Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet

21st August 2015


It’s been a while since I’ve last written a review, I have recently went through huge career transition and have finally found a job that I love, besides this I had many things going in my mind that I just needed some time off, a long holiday which I took and regrettable dismissed my beloved blog. While I was away throughout these inactivity times, I took the opportunity to purchase this gorgeous Balmain Biker Leather Gilet that went on sale.

Over recent years, Balmain Homme has been transformed from the very Parisian chic biker cross military accent that Christophe Decarnin once left behind into a revolutionary concurrent opulence collection, often delivered in sharper elegance, looser silhouettes, exaggerated embellishments and outstanding embroidered craftsmanship, all these elements are synonymous to the brand identity today. However, despite all these distinctive and sometimes radical changes, the Balmain biker and military concept has not been long forgotten but continuously innovated through time, so much so that today’s offering consist an abundance of styles once scarce at the marketplace. The unparalleled creations from Balmain incorporates unmistakable elements in each design that makes their clothes unique. Due to such innovation techniques and the increasing market supply and demand for Balmain menswear, I felt that the brand in recent years has lost part of its charm and exclusiveness due to the saturated accessibility, although retail prices generally continued to fluctuate throughout every season. Shop at Balmain menswear at Farfetch now for competitive retail prices globally.




Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces from the modern classic collection is the Balmain Double Symmetrical V-Zipped Biker Jacket, otherwise known just as the Balmain Biker Leather Jacket. First introduced back in Balmain Spring Summer 2012 menswear, it was Olivier Rousteing’s first menswear collection, the quintessential leather jacket soon pervaded across a series an avant-garde series dwelled from quilted jerseys, mixed materials, and most recent bi or tricolour ways, also seen available at the H&M Balmain collection. While its design sets the benchmark in futuristic outwear back in SS12, the designer additionally introduced two biker leather gilets, sleeveless jackets which were practical for the spring summer season. The first was a black asymmetrical zipped leather gilet, while the other was made with a special python leather in gorgeous greyish blue. They were absolutely breath-taking pieces that I’ve adored for many seasons to come and have always dreamt about owning one ever since its inception.

This is the Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet from the Spring Summer 2015 collection, and believe it or not this is the entry level of the range. Of course entry level is a relative term and while the Balmain Black Biker Leather Gilet might be less expensive and less complete in the range it’s by no means cheap and it’s not short of the muscle either. Balmain reintroduced the men’s leather gilet nearly after four seasons, this time the design and elements were based on the iconic Balmain Double Symmetrical V-Zipped Biker Jacket and it continues that tradition of the double v-front split zippers, ribbed trims, large buttoned eyelets and a wide shoulder stance, modernized with a fastening belt on the waistline. The double zipper’s complex choreography is manually interchangeable by folding two sides to another, transforming it to a complete harnessed vest, while still leaving some space for body movement. It converts the Balmain leather gilet from a sleek sleeveless jacket to a glamorous rocker vest at just a few zips away. I have soon developed a strong desirability to own this Balmain leather gilet.




When it comes to fashion pieces, there is always that one unmistakable piece that you felt you could have gotten but slipped away. And one particular piece was, I knew from the very beginning that I should not let this go as the designer rarely makes leather gilets. Moreover it is much more justifiable and yet practical to be worn where I lived, a country with endless summers. Although I do find it a challenge to enjoy wearing Balmain because it usually requires to play with a several layers just to bring out the depth of the clothes. The leather gilet on the other hand, was the perfect outwear piece, perhaps the most potent here is it’s sleeves has been chopped off, that means cool air can easily access the areas a jacket couldn’t but additionally offers much more flexibility to the wearer as well.

If you need something with a bit more personality and certainly with a bit more wearing involvement, then this is the perfect piece. Sleek in appearance and superb convertible front design with a touch of glamour. A lavishly appointed interior construction boost real comfort even though after extended wearing. Much of the Balmain leather gilet’s construction is fashioned from delicate lambskin while close attention to details benefits overall attraction. It’s a vest that oozes natural desirability, class, and appeal. Considering the size of the gilet, the inner fit is almost ludicrously slimmed cut though it is initial designed based to fit model sizing. Wearing the Balmain leather gilet feels more spirited than its exterior dimensions might suggest, it is always competent and understated, it covers style with effortless ease confirming its credentials as a sleeveless biker jacket rather than a generic biker’s gilet. It’s a gilet to be savored by elegance and lots of head turning appeal.












