Vladimir Putin has been known for many things. President, shirtless horseback rider, meme inspiration…and now you can add fashion muse to the list, seriously. In honor of his 65th birthday on October 7th, English brand Matchless London announced him as the muse behind their new hi-tech leather jacket and upcoming capsule collection set for a January 2018 release.
The iconic English brand is known for their motorcycles and riding apparel, so what inspired them to pick the Russian leader? Putin seemed like the right choice due to his mysterious persona and stern ruling abilities. “Matchless London is famous for its luxury jackets inspired by real and fictional super heroes – from Marlon Brando to Arnold Schwarzenegger and from Batman to James Bond, we consider Russian President Vladimir Putin a modern super hero as well, giving personal respect to his strong character, brutal image, sense of humor and calmness as a world leader,” expressed Matchless managing director, Manuele Malenotti.
Opened in 1899, Matchless have been creating motorcycles for over 117 years and were even the first motorcycle company to create biker apparel. Since then they've been dressing everybody from Tom Hardy to the Pope. Their previous "Hero" capsule collections include homages to the Suicide Squad, The Terminator, The Avengers, and 007 James Bond himself.
What else can we expect to see in the collection?
More jackets, parkas and coats that will be released in January 2018 for their 2018/2019 collection. While the combination seems far-fetched, Putin shares a lot in common with the Matchless customer. Still riding motorcycles and horses (shirtless), in his mid-60’s, Putin does embody the epitome of a badass.