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Topic: Leather Jackets
Posted By: hollows
Subject: Leather Jackets
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 3:53pm
As recommended by some folks in the LVC thread, lets try out a thread for leather jackets.

Just this evening I discovered the ANJ-4, a flight jacket model that I was previously unaware of.  Lookout, pocketbook:


Let's see some more.


(edit below from mr randal)

A few links to manufacturers/designers of repro and vintage inspired leather jackets:

http://aeroleatherclothing.com" rel="nofollow - Aero Leather Co. (UK)
http://www.billkelsomfg.com/site/#!home" rel="nofollow - Bill Kelso MFG Co.(Greece)
http://www.buzzricksons.com" rel="nofollow - Buzz Rickson (Toyo) (JP)
http://www.cockpitusa.com/store/" rel="nofollow - Cockpit (The) (USA)
http://www.goodwearleather.com/pages/index.html" rel="nofollow - Goodwear Leather (USA)
http://www.eastmanleather.com" rel="nofollow - Eastman Leather Clothing (UK)
http://www.filmjackets.com" rel="nofollow - Filmjackets.com (USA)
http://www.freewheelers.co.jp/collection/10_12-13_fw/index.html" rel="nofollow - Freewheelers/Bootleggers/Hipsters Reunion (Japan)
http://www.gibson-barnes.com/dept-293832/Leather-Jackets.html" rel="nofollow - Gibson & Barnes (USA)
http://www.himelbros.com" rel="nofollow - Himel Brothers (CA)
http://www.jelado.co.jp" rel="nofollow - Jelado (JP)
http://www.langlitz.com" rel="nofollow - Langlitz (USA)
http://lewisleathers.com" rel="nofollow - Lewis Leathers (UK)
http://www.lostworldsinc.com" rel="nofollow - Lost Worlds (USA)
http://www.levisxx.com" rel="nofollow - Levi's Vintage Clothing (USA)
http://www.realmccoys.co.jp" rel="nofollow - Real McCoys/The Few (JP)
http://www.ralphlauren.com/frontdoor/index.jsp" rel="nofollow - RRL/Polo (USA)
http://www.schottnyc.com/?gclid=CKaN3pmRybQCFUlxQgodVmEA3w" rel="nofollow - Schott NYC (USA)
http://superiorjackets.com" rel="nofollow - Superior Flight Apparel 



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Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 4:53pm
smartest design of the heavy weight shearling jackets IMO.  

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Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 6:07pm
I think I just need to figure out which repro has the smallest collar.  Some of them are over the top, but I really like the detailing.  Hidden knit cuffs and extra panels on the outside of the sleeve are both really cool.

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Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 10:12pm
Hollows, the ANJ-4 is great. You might also check out the M444. This one was posted at the Iron Heart forum. Small collar, hidden knit cuffs and diamond patches on the sleeves.

http://www.ironheart.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=914.msg225502#msg225502" rel="nofollow - http://www.ironheart.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=914.msg225502#msg225502

Pics are followed by some discussion on it vs. the M445 and other cold weather flight jackets......


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 1:45pm

Not only LVC has a (Menlo) Cossack



but also Himel Brothers



Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 2:00pm

Similar to the Cossack is the Heron (from my layman's eye).

Here sported nicely by Drew Nigel Cabourn. Zissou at SF pointed at that some weeks ago.

If I'm not mistaken they're both similar to the A-1.

And this A-1 by Leather Togs Mfg. by Freewheelers fits in this grouping, too, I think.

I also saw a nice one from Japanese Walk On, but it seems to be pre-distressed/washed.




Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 2:14pm

Actually I checked a bit more and it seems that the Cossack hadn't been that pre-distressed.

The guys from the shop experimented and washed one.

You can see it here. I somehow cannot link to the pics.

http://ameblo.jp/walkon4143/entry-11290339397.html" rel="nofollow - http://ameblo.jp/walkon4143/entry-11290339397.html

In the top pic is the washed one. I had first only seen that and thought the jacket would look like that.

But below one can see the comparisons of the washed and not-washed ones.





Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 2:42pm
For civilian A-1s, the Himel Heron, IMHO, takes the cake. Haven't seen anything comparable. (although there was a a rumor that Aero would be doing something similar......). The LVC and Walk On are all thinner hides and lack some of the superb details of the Heron (like the scalloped waist etc.).

