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Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

Got my Sugar Cane 2009s in the post this week-
Thanks Charles!
Wonderful jeans, and a very nice extra in the package. Very clever! And tasty...

I'm quite pleased to hear these worked out for you and were to your liking, Mr. R.  Thank you for being a valued customer.  Clap

And now you know why the newbies at HPA end up gaining weight after a few months ...
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This is the Eastman Leather Clothing USAC A-1 Capeskin Flying Jacket.  For those who care about true authenticity in a vintage-style garment, this A-1 copy can be counted among what may be only two other copies made in the world (both in Japan) directly patterned from a vintage A-1 jacket, which is due to the supreme scarcity of the A-1.   

This jacket is one of my personal favorites, having a classic, vintage design and being among the most comfortable, light-weight leather jackets one could hope to own, thanks to the capeskin fabrication.

Capeskin comes from a specific type of sheep from S. Africa that is renowned for its softness and smooth texture; it was once the premier leather used in making fine dress gloves and flying gloves.  Yet capeskin isn't at all delicate and it can take a lifetime of daily wear; and this is a jacket you'll want to wear daily due to how beautiful it looks and how comfortable it is, feeling as if you're wearing a chamois shirt or light-weight sweater, so this can be worn as part of an ensemble even indoors.  

The cut is trim but it is so comfortable, most body types can be successfully outfitted in this style. The jacket depicted is a size 40R, which grades longer in length of sleeve and body as the sizes get larger, and it is also available in long and extra-long fittings.  I'm 5' 9" tall, chest 40", waist 30", shirt sleeve 33", weight 147 lbs., and my build is best described as lean and athletic.

HPA has these in stock from sizes 36 - 48 in regular fittings.  You can see product details, detailed and larger images, fit tips, and product measurements on our website here:  


https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/original-maker/eastman-leather-clothing-usac-a-1-capeskin-flying-jacket/





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Here are fit images of me wearing the Buzz Rickson's Heavy-Weight N-1 jacket in khaki with brown alpaca fur and without the "U. S. N." stencil on the left breast, which is an HPA exclusive.  

The khaki version is the most popular of the two color options and it's looking fairly good that HPA will offer this item in size 46 beginning this fall 2015.  Presently, we offer sizes 38-44 and we are down to about one of each size left.

I'm wearing a size 38, which fits me quite well, I think, and which is very comfy.  Most customers wouldn't go down a size from their chest measure, so I am definitely in the minority:  chest 40", 5' 9" tall, waist 30", shirt sleeve 33", weight 147 lbs., lean, athletic build.  

Additional details and product measures can be found on our website here:  

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/buzz-ricksons-usnusmc/buzz-rickson-u-s-navy-khaki-n-1-heavy-deck-jacket-non-stenciled-hpa-edition/




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In the following fit images I'm wearing a size 38 Buzz Rickson William Gibson L-2B Light Flying Jacket, which I find is generous in cut ,thus enabling me to go down a size vs. the heavier MA-1 jacket.  The MA-1 and L-2B are often confused as the same jacket due to the similarities in design they share, but they are indeed different designs with different features and weights intended for different temperature ranges.

The L-2B is deliciously light weight, yet the nylon-and-wool lining allows it to be comfortably worn between 42 degrees F.  and 68 degrees F., making this an ideal jacket for spring and fall.  My build is as follows:  chest 40", 5' 9" tall, waist 30", shirt sleeve 33", weight 147 lbs., lean, athletic build.

The lining in this William Gibson edition is USAF blue as found in the L-2A jacket, which is quite attractive.  This L-2B is a one-time production under the William Gibson label and we are now down to the last of these jackets, so get your jacket for spring while stocks last (size 40 is now sold out).

Of course, more details can be found on our website, including product measures, detailed photos, and sizing tips:  

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/buzz-ricksons-william-gibson/buzz-rickson-william-gibson-l-2b-light-flying-jacket-black/




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We just received a full re-stock on Sugar Cane's Lone Wolf Engineer Boots in black and we can outfit sizes up to a USA 11 as measured on a Brannock device.  I don't know how much longer we will continue to offer the Lone Wolf footwear, as Japanese leather-welted footwear has the highest dutiable rate of any item we import (45%) and it takes up a good deal of storage space that could be better used to stock items that utilize less space and that sell more readily for less financial outlay.   

You can read more about these premium-quality boots and see detailed images on our website here:

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/sugar-cane-classic-boots/sugar-cane-lone-wolf-collection-engineer-boots-black-leather/ 


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It's hard to think of a casual jacket style much more iconic and influential to men's style than the A-2 leather flying jacket.  This model A-2 is our top seller. Both A-2s depicted are Eastman Rough Wear 27752 examples and both are size 40R. I'm doing the modeling and my body measures are as follows: 40" chest circumference, 30" waist, 5' 9" tall, 33” shirt sleeve, 147 lbs. with a lean, athletic build.

The used Rough Wear 27752 is from the very first batch of Eastman’s then-new War Horse, which we received in Feb. 2011. Please keep in mind that the wear and fading to the aniline dye coating took place mostly in the first 12 months of regular use and while exposed to a good deal of sunlight; though I’ve continued to wear this jacket, I typically wear a new jacket with extreme regularity for a year, then it goes into rotation among others in the wardrobe. I probably wore this A-2 twelve additional times when this photo series was taken, so please keep that in mind.

