I started the year with a new series focusing on reviewing my luxury pieces after owning them for one year. When you spend a lot of money on an item, it’s good to know how it wears and what it might look like a year later. Today, I’ll be sharing a review and some outfit ideas for the Rudsak Tisha Leather Jacket. My two previous posts were for the Sam Edelman Felicia Flats and the Tiffany & Co Paloma Picasso Loving Hearts Pendant.
A nice black leather jacket is a must have investment piece and can pull so many outfits together. I actually had a faux-leather jacket for years that I loved but it’s rare that faux-leather stays in good quality for more than a year. I discovered Rudsak and thought it would be a nice alternative to Mackage. After looking through the options, I chose the Tisha design which I thought had the most practical and classic silhouette.
The company is founded in Canada and launched in 1994. The brand focuses on leather apparel and accessories and is best known for their outerwear! For those who like to support local, this is the brand for you. All the designs are still made in Montreal
Tisha Lambskin Leather Jacket
The Rudsak Tisha Lambskin Leather Bomber Jacket retails for $645 CAD. You can find it at Rudsak online, in their stores, or very select boutiques. They don’t have a wide distribution channel but I like the exclusivity of it. It comes in black, dark brown, and also seasonal colors. I was able to find this for 20% off during their Friends and Family sale last May. Some features of this jacket include a high neck collar, a nylon hood hidden in the zippered section in the neck, and quilted panels on the elbows. There are two zippered pockets in front and the sleeves can also zip up about 10 cms.
The leather on this jacket is ridiculously smooth and supple. It feels soft to the touch but still retains the shape of a well structured jacket. All of the zippers and hardware are smooth and I’ve never experienced any issues with jams. A lot of the Rudsak designs are more moto based, and while I think asymmetrical jackets look cool, it’s not as practical to wear. I think this middle zip with a high collar design makes this jacket perfect with a huge variety of outfits. I’ll show you some ways I wear it later on in this post.
I chose XS and I thought it was a fantastic fit. Although it’s a bit tight when zipped up, I wasn’t planning on wearing my jacket fully zipped very much. I also wasn’t planning on wearing it over sweaters as much and would rather have a narrow fit. This is something to keep in mind though when choosing your size. Make sure you know how you want to wear your leather jacket. The seams in the back of the design is also extremely flattering and helps to narrow your waist. The cotton stretch band at the bottom is genius as it keeps the jacket tight to your body in a way leather can not.
How It Wore
In the past year I wore the jacket most during fall and recently in the past month or so. It hasnn’t been worn to the ground but it’s definitely been taken out quite a few times and even a few occasions in the rain. Overall, I think the jacket still looks as if new even after a year! The only area where I see wear is the inside of the cotton section has pilled quite a bit. Luckily, no one can see inside the jacket.
The leather itself has stayed really smooth and supple. It also still has a beautiful shine to it that you can see in the photos and in real life. Luckily I haven’t spilled anything on it so I have no stains or rips anywhere on the jacket! I’m really happy with the quality of the leather and the overall structure of the shape. I stored this in the winter by loosely folding it inside out to make sure the leather is kept safe on the inside. Now that I’m wearing it more, I use a thick coat hanger so that there’s no sharp edges that will poke at the leather on the shoulder area. I didn’t use any specific leather cleaners or protectants last year but I think I will condition it more in the future.
I would very much recommend this jacket if you are looking for an investment piece. The price is high but based on the wear (or lack thereof), I’m thinking this jacket will last me quite some time. The Trisha design is very classic and will hold up against the test of time.
I’ve been wearing the leather jacket as an outwear mostly during fall and spring. I find it really good usually between 14 degrees to 18 degrees. I find it pairs the easiest with my black ripped jeans. Usually I can wear any top and it’ll be a very coherent look as I have my black leather jacket on top and black jeans on the bottom.
The other way I really enjoy wearing it is over top of dresses. A lot of times in Vancouver, it’s a bit too cold to wear just a dress. This leather jacket goes with so many different styles and colors of dresses and it’s also easy to pop on over the shoulders and not put your arms through.