Cover Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Neo (Keanu Reeves) in 'The Matrix' (Photo: Warner Brothers)

The original 'Matrix' film put long black leather coats on the fashion map, and while still iconic, this is the next generation of leather coats you need to have

You don’t need to have seen The Matrix to recognise the looks made so popular by the film: Long leather trench coats and tiny sunglasses, both in black, were worn by Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) during the pivotal scenes of the movie.

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This look is being revived in the latest film, The Matrix Resurrections, and the sweeping coats paired with slick hairdos and leather boots continue to exude that early-aughts-digital-dystopia feel.

In 2021, leather coats have been given an upgrade, both in colour and style. No longer are black or maroon the only options, nor are slim-fitting coats—there’s puffers, piping and patchwork to explore, and these are our five picks of the best leather coats you should own.

1. Saks Potts

Best known for their leather coats with furry trim, their foray into simple styles is just as memorable. This electric blue coat with white contrast piping is a modern twist on a classic style, and the black buttons are an edgy touch.

2. Khaite

This is a very voluminous version of the long black coat immortalised by The Matrix—it’s quite a different look from the uber-cool gun slinging Neo, and more burnt marshmallow, but still a look nonetheless.  This puffer style is perfect for cold days, and the leather ensures that you won’t lose any warmth.

3. Deadwood

One of key themes of The Matrix is choosing between the real and artificial world. Now this trench coat isn’t made from real leather, but sustainable cactus leather instead. This is becoming more popular as an alternative material, and this punchy shade of cactus green is a reminder of the possibilities that can become a reality through technology.

4. Frankie Shop

Another faux option, this crisp white leather jacket has all the nostalgia of the ’90s and ’00s. With clean lines, oversized shoulders and classic details, this jacket is reminiscent of the white twin henchmen in The Matrix Reloaded—without the murderous tendencies.

5. Marine Serre

If you can’t decide on one colour, go for all of them. This brown patchwork coat features interesting panelling all over the arms and body, with the brand’s crescent moon detailed on the chest and collar. Made of deadstock leather, this coat is the future of production processes, while being a fabulous item.

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