Although not an A-1, the new Freewheelers "Dust Bowl" has some of the styling of an A-1. Buttons, knit collar. I prefer a "civilian" jacket like this over the original military version.







http://www.freewheelers.co.jp/collection/10_12-13_fw/index.html

Not sure what the term "cossack" actually signifies. Seems to be used for a wide range of jackets.....


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 2:48pm
I've always thought Eastman make a great ANJ-4 and would be where I'd go.

http://www.eastmanleather.com/product_info.php?products_id=177

The only one I've seen first hand belongs to a friend of mine made by Lostworlds that is excellent. Really made me want one!


Posted By: silencejoe
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 1:21am
A1 from LVC and HB












Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 30 Dec 2012 at 4:03pm
Originally posted by silencejoe silencejoe wrote:

A1 from LVC and HB




I've always thought your taste in jackets was superb, right up there with AFUSMCs.


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 30 Dec 2012 at 4:17pm
This is the leather jacket I'm obsessed with currently- the Elkhorn jacket from RRL's last season. Cowhide with flannel lining:











I know this wont be to everybody here's liking, as it is distressed and some bros seem to dislike RRL on principle, which feeling I have a little of myself.
 I think this is one of the best distressed jackets I've ever handled, though. The leather is grainy and has the right bit of lightening along the seams and darkening in protected areas, but without any simulated sun fading, crease marks, or faux repairs.
 The lining is a nice thick richly colored flannel that goes well with the leather color/texture and is cut in an interesting way- you can see in the last photo above that it is cut in a complex pattern that really hugs the line of the leather shell.
 Very comfortable and pliable right off the bat, but since it doesn't have any artificial body shape from the wash,I am thinking it should still meld to the wearer's body shape and age more like an undistressed jacket.


Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2012 at 1:08pm
This question was asked of mr randal in the LVC thread, 'Which leather conditioner do you use?' and I thought it would be good to list some here in this thread too.
I have, over several years now, come to really like the leather balsam made by Renapur. My Mom actually bought some at the Royal Cornwall Show many, many years ago and when ever I was home I'd use it on whatever leather items I had with me. It does an awesome job of conditioning and waterproofing and when applied properly is never greasy. Unlike some more well known products it leaves a nice soft, slightly shiny finish that doesn't dry out the surface and go 'squeaky'.
It's now available in the U.S. at http://us.renapur.com/" rel="nofollow - http://us.renapur.com/


Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2012 at 1:17pm
And for good measure, here's a picture of my favorite leather jacket that just got a going over with Renapur. A Star Sportswear G-1 that is as old as I am (44yrs old).




Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 11:29pm
I've added some links to some of the better known repro and vintage inspired leather jacket manufacturers/designers to hollows first post in this thread. Let me know if there are other companies that should be added.


Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 6:33am
Thedi leathers (Greece)
Superior Flight Apparel (US)

Both companies make great vintage inspired jackets and are are good to deal with.

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Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 6:42am
A jacket I had made by Superior Flight Apparel. 




Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 6:58am
V nice

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Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 11:09am
Superior is starting on a d pocket flight jacket for me when the horsehide comes in mid month. Very excited.

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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 11:41am
Originally posted by deluxestyling deluxestyling wrote:

A jacket I had made by Superior Flight Apparel. 




What kind of leather?


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 12:38pm
Goatskin. More pics...



Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 12:43pm
Originally posted by johnb johnb wrote:

Superior is starting on a d pocket flight jacket for me when the horsehide comes in mid month. Very excited.

I have two half belt D-pocket Aviator jackets from Superior Flight Apparel. A black one in horse hide and a two tone brown goatskin. Both are wonderful!

I'll get some pics up soon.


Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 1:10pm
Excited to see the pictures of the Superior flight jackets.

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Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 7:47am
This is the Italian horse hide half belt Superior made for me.



Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 8:27am
Deluxe, what was the price range on the jackets? If you don't mind telling?


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 8:37am
The last half belt I bought was £610 including postage with the US. 


Posted By: Bords
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 8:39am
Getting started with a Superior FA jacket here as well (Seal horse, A1 variant)


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 10:31am
Here's the two tone brown goatskin half belt. 



Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 12:01pm
got any fit pictures. i am finalizing mine. Would be very helpful to see it on

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Posted By: Bords
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 12:40pm
Is the darker goat on that two tone jacket dark seal brown?  That's the color I'm hoping I can get on my A-1 in horse, dark seal, almost black.  Also what is that label sewn into the inside of the pocket?  Nice jacket!  