Also, this old(er) A-2 was produced from a highly veg-tanned horsehide, which I absolutely love with respect to the leather, but it falls into the category of being somewhat too stiff and heavy to be truly authentic, as well as having that pronounced squeak some veg-tanned hides readily yield. If the leather had been drummed longer, it would have been much more supple and provided a better drape as we typically see on vintage A-2s, and it should have been a wee bit less thick.

All subsequent Eastman A-2s in the new War Horse and Vintage War Horse hides have been in the perfect weight range and yield a fabulous drape as seen in the second set of photos of me wearing a new Rough Wear 27752 A-2 jacket, so these early Eastman forays into the newer War Horse leathers (as depicted below in my personal Rough Wear 27752) met the same problem with respect to weight as other high-end makers have suffered from; I suspect it’s not necessarily easy striking that perfect balance between the correct weight, hand, and drape, thus I tip my hat to any manufacturer in this business trying to find that perfect middle ground.

The “fit images” of the other Rough Wear 27752 seen here are from Eastman’s newer consignments. The hand, drape, and weight are beautifully matched to vintage specimens; the leather isn’t too stiff or thick, and the veg-tanned squeak was sorted out years ago after the first consignment. This size 40R weighs precisely 3 lbs. 4 ozs. – perfectly in the range of a vintage A-2 of the same approximate measurements.

You can see sizing tips, how we measure, product measurements, and other informative pieces of information on our website at the following link:

 

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/original-maker/usaaf-a-2-flying-jacket-rough-wear-clothing-co-contract-no-27752/

 








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Buzz Rickson’s USN Pre-WWII Pea Coat is a classic design done extremely well.  The hard-wearing, insulating 36-ounce Melton-wool exterior is matched to a spot-on rayon interior lining, and the overall design shape and fit can’t be improved upon.  The storm collar is substantial, looks great worn up, and it will stay up just as the collars on vintage coats do, thanks to the heavy buckram that is sandwiched inside the collar layers for strength and structure. 

Other original features include the heavy-weight corduroy used to line the pockets and that helps warm your hands in chilling winds, and the ten-button front with genuine urea buttons that feature thirteen stars on the outer perimeter surrounding the naval anchor, which preceded anchor motif sans stars on the buttons that was introduced in 1941.

This all-time classic is among our top-selling coats from Buzz Rickson’s, which was first introduced by them in 2007 and is now the least costly they have ever been since that date, thanks to the best exchange rate we’ve enjoyed between the yen and dollar in over eight years.

I'm doing the modeling in the following images and my body measures are as follows: 40" chest circumference, 30" waist, 5' 9" tall, 33” shirt sleeve, 147 lbs. with a lean, athletic build.  I wear a size 40 in this coat so that I can wear a heavy sweater or other like garments under it, but for the sake of these images where I’m wearing only a shirt and undershirt, I chose to wear a size 38 simply because it presented a crisper look even though it reflects a size that was quite snug; infinitely few customers would ever go down a size in this coat.

You can see sizing tips, how we measure, product measurements, and other informative pieces of information on our website at the following link:

 

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/buzz-ricksons-usnusmc/buzz-ricksons-pre-wwii-u-s-navy-pea-coat/build.

 

 


 



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The jacket depicted is an ELMC Windward in black horsehide that is fully vegetable tanned, fully aniline dyed, and imported from some of the finest leather country in the world for vegetable-tanned horsehide – Italy.  The Windward is a motorcycle jacket design from the 1940s as once produced by Montgomery Ward, so this is a dedicated reproduction and not fantasy.  The jacket is fully lined, including the sleeves, with a beautiful, rayon acetate diamond quilting backed with an all-wool fiber filling of 3mm depth, so it’s quite warm, yet due to the natural fibers, it breathes to preclude overheating. 

The overall design and cut is sensibly trim and flattering, allowing for layering of varying degrees depending on the size one may purchase.  This example seen here is a size 40R and only a Buzz Rickson’s Mock-Twist Chambray Shirt is being worn under it with an ELMC tee shirt.  All Windward jackets grade longer in length of sleeve and body as the sizes get larger; currently long fittings are not offered in this style. 

I'm 5' 9" tall, chest 40", waist 30", shirt sleeve 33", weight 148 lbs., and my build is best described as lean and athletic.

Personally, I am very fond of the jacket, which is very comfortable, fits sleekly without bulk or excess, allows some medium-weight layering, and provides a good range of movement and reach, largely due to the underarm gussets.

The ELMC jacket line is produced in a different manner than the Eastman line of jackets, so there will be fewer productions in a year (we’re only promised two with the unpromised hope to add others to top off stock), so there will be absences of select colors and styles over the course of time, no doubt.  We currently have Windwards in stock in both brown or black color choices, as well as other ELMC jackets styles and shirts. You can see product details, detailed and larger images, fit tips, and product measurements on our website here:

https://www.historypreservation.com/products-page/elmc-brands/elmc-windward-vintage-style-motorcycle-jacket-black/





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That pre-war p coat looks great, HPA, and that really is a very good price!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HPA REP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Apr 2015 at 12:05pm
Thank you, Mr. R!  But you surely must now realize that it is both my desire and duty to HPA via an ongoing presence here to further weaken those among us who suffer from the malaise of a clothes pony and who easily cave in to overt marketing and temptation of the finer things in life.  And because I also suffer from this affliction, I am better able to know what buttons to push for the desired result.  Does this make me a sadist of sorts? LOL
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