Mirage Leather Brings Back the Eighties

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Women’s motorcycle vest. Photo: Melissa Hom

In 1979, Mirage debuted a line of men’s leather jackets that were modeled after military looks from the early part of the twentieth century. The label proved extremely popular throughout the eighties, with retail space at all the big department stores and stars like Bruce Springsteen, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Sylvester Stallone as fans. Now, after a twelve-year hiatus, Mirage is back for fall 2009 with leather outerwear for both men and women. The styles — such as belted motorcycle jackets and down-filled bombers — will be sold at Steven Alan in Tribeca and on Bloomingdales.com, with prices ranging from $350 to $1,000. The classic shapes have a slim, tailored fit and the buttery leather is softened using unique washing techniques. If the fall runway shows are any indication, leather bombers will be everywhere this season, making these chic, well-made jackets a smart investment. Preview eight styles from the line in our slideshow.

The fall collection will be available at Steven Alan, 87 Franklin St., nr. Church St. (212-219-3305) starting August 3, and on Bloomingdales.com later in the month.