The apron hasn't been always been woman's thing. Actually, its official wearing by ladies began in the 17th century before that, it was used only by men. Blacksmiths, carvers, leather smiths, cobblers, metal forgers, fish mongers and clock makers were only a few jobs in which a sturdy apron was very useful for both protection and cleanliness.
Many jobs that required working with metals were quite dangerous and a thick, heavy leather apron could protect its wearer's body from sparks and the heat of the flames and blistering metals. These such aprons were typically made out of heavy leather but also duck cloth or canvas. Nowadays aprons are in fashion, brands like H.W. Carter & Sons, The Stronghold, Stanley & Sons and Gant Rugger they all bring fashion to your kitchen.