The Needles stuff is made in America, right? If so, and if you ship it to America, you don't have to pay duties.
I'm actually in the same camp as Stitches. Do you have any brand recs? Kolor and Rick come to mind, but both of those brands are pretty expensive, and not in the typical "I'm a starting college student, how do I afford these" but more the "You spent $1,000 on a pair of pants?! That's it I want a divorce!"There's actually a shop on etsy called GAG Threads that looks like they could make something like this, but their materials are shite.
I have a VII on the way in the gray from the pre-order. I'll be on the border between a VII and the non-existent VIII, but I've longed for this jacket and it was worth the risk. So there may be potential for a VII to go up for sale.