Readers, the quest is over. For months, I've been looking for the perfect black leather jacket, and I think I've found it--in Gap--of all places. Although it's lacking a hood, it's got everything else that I want: a bit of a sheen, a feminine cut, enough hardware to keep it from looking Macy's, and a modest price tag (marked down to $69.97). The victory party invitation will be sent out shortly.
(The picture does it no justice---my camera is on the repair, and I'm making do with a monster of a replacement)