I like to think I travel on a relative budget (my best friend vehemently disagrees, but then again his version of budget travel is a road trip. Actually, that sounds like a lot of fun right now. Does anyone want to take a road trip with me?), but then had to relinquish that title after spending $250 on paragliding in Switzerland and just under $300 on the round-trip train to get there from another Swiss city. Worth it, if you’re wondering. Besides, I ate half my meals (read: bread and fruit) from the Swiss supermarket that week and woke up at 3:00 a.m. for the cheapest budget airline flight, so I like to think it balances out.
Other things that I firmly believe to be worth it are leather jackets, not because they are “investment pieces” or go with everything or whatever, but because wearing a leather jacket is like being wrapped in an expensive hug, and I am a huge proponent of that feeling.
Currently, my only leather jacket (I also dabble in the excellent faux versions from Zara…but those don’t count) is from Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam-based brand that specializes in stores that make me want to buy everything until I turn over the price tags. But this jacket! I bought it in Mitte, which is Berlin’s tourist central, and the sales associate was so friendly that window shopping somehow turned into actual shopping. Plus, I got a nice discount. Sadly, it was nowhere near as awesome of a discount as the one I’m about to share with you now: it’s going for $265 down from $529. I’m not at all bitter about this, mostly because the jacket reminds me of Berlin, enough said. So that was worth the extra…ok, I’m not going to go into how much extra I paid. But you! You are free to save. So go and purchase one for yourself because it is really, truly a fabulous piece of perforated leather. Do I even need to sell this? No, I do not!
P.S. Other leather jackets I drool over: this punched-leather beauty from All Saints, now $540 down from $900 (I tried this on once in Selfridges, and it is even better looking in person. Obviously, I walked away) and this black, shearling-lined dream from Acne at $2,800 (I did say dream).
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