Originating in 1948, the Rider jacket was created for Western riders and cowboys alike. Defined by a first-of-its-kind tailored fit and signature utilitarian details, what started out as workwear has since become a denim style essential synonymous with authentic American heritage and fashionable influence. Its year-round relevance and just the right amount of rebel attitude make the Rider jacket a wardrobe staple that will endure for generations to come. Others have tried to replicate, but there is only one original.


Lee has always been an American Original. For over 130 years, Lee has outfitted movers and makers of every generation with timeless style.

Each iconic “Lee Original” ignited a denim movement. And with time—they tell the story of those who wore them. Every tear, loose stitch and stain makes each garment as unique as its wearer.

The Rider jacket is no exception. Born in 1948, it quickly became an iconic piece of American workwear that would eventually go on to be worn by legends of style and culture. With its tailored fit, expert craftsmanship, quintessential Lee zig-zag stitching and adjustable waistband, the Rider is both functional and stylish—inside and out. Others have tried to duplicate, but there is only one original.

Lee Rider.