One of the most popular varsity, bomber jacket is also the most difficult to replica. Here are your replica options, along with a comparison to the real thing.
Saint Laurent is a luxury fashion house well-known for its modern, edgier aesthetic. Seasonally, Saint Laurent delivers a wide range of clothing that the fans of the brand adore. For a date, a night out, or a business meeting; there is nothing quite like the style and coolness of Saint Laurent.
Saint Laurent’s Teddy Jacket is one of the brand’s most popular inventions. Its design is based on a classic varsity jacket. It has become one of the most popular silhouettes for both men and women from this brand. It is a part of Saint Laurent’s permanent collection. Many celebrities have been seen wearing the Teddy Jacket from time to time. Since its launch, it has been worn by The Drums’ lead singer Jonny Pierce, fashion model Hailey Baldwin, actress Hilary Duff, fashion model Gigi Hadid, actress Cara Delevingne, and many others. Teddy Jacket was initially sold in black and navy color, but since Spring 2017 it is available in new bright pink version. It also costs around $2,400.
SLP Teddy maintains the traditional sport-luxe appeal. It features supple leather trims to the shoulders and a heavier weight wool-blend. The jacket is stripped ribbing to the hem, cuffs, and collar. It is finished with press stud closure and has leather welt pockets to the front. Teddy Wool Bomber Jacket is exactly cut like a bomber but it also features varsity styling when it comes to the shoulders. The wool it is made of is lightweight and warm.
Teddy Jacket Replicas
Because of high demand and popularity of the YSL Teddy Jacket, many other fashion labels revisited it in their own ways. Apart from this, there are a variety of replicas available on the market as well. Mostly, the Teddy Jacket replicas are sold on online stores such as Taobao. You can get a SLP Teddy replica in a relatively cheaper price. The quality of the replicas varies depending on the price of the item. But none of them seem to match the retail version’s high-quality.
Some consumers have purchased the replicas from Taobao and have posted their experience on Reddit. Most of them are quite impressed with the quality. According to them, the sizing of the Teddy Jacket Replica is about the same as the original one. However, there is a difference in fabric used. Although, the fabric used in replica is not as good as the one used in the original, it is still worth the price to many.
There are some high-quality replicas available on the market as well. You won’t find any obvious flaws in them. Of course, there are some differences e.g. no SLP marking on the inside button, the inside pockets are a little different. You may find that the replica doesn’t have fabric lining in the inside pockets while the original has a horizonal fabric lining on both sides. Apart from this, the neck opening is smaller when buttoned up. When it comes to leather, it is less creased as compared to the original. While there are certain differences between the original and replicas, the demand for Teddy Jacket Replicas is still very high.
It should be noted that Saint Laurent updated their jackets throughout the years, with less thick wool material. Some claim this is closer to the replicated versions.
The Best Replicas
It should be noted that it’s unlikely you will ever get the same wool quality as the original retail version. While you might fool someone that your rep is real just by looking at it, the feel and texture can’t be done using cheap materials. There’s no getting around it, if you want pristine quality, you should buy the real thing.
1. Davie’s Clock (DVSCLK) Taobao Teddy
At the price and being so close to the original, this is currently the best replica out there. It’s a shame the buttons make such a loud ratting sound. You might be able to fix this yourself.
You can get this jacket custom tailored, at no extra cost. You can even pick colors. We tried it, asking for a 46 sized body with 48 arms and Davies provided what we asked for. A highly recommended feature as Teddy’s tend to be difficult to fit with its boxy design.
- Medium thickness.
- High quality wool texture.
- Rough touch.
- Owners of the retail version has said this is very close to the original.
- Pocket placement, length of arms and general fit is very close to the retail jacket.
- Custom fitted, where you can send in your measurements.
- Davies claim they use in-house tailors, and not sweatshop workers.
- Off-white stripes, but not cream colored as retail. Has promised to update this in the coming batches. Update: Davies has now fixed this, as all jackets going forward have the right colored stripes.
- Rattling buttons.
- 3-4 weeks wait time.
- The store has a low Taobao score and they don’t accept returns unless there is a major quality issue.
- Overall, it doesn’t replicate the retail version perfectly. But no rep does.
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2. Richchigga’s Taobao Teddy
If you think $140 is a bit too much, this seems to be an alternative. Richchigga has generally a good reputation for their Saint Laurent copies.
- Looks to be very close, if not the same batch, as David Clock’s version.
- Fast shipping.
- I haven’t had this in hand, which makes it difficult to guarantee anything.
3. Reondistrict’s Teddy
This Reon version isn’t considerably of much higher quality than the cheaper alternatives. Reon is known to be a bit more expensive than other Saint Laurent reps and this is no different.
- Thick and heavy.
- High quality wool texture close to the original.
- Pocket placement, length of the arms and real leather details.
- It’s expensive while still not being perfect.
- Button placements are slightly off.
- Some reports claim it collects a lot of dust.
- Pros: Incredibly cheap, with correct pocket placement.
- Cons: Cheap materials, with a very wide fit, wrong arm length and it’s likely not real leather.
Libety’s mid-range priced Teddy
Update: Currently out of stock and Libety says it’s not coming back anytime soon.
- Pros: Wool texture is of high-quality and very close to the retail version which is rare among the many replicas.
- Cons: Some have complained about an ill fit according users on Reddit. Minor nitpicks like pocket and button placement. It’s also known to collect dust easily.
Believe_jb’s SLP Teddy Jacket
$133, WeChat user, Photos
- Pros: Similar to Libety’s version with high-quality wool.
- Cons: Seller is only available through private chat and is known for delayed shipping. A member on Reddit says “The shape is too fat, also the pocket placement is a little too low. Arm length not long enough.”
The “299 yuan batch SLP Teddy”
- Pros: Cheap, and has the grey variant available.
- Cons: Wrong wool texture.
Other notable sellers
La Califfa, a seller which requires WeChat, is supposedly similar to the mid-range version. The replica community has also stated that a seller called Kappla used to sell the best version, but they’ve closed down. And we can now add Libety to the list of sellers who stopped carrying the Teddy replicas.
The rep seems bulky and too wide?
The Teddy is itself has a square fit to it, while according to many, should at the same time have a tight fit. It’s not all too easy to make to pull this off when ordering online. Consider to always size down when ordering yours.
But always check the length of the arms as they should be considerably longer than the jacket itself.
Why should I buy the retail version when these are considerably cheaper?
While not getting into the ethics, and work labor conditions, you’re not getting the same high quality wool texture or leather as YSL’s official version. And if you live near a store you can easily pop in to find your size. It’s especially difficult to order the Teddy online since the fit has such a unique look.
The David’s Clock version is your best choice when it comes to buying a fake Teddy at the moment. And then there’s the more obvious choice, buying the real thing.