You probably already know by now that you aren't truly a member of the ultra-hip unless you own a black leather jacket. And, it is precisely your jacket's allure as a status symbol that makes it so desirable to itchy-fingered thieves.
So . . . what to do when you're dancing in a club and your beloved jacket makes you work up more of a sweat than you counted on? Do you drape it across a chair? Nuh-uh, you zip it, snap it or buckle it around your waist. This way, you safeguard your precious leather--and make a fashion statement.
"We get in people, at least four, five a week, who've had their jackets stolen," says Robert Symms, co-owner of Tasty Leathers in Van Nuys. "I know one customer who's had four leather jackets ripped off just since Christmas. You just don't leave your leather jacket on a chair. It's like leaving a Rolex on a chair. A lot of people got smart. They wear them around their waist."
Marie Lafia, an art student at CalArts in Valencia--and a self-described "observer of culture and an involved participant in the deconstruction of systems," says the leather-jacket-around-the-waist-look "works now, because it kind of has the effect of a mini. I live next door to this skinny walker. He's kind of post-Ramones. He always wears that look every time he leaves his apartment. He even wears it to do the laundry."