacket most likely owes a lot more to Pete Townsend’s version of it from the 60’s McQueens.

  9. Damn you BoingBoing – now everybody knows. I own a full length green leather coat from Tilly and Mumtaz and it’s spectacular.

    Tilly is the creative genius, while Mumtaz comes from a family of tanners. Between them, they create beautiful items. And they’re quite happy to customize everything. If you have a chance, go and see them in London, if only for a look at the boutique. Although you may well come home with something!

  10. This makes me want to move to England and buy a boat.  As an American who is not a ship captain, I wouldn’t be able to get away with this jacket.

  11. Sigh. All that effort and then they get the flag WRONG.  The white diagonals on the Union Flag are not all equally broad, and neither is it symmetrical on any axis, look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg
    It is this non-symmetry and variation which makes the flag “live”.  This otherwise lovely jacket misses a huge chance…

  12. Wow that is one of the coolest leather coats I’ve seen in a while. I’d like to see one with an American flag like that! 

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