How did HEAD create the ultimate 21st century, ski jacket? By using a material from 10,000 years ago.

Prehistoric people hunted animals for food but nothing went to waste. Pure leather is not just luxurious, it’s been an incredibly functional and sustainable material for clothing since the dawn of human kind.

As Vogue magazine observed, ‘the biker jacket is back’. That’s only half true. Certainly, the iconic leather biker jacket is back in the city, but it’s now about to debut somewhere new, even unexpected - in the mountains, worn by women who want that same biker aesthetic when they’re skiing. An exhilarating combination of urban edge, a slim, feminine silhouette and modern, innovative performance, the Rebels RS Jacket is designed for on and off the slopes.

Historically, when leather has been chosen for winter sportswear, it’s been for gloves and footwear. Now designers are also turning to leather for other winter sports items, exploiting its durable and tear-proof qualities. In a jacket, its elastic properties allow the wearer to move in comfort and freedom on the slopes all day. Treated leather protects the wearer against the elements by being water repellent, keeping you feeling dry and cosy. But one of pure leather’s key assets is its sustainability. Properly utilised, it can be the kinder choice for the environment. The Rebels RS Jacket is made in Pakistan from leather that is a by-product of the food industry and sourced from a factory that has its own tannery. Animal welfare is protected by government backed veterinary supervision. Protecting the environment was also an important consideration, favouring processes that minimize the use of water, chemicals and natural resources.

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The jacket has generous stretch at the back and sides for ease of movement and has embroidered and HEAD print details giving a contemporary aesthetic. Ideal for milder mountain days, it has sealed seams, a waterproof zipper, 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation and a detachable snow gaiter. It also has secure inside pockets and elastic sleeve cuffs with thumb holes.

When you’re on the slopes or après-ski, the jacket can be paired with HEAD’s perfectly fitting Emerald Pants. When you venture out in the city it looks stunning with denim jeans. However you choose to wear it, the Rebels RS Jacket is going to turn heads, and get people talking. More than anything, it’s the perfect illustration of how leather is just as useful and innovative today as it was 10,000 years ago.

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