Her father's shearling jacket

Worn for 20 years


Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Alexandra Reghioua. I am a Creative Director in the Luxury industry. I love my job: I tell stories.

Could you introduce us to this piece? Where does it come from? How old is it?
It's a shearling leather jacket that must be from the 70s. I've been wearing it since I was 15, so it's already been with me for 20 years…

Did it belong to someone else before you? Did you buy it for yourself? Why did you buy it? How did you find it?
This jacket belonged to my father. I first discovered it when I was about 11 years old. It was stored in a large wardrobe with forgotten coats at my grandmother's house.

Do you remember the first time you wore it?
The first time I was able to wear it was the winter of my 15th birthday. I put it on proudly to meet up with friends in the middle of a frosty Saturday.

What are your memories of this piece?
The first memory that comes to my mind is the day I discovered it : I'm eleven years old, I'm wearing this jacket for the first time, and I have to admit it - I don't have the stature to wear it. It's too big for me. I ritualised this fitting at the beginning of each winter until it fell perfectly on my shoulders. You could say that I literally and figuratively grew up in this jacket.

Are there any signs of wear and tear? Have you already repaired this piece?
It is immaculate, except for the collar, which is a little tarnished by the years.

When do you usually wear it? Do you remember when you last wore it?
It's a jacket that I've worn for a very long time, and I realise as I write these lines that I don't wear it often enough anymore.