Balmain Spring Summer 2015 Collection








Barneys New York – Balmain Black Leather Moto Vest. Crafted of black lambskin, Balmain’s moto-inspired vest is styled with quilted shoulder panels, attached leather belt and asymmetric zip closure. Convertible snap-down lapels, vertical zip pockets, adjustable rolled buckle belt at bottom, shoulder yoke at back; polished silvertone zippers, stud snaps and hardware. Two-way zip-front closure. Lined; two slip pockets at interior. Available in Black. Leather; lining: cotton; quilting/padding: polyester. Specialty care. Made in Turkey. Our model is 6’1″/185cm and is wearing a size 48.

Barneys New York $3,885 – SHOP NOW








Farfetch – Balmain Black Ribbed Leather Gilet. Black cotton and lambskin ribbed gilet from Balmain featuring a round neck, an off-centre front zip fastening, side zipped pockets and a belted waist. Size & Fit: Measurements: item fits true to size. Model is wearing size: 48. Lining Composition: Cotton 100%. Composition: Lamb Skin 100%. Brand Style ID: S5HC851C601.






Balmain – Balmain Black Sleeveless Leather Biker Jacket. Key item of the Spring collection, this sleeveless jacket crafted from soft and supple leather is embellished with silver-coloured zips and studs. Complete your look with a black & white printed sleeveless T-shirt and dark biker jeans. Sleeveless jacket. Double off-center zip-fastening through front. Ribbed detailing on shoulders. Four zipped front-pockets. Adjustable belts with eyelets at sides of waist. Model wears a size : 48. Model measures : chest 97cm / 38″, height 184cm / 6’1″. 100% Lambskin Ref: S5HC851C601176.







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  • Lucas Matheus

    Woah this is amazing!! You have serious Balmain style Maurice 😉

  • Paul Strömberg

    This is insanely gooooodddd! I love all of these photos! <3

  • Andrew Ly

    Wow, your photos are astonishingly good, beautiful..

  • cheick

    hello , what do you think about the faith connexion made by decarnin? the jeans

    • Personally i’m not a fan of Faith Connexion so far, it looks like they belong to a different era in the fashion world once Christophe Decarnin was in Balmain. For this kind of price you are paying, I would rather settle for Balmain. This is just my own opinion, however if you like the style it offers, then why not?


      Regret for the late reply, as I was dreaming away :(

  • potek

    Maurice you sleep?
    I do not know about you, in my interest in fashion is smaller. It’s not so cool as it used to. M
    Prices are getting crazier and models are getting worse – less I like it.

    Paid about 1000 usd for cotton tshirt that will release to me now a big stupidity. Surely it is only cotton ….. (that pattern rare – I think it’s not enough)

    Now when you look from a distance – I know it’s crazy and not worth it.

    • Hey Potek,

      Yes I was, kind of regret now not being active in these two months. It’s killing my creativity.. but i’m trying hard now to be back on track. Have you seen the latest H&M x Balmain collection? I am seriously out of words, a jacket to pay for $2800-3500 usd now available for $100-200, literally out of words..

      The luxury fashion world is now very much accessible, and is no longer that exclusive compared to the past few years. Designers has been producing higher quantities and spreading distribution across the globe. It’s sad to see that brands has translate this image where their products are so easily accessible, and are no longer exclusive to a particular season.

      I just got back from Shanghai, and my GOD, almost everyone wears Balmain, Givenchy, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rick Owens, its like seeing ZARA there. I felt that the brands has lost its lustre, and even my desire to gain certain pieces.

      What are your thoughts?

      • richard

        hey Maurice…how are you? i told you years ago that Balmain was dropping down…and i think the H&M was the last drup …its the Titanic and its sinking fast.
        Rousteing was never the man for Balmain he is no designer but a sociale media face for Balmain.
        He makes the clothes way to female and i think most guys love the tough look and not all that gold and wide pants.
        About Faith Connexion i can say one thing..its not the best thing around i have 2 jeans from it and those are not bad..but this label has to grow…i have seen few things for summer 2016 and its getting really better…but again it takes time.
        For Balmain i stopped buying 1,5 year ago and you know me i bought so much years ago but i was never a fan of Rousteing he just toke old Balmain pieces and made them again for H&M how stupid can you be?
        But its same with Saint Laurent its big now but i never been a big fan of Hedi i hope some new or old brand stands up and let us see what fashion is really about..now we have a rapper that makes baggy homeless clothes with stupid shoes…the world is up side down…hahaha talk to you soon my friend

  • Not so true ether, that could be just be your observations in Colorado. But demand for these designer goods has surge tremendously in recent years, not just in the Chinese market, but even Westerners embrace these goods. Of course when you compare both, the Chinese people are much more materialistic.