Above is a Rick Owens Gradient Leather Jacket from Spring/Summer 2009. This is a classic Rick Owens piece and although he has incorporated the idea of gradients into some of his later work, I haven’t seen this treatment since. While some original buyers of this jacket griped about the Tyvek gradient portion peeling away with wear I think the evolution of the gradient over adds to this item’s appeal. It’s easy to demand perfection from our purchases but it’s the personalized imperfections that endears an item of clothing to us.

Photos by Rocky Li

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