Brad Pitt's Fight Club Jacket Was the Movie's Only Redeemable Character
To begin, I should tell you that this story contains two confessions. Here is the first: I have no idea when the last time I saw Fight Club was, but it may well have been 20 years
Even if I've rewatched it since then, it has been a long, long while since my last viewing. But in 1999, or possibly in 2001 or 2002, I thought Fight Club was so fucking awesome. I never actually unpacked its deeply problematic message, because I was a teenage idiot. But I did gaze upon its supposed hero, Tyler Durden, played by the imitable Brad Pitt. I admired his
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club.
But despite its supposed message, my main takeaway from Fight Club was Tyler Durden’s leather jacket, an almost-impressive instance of spectacularly missing the point. So here's that by-now-obvious second confession: Reader, I bought the jacket. Not the actual jacket, of course, but an approximation thereof, obtained after hours upon hours spent searching on eBay. "Fight Club jacket," as a search term, was far more effective before the factories had a chance to produce knock-off versions based on the movie itself.
Instead of a knock-off, I bought a rusty-brown vintage piece with an exaggerated collar—on-point; very Durden—and flapped, gusseted chest and hip pockets that weren't true to the costume design but really drove home the feel of the thing. The leather was kind of crappy, but serviceable. It kind of
Tyler Durden: bad politics, good jacket.
Because while Fight Club's toxic version of masculinity has never seemed more ridiculous—and thank god for that—the jacket still looks cool. That late-'60s/early-'70s vibe continues to rings true in men's style in 2019, whether you're looking to Gucci's tendency for maximalism or simply the reappearance of pleats, camp-collar shirts, and higher-rise jeans.
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