We've Got the Beat: Jack Kerouac's Jacket
Hogan's Jack Kerouac bomber jacket.
By Nandita Khanna
Earlier this spring, Italian luxury leather purveyor Hogan launched the "Jack Kerouac Project"--a capsule collection of six well-worn, buttery-soft leather pieces from bags to sneakers--at Colette in Paris. The collection also marks Hogan's first foray into outerwear. Hogan's launch is timed with the 50-year anniversary of Kerouac's iconic novel On the Road, which embodies the essence of the Beat movement.
The line bows at boutiques in U.S. this month and will be on sale through January. The standout piece is by far the bomber jacket, which is fashioned after Kerouac's own, and is most certainly a nod to the writer's own rumpled, urban nomad style with its ribbed wool banding and double front pockets ($1,590). A fifties-style high-top sneaker and work boot would make excellent shoes for pounding the city pavement (shoes from $295 to $475). For modern adventurers out to emulate Kerouac, the caramel-hued travel bag ($1,290) is clearly priced beyond Kerouac's means but manages to evoke that "this-old-thing" feeling that makes it so darn cool looking. And, hey, it might just inspire you to pack your bags and set off on your own cross-country adventure.