If you are looking for a great jacket this year, look no further than Belstaff, a menswear brand launched in 1924 in the United Kingdom, but now owned by an Italian firm. Much of their clothing is made in Italy. Historically, the company specialized in all-weather jackets for motorcyclists and the aviation market. It has modernized the motorcyle jacket by making fit closer to the body, using different kinds of material (quilted fabric) and smart detailing. They introduced the Trialmaster motorcycle jacket in 1948, and it has been copied by many other brands. Indeed, versions of the Trialmaster have been worn by famous people, including Che Guevara.
Belstaff also makes coats, light jackets, sweaters, trousers, shoes and accessories for men. They have a womenswear line.
One of the best places to shop for Belstaff is Rome, Italy which stocks the full selection of men’s jackets and accessories. Service at the Rome boutique is excellent; staff provide good advice on the styles that fit you and the store carries a wide range of sizes. The store is located on the via del Babuino, close to the Piazza del Popolo. It is also a few minutes away from the via Condotti and Spanish Steps, the heart of designer shopping in Rome.
I have written a separate article entitled Where to Shop in Rome for Men’s Clothes, which lists the best stores in Rome for menswear, shoes, and accessories.