Good call! I love grey jackets too. For this season we're just putting navy into work, but there's always Spring '14. I'll have a bunch of other outer pieces coming along for the Fall.
I like the leather jacket! How much would you expect it to cost, as an estimate? And would it be MTM/slight tweaks possible or set sizing?
Also, how heavy would the leather be/more info on the leather in general haha! Better quality than Lewis Leathers hides, you say? How so?
Thanks! I don't have the final cost, but it will be like the Wyatt - around $950 to $1000. Unfortunately these have to be cut as a group, so I can't do MTOs, single pieces, or in-season reorders.
The leather on this piece - and the Wyatt - is really, really perfect. I'll tell you my thought process on it.
Although there's a lot of leather jackets offered at any given time, there's very few that are up to the standards that all of us are looking for. In my mind, you've often got three options (at least for easily purchased, RTW pieces):
1. Overpriced mid-range labels. Something like Hugo Boss, Theory, etc. Not a terrible coat, but made a little too lousy for the price and not designed to last.
2. Heritage or Heritage-ish brands like Schott, Lewis, Vanson, Aero. I love these brands, and we've carried Schott and Vanson in our stores. The thing is, most of their coats are really heavy. You have to like stiff leather and riding details. Lewis jackets are very cropped and really rock and roll. While these companies are putting out excellent products, most of their offerings lack the versatility that we're looking to provide. I sell chinos, but I also sell dress pants, ties, wingtips, and (soon again) denim. Epaulet outerwear pieces should reasonably be able to work with most of the other pieces that we design. If you're going to invