South African flop
Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been the subject of much shameful controversy, from rape allegations to his resignation in 2018 on charges of corruption. He is currently refusing to appear in South African courts. Its many disappointing qualities include a preference for hideous, light-colored leather jackets. His party actually released a collection of neon leather jackets to celebrate his style, but they proved extremely unpopular across the country.
The worst people in nice jackets
There is no getting around it: Fascists love leather. Mussolini loved a motorcycle jacket. Nazis of all shapes and sizes wore leather coats, both during World War II and in racist subcultures in the years to come. This guy wore brown leather to storm the Capitol last week. Leather can work many miracles, but it can’t make fascism any less terrible.
PS It’s really too easy to find photos of these historic leather assholes, but I don’t have to help you. If you’re really curious, google.
A finance minister … with EDGE
When Yanis Varoufakis served as Greece’s finance minister for eight months in 2015, he had a big job ahead of him that required an even bigger fit. The fashion of the International Monetary Fund rarely causes a stir, but Varoufakis’ absolutely wild leather coat caused waves. Did Greece repay the IMF on time this year? No. Did your finance minister look like an ass? Undeniably yes.
Whether it’s statecraft, bookstores, or leather jackets, Obama excels. His postal style is unparalleled in the history of the President. Aside from his favorite ’44 jacket, there’s this piece he wore to the 2019 NBA Finals. In contrast to the classic Camp David bomber, this black jacket is slimmer – and, as I may say, more elegant. He also owns one in brown.
The man himself in the coat who sent me on this troubled path. What diplomatic letter is hidden in this luxurious leather jewelry? Only Kim knows. In the meantime, we can only pray that the dear Leader’s burgeoning taste will be a sign of global rapprochement, rather than a rocket launch to welcome President Biden. After all, leather is a language spoken all over the world.