As kids, the word 鈥渕ine!鈥 entered our vocabularies shortly after 鈥渕om鈥 and 鈥渁vocado鈥 (what, that wasn鈥檛 your first word?). Our understanding of ownership then led us to declaring a best friend and letting the world know by way of BFF necklaces, friendship bracelets and dressing like twins (my bestie and I liked to switch right shoe for left so that we had mismatching pairs in true Punky Brewster form). Many of us never lost this childhood connection or the urge to proclaim best friendship, and we continue to see bestie designators in fashion today. In fact, just this week we saw some amazing best friend leather jackets at NYFW and knew we had to do a DIY copycat. The original jacket pair is marked at $1,000 (read: BANANAS), so put away your credit cards and read on for our $100 version. Your wallet and your best gal pal will thank you!



鈥 2 black leather jackets (we picked ours up at H&M)

鈥 paper

鈥 tailor鈥檚 chalk

鈥 white leather paint


鈥 pen

鈥 scissors

鈥 paint brushes (one thin, one thick)



1. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of a heart with the folded side in the center of the heart. Cut out your paper heart, unfold it and draw a zig zag line down the center. Cut down this jagged line.

2. Using tailor鈥檚 chalk, trace one heart half onto the back of a leather jacket. Trace the other half onto the second jacket. Add 鈥淏E鈥 鈥淔RI鈥 to one jacket and 鈥淪T鈥 鈥淓ND鈥 to the other.

3. Once you are happy with your heart and lettering, go over the chalk with leather paint. Let dry.


First we鈥檒l make a stencil so that the hearts are perfect. Using our favorite trick, fold the paper in half and draw half a heart with the center of the heart along the folded line. This will ensure you create a symmetrical shape. Cut out your half heart and unfold it to reveal a perfect heart shape. Draw a zig zag line down the center and then break that heart in half by cutting along the lines.


You鈥檙e almost finished 鈥 can you believe it? Trace each half heart onto the backs of your leather jackets using tailor鈥檚 chalk. Then add best friends by writing 鈥淏E鈥 and 鈥淔RI鈥 on one half heart and 鈥淪T鈥 and 鈥淓NDS鈥 on the other. Go over your chalk with leather paint, choosing the paint brush that best suits the thickness of your lines.


Let these puppies dry and then gift one to your favorite lady.


What other NYFW copycats would you like to see on the site? Share your ideas in the comments and show us your projects using the hashtags #britstagram and #iamcreative.

DIY Production: Kelly Bryden
Styling: Kate Puhala
Photography: Chris Andre
Modeling: Krystle Cho and Andrea Kasprzak