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 12:48pm
Totally blown away by these jackets.  I live in Minneapolis and had no idea this company existed.

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Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 1:04pm
The main colour is mid russet and the darker panels are the same goatskin redyed to a seal brown tone. 

I had first wanted black but after some test pictures I settled for the seal brown. 




Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 1:06pm
Originally posted by johnb johnb wrote:

got any fit pictures. i am finalizing mine. Would be very helpful to see it on

I'll get some fit picture as soon as possible.


Posted By: SLAB2
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 2:22pm
really looking forward to the fit pictures; that black aviator jacket is exactly what I have been looking for (but then in seal brown horsehide). Is it a custom model you asked them to do or something that is in their range of available type jackets?


Posted By: robroy
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 5:35pm
Deluxestyling, I've lusted over your aviator way back when First posted over at vintageengineerboots. Lets see those fit pics!


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2013 at 7:57am
Okay here are those fit pics. Not great quality pictures but you can see how the jackets are on.



Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 4:42pm
Those look great, deluxe!
I particularly like the back construction on those.
And I also had never heard of the company before.

1933s? 201s?


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 4:54pm
I like seeing all of the interest in A-1s around here, that's always been a favorite style for me.
 This is my all time favorite A-1 repro, from Polo of all places. Funny how really nice vintage jacket styles that border on straight reproduction will every once in a while surface in the Polo line.











This is the best repro of a very early civilian A-1 style jacket I've ever seen. Exceeds any of the LVC offerings. The leather isn't specified on the tag, but from handling it I would guess it was mid-weight sheepskin. The only way that it differs from an original that I can see is that the sleeves are lined with viscose, which makes it a lot easier to get on & off. The wash is great too- a few believable repaired cuts, sun bleaching, even water stains along the inside of the sleeves. Everything you would expect on a well-preserved original from that era except for actual dirt!
 
Here are some examples of similar era A-1 types I lifted from the Lightning leather jacket issue:









Posted By: srgprod
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 5:36pm
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

I like seeing all of the interest in A-1s around here, that's always been a favorite style for me.
 This is my all time favorite A-1 repro, from Polo of all places. Funny how really nice vintage jacket styles that border on straight reproduction will every once in a while surface in the Polo line.



 

I have that jacket. It's heavy duty Elkskin. I believe it retailed new for $ 1,495.00. It is indeed an amazing reproduction. The details and construction are as good as you will find anywhere. Unfortunately for me, its too tight after gaining some weight this year. If anyone wants it, size large, please contact me. 


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 2:28am
Thanks. Superior Flight Apparel is a one man band part time company owned by Mark Fisher. The website isn't great and hasn't been updated for a while as Mark has plans to re-launch the business with a new profile, name and website as well as going full time with it. 

That back design was copied from a couple of pictures I scanned from Rin Tanaka's superb books. Mark also offered up some good ideas and was happy to design and make these jackets using his standard aviator half belt design adding my ideas into it with only pictures to go on. 

 

He is good friends with John Chapman from Good Wear Leather who must be a considerate help with the complexity involved in making reproduction leather jackets.


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 4:07am
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

Those look great, deluxe!
I particularly like the back construction on those.
And I also had never heard of the company before.

1933s? 201s?

Yes they're '33 LVC. 38W 38L tagged, 36W 35L actual. Not easy to find that leg length nowadays.


Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 6:44am
Looking great Steve! Smile

[QUOTE=deluxestyling] Okay here are those fit pics. Not great quality pictures but you can see how the jackets are on.

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Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 6:54am
Here's my latest leather jacket purchase....1920's/1930's MW horsehide/barnstormer:



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Posted By: SLAB2
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 2:55pm
love the fit on that aviator deluxe;contacted Mark already, he'll send me a sample of the seal brown horsehide leather


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 3:16pm
Originally posted by SLAB2 SLAB2 wrote:

love the fit on that aviator deluxe;contacted Mark already, he'll send me a sample of the seal brown horsehide leather

Nice one SLAB2. His hides are fantastic, I'm sure you'll be impressed. Good luck!


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2013 at 11:15pm
 
February 1942_Detroit_Michigan


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 13 Jan 2013 at 2:45pm
Bought this from a good friend last week. Horse hide AN-J-A3 made by The Few.



Posted By: SLAB2
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2013 at 3:44am
great purchase deluxe! how many leather jackets do you own?


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2013 at 4:23am
Beautiful piece deluxe


Posted By: deluxestyling
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2013 at 5:00am
Thanks guys. 

SLAB if you ask my girlfriend she'd say too many. No such thing!

Bad new is I tried on that LVC Menlo jacket last weekend and I liked it a lot so the collection is going to grow by one more soon.


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 7:39am

Has anyone got experience with the Wested Indy jackets?

Sounds pretty good:

made in UK

veg tanned leather (not sure if all leathers)

for 180GBP a reasonable price


Of course this is not for the people who want a historically correct item or a very thick, heavy leather (apparently the leather is rather light weight).

But I've seen some pics and they seem to age pretty nicely.



Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 6:26am
Has anyone bought from spearhead militaria before? While not leather, I'm quite taken with their wool A1's. Even more taken with the price.

http://www.spearheadmilitaria.com/pre-ww2-us-army-air-corps-wool-a1-flight-jacket-44-p-2368.html

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Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 1:44pm

It looks very nice.

It'd be good to know what fabric outer and lining are.

And the price is like 10% of the very nice Esemplare Brayden Jacket:

http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/254" rel="nofollow - http://www.benchandloom.com/shop/jackets-coats/254




Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2013 at 2:15pm
It says the outer is wool but doesn't specify if that's 100%. I'll drp them a message.

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Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 8:48am

I don't know what your size is but at Esemplare they have the jacket for around 300 EUR on sale.

Most sizes are gone but in dark green they have still L and XL. The jacket fits quite small:

http://shop.esemplare.com/en_US/web/esemplareec/detail?nodeId=EAI12EE01E22M62001&listURL=/en_US/web/esemplareec%3Fpage%3D1%26slideshow%3Dtrue%26itemsPerPage%3D6%26itemNumber%3D20&activeColor=" rel="nofollow - http://shop.esemplare.com/en_US/web/esemplareec/detail?nodeId=EAI12EE01E22M62001&listURL=/en_US/web/esemplareec%3Fpage%3D1%26slideshow%3Dtrue%26itemsPerPage%3D6%26itemNumber%3D20&activeColor=




Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 8:55am
B6 Jacket hand made by John Chapman at Goodwear Leather in Seattle. New old stock talon zippers.

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Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 8:57am


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Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 8:59am
New Old Stock Talon Zippers

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Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 9:01pm
1st time posting in this forum- sorry for bumping this from a few pages back, but wanted to say that Deluxestying's work with Mark on this aviator d-pocket is soo damn perfect that Mark is in the process of making me the same jacket, but with a ball chain puller on the d-pocket and in US tanned chrome HH (a new tannery he and JC recently "discovered"). This is everything I've been looking for in a civvy jacket. As close to a perfect pattern as they come IMO. Tho I always say that until I take receipt of the jacket, then am immediately lusting for my next one (e.g. Himel's button Heron in seal hh or goat, which if anyone is selling in a 42, hit me up Wink)
 
Good looking out, Deluxestyling!
 
Cheers,
Bret
Originally posted by deluxestyling deluxestyling wrote:

This is the Italian horse hide half belt Superior made for me.



Posted By: 58panheadfan
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 2:16am
Not everyone's taste, but it was a long time on my wishlist...  :-*

Warehouse Co. x Heller's Cafe;

HC-053 Sheepskin & Horsehide 'Grizzly' Sports Jacket














Posted By: the bandanna almanac
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 5:05am
Originally posted by 58panheadfan 58panheadfan wrote:

Not everyone's taste, but it was a long time on my wishlist...  :-*

Warehouse Co. x Heller's Cafe;

HC-053 Sheepskin & Horsehide 'Grizzly' Sports Jacket












Now that is an iconic jacket. A proper leather piece!


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 5:28am

Beautiful lining. Reminds me a bit of the Brown's Beach cloth.



Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 7:05am
Grizzzzzz


Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 7:07am
I gotta say, this is the most "wearable" looking grizzly i think I've seen. Beautiful jacket, congrats!


Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 8:20am
Well as we are talking 'long time wish list' status that has just been fulfilled, a late 40's or early 50's Horsehide has been on mine for quite awhile. I was going to look for one again next weekend at Inspiration/Rose Bowl. However I went in to check on the new stock at my favorite local vintage store a couple weeks ago and lo and behold.









When found, it needed a little tlc so I gave it a good conditioning and did some home repairs on the lining and now I think it's a thing of beauty. I paid way less than a modern repro would of cost and less than ebay wants for similar and it was found within 5 minutes walking distance from my house. Big smile


Posted By: 58panheadfan
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 8:38am
Originally posted by bretron bretron wrote:

I gotta say, this is the most "wearable" looking grizzly i think I've seen. Beautiful jacket, congrats!


Thanks man, for sure not the Original but a Clone...

Also check out Rin Tanaka's Book Motorcycle Jackets "A Century of Leather Design", page 37 Wink







Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 9:46am
Killer find devilish! I've also enjoyed your pics of that jacket on Instagram.



Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 9:57am
A classic wardrobe must for any vlj fanatic. Great score!

Half belt back and side cinch I presume?

Originally posted by devilish devilish wrote:

Well as we are talking 'long time wish list' status that has just been fulfilled, a late 40's or early 50's Horsehide has been on mine for quite awhile. I was going to look for one again next weekend at Inspiration/Rose Bowl. However I went in to check on the new stock at my favorite local vintage store a couple weeks ago and lo and behold.









When found, it needed a little tlc so I gave it a good conditioning and did some home repairs on the lining and now I think it's a thing of beauty. I paid way less than a modern repro would of cost and less than ebay wants for similar and it was found within 5 minutes walking distance from my house. Big smile




Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 10:37am
^Yep, exactly. I should have posted a back shot, oh well.


Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 10:50am
great looking half belt.  I'd guess more 50's than 40's with that right brass talon.  

near perfect example of what short waisted half belt should look like. 


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Posted By: devilish
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2013 at 11:15am
I figure it's from the 50's too, I meant that I was looking for something from either era. Something from the 40's would've been great obviously but this ticks every box I was after so I'm just as happy.


Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2013 at 10:24pm
Man, I was praying that no one else was onto this score, but alas they were
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Antique-1920s-Suede-Leather-Motorcycle-Aviator-Side-Buckle-Jacket-/150987645115" rel="nofollow - 30s civilian A1 shawl collar


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2013 at 1:21am
^^ That's perfect. Me want! 


Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2013 at 6:11am
+1 very cool jacket


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 9:28am

Here's a used  Levis jacket in a 70s style.

It's made in the UK by Aero.

It looks pretty cool worn in.



Aero is still offering the exact same jacket.

It's called the Hippy 

Freewheelers also has a similar one.




Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 6:39am
Does anyone have any experience replacing cuffs on vintage G-1 Jacket? I am also looking for someone who can do the work?

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Posted By: rayw44
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 6:59am
I've been told Aero is the best for that sort of thing, but I used US Wings to repair a Brill Bros. G-1 (not the greatest maker, and the age was likely only 70s at best) and they did a decent job for my purposes and for only $60. The stitching isn't perfect, but the jacket does have new, uneaten, cuffs.  
http://www.uswings.com/repair.asp" rel="nofollow - http://www.uswings.com/repair.asp
 
You can probably find others who can do the repair for you for a cheaper price and quicker time turnover than Aero, but if it's a valuable older piece you are probably better off taking it to Aero over anyone else.


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 7:12am
Originally posted by johnb johnb wrote:

Does anyone have any experience replacing cuffs on vintage G-1 Jacket? I am also looking for someone who can do the work?

If you're in the US, I'd give John Chapman a call at Goodwear Leather.  Might be quicker and cheaper (with no loss in quality), than trying to ship to the Uk.  Not sure if John takes on repair work though, since he's probably up to his ears with normal production.   


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Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2013 at 7:25am
Thanks guys!

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Posted By: proulxsie
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2013 at 9:38am
Has anyone seen this women's Levi's Made & Crafted Jacket in real life?  Most of the time the quality and fit isn't worth the price for that line, wondering if it's worth trying to seek it out:





Otherwise I guess I'll keep looking!


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Posted By: rayw44
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2013 at 10:41am
You may want to look for it. I have only handled a few pieces from LMC, but some of them have been quite nice. I have an indigo duck Type II jacket that I really love from them, and maybe this jacket falls into the very nice category of their goods.


Posted By: SLAB2
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2013 at 12:04pm
I just informed with Aero for replacing the wool knits on my A2; its 80£ for all of them; 3 months waiting time


Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 8:09am
Eastman is probably worth it for an Eastman Jacket, since they are a thing of beauty and pure craftsmanship. 3 months is long time but I guess if you do it over the summer months not too bad. I sent my G-1 korean war era jacket off to US flight jackets in Ohio on Friday they charge $140 US and turn around is approximately two weeks. I did find a local business in midtown New York called Superior Leather but they wanted $300! I'll post pictures of jacket once its back. Thanks for all the advice.

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Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 8:16am

John, which current A-2 and/or G1 would you recommend for a trimmer fit? And with sufficient back length?


I've been looking at Eastman A-2s since they offer the option of large and extra large for longer back and sleeves. Not sure yet which model and which leather, though.

And Aero used to do individual adaptations. Not sure though if they still do that.



Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 4:20pm
I would contact John at Goodwear leather. He makes the best jackets on the planet and is very knowledgable. I went with the Weber. Its a slim fit. John make his jackets to order so you should be able to get a 'longer' back. Goodwear is the place to go for A-2s.

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Posted By: robroy
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 5:31pm
John's prices just took a (steep) rise. His work is fantastic and while he's still the best others like aero and Eastman make very nice models too. If your looking for trim my suggestion in an aero is a Bronco model. Much less volume in the body than some of the others. And aero will alter (to a point, they are trying to get away from that) length being an easy alteration will be accommodated.


Posted By: SLAB2
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2013 at 11:38pm
indigoeagle, for a trim fit you should either get what robroy suggested (the Bronco), the Aero 38 or the 1756; these are all quite trim but as  with other A-2 models length is rather short.

Goodwear is the very best but not affordable for everyone (at least not for me).


Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2013 at 3:22am

Thanks for the helpful replies, guys.

I've heard of John Chapman's good works. His jackets look amazing. But currently they not justifiable to me.

Aero sounds the way to go with their flexibility in length, might also try a ELC in long or extra long.




Posted By: bretron
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2013 at 7:13am
Me personally I'd go for a Bill Kelso if GW is out of the running. Andy has really stepped his game up interns of contract accuracy and material quality. As for trim fitting contracts, both the Bronco and 38 Aero are great options, but don't rule out a Monarch or any pre-war contracts (eg Werbers). I'm currently in month 12 of the queue for my next GW; I've changed my mind about 3dozen times on what to order, but all things considered have settled on a Dubow 27798 in seal with purple knits and light tan stitching like this beauty



Also note that John is willing to make slight fit mods to tailor the fit more to ones liking


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 12:33pm
Found this incredible jacket on tumblr:


Anyone making something like this still?


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Posted By: *lefty*
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 12:48pm
It's a Luftwaffe jacket. Here's the ebay.uk auction link
  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vtg-30s-WW2-German-LUFTWAFFE-Tunic-HORSEHIDE-Leather-Pilot-Motorcycle-Jacket-/230851109204?nma=true&si=Wjj6SH%252FF8U1fCWyp%252BdXGUcV21G8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557" rel="nofollow - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vtg-30s-WW2-German-LUFTWAFFE-Tunic-HORSEHIDE-Leather-Pilot-Motorcycle-Jacket-/230851109204?nma=true&si=Wjj6SH%252FF8U1fCWyp%252BdXGUcV21G8%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

There are a few similar jackets shown in the Luftwaffe jacket thread on TFL
http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?4938-LUFTWAFFE-jackets-Eagles-who-Dare-to-Wear..!" rel="nofollow - http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?4938-LUFTWAFFE-jackets-Eagles-who-Dare-to-Wear..!


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 12:54pm
Lousy stylish Nazis...

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Posted By: indigoeagle
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 1:20pm
And I thought it was straight out of 'Django'


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 3:12pm
Oof, spending much too much time looking at leather jackets online today.

This one is not quite "me", but Freewheelers continues to impress:



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Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 3:16pm
That's beautiful. I think their Brakeman Coat or their new Dust Bowl Coat would suit you better.

http://freewheelers.co.jp/blog/archives/3342" rel="nofollow - http://freewheelers.co.jp/blog/archives/3342


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 3:40pm
I actually like that Brakeman Coat a lot, just not the colors.  I don't think I'll ever shell out that kind of money for anything other than dark brown.

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Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2013 at 2:51am
I hear ya, but don't be afraid of a little red in your brown.....


Posted By: srgprod
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2013 at 7:57am
JFK's Bomber jacket just sold for $ 629,000 at auction.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/18/living/jfk-jacket-auction/


Posted By: the bandanna almanac
Date Posted: 18 Feb 2013 at 8:44pm
My first and last leather. Lighting turned it redish.

Kapital Sheepskin vegetable tanned leather coverall.



Posted By: johnb
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2013 at 12:07pm
That is a beauty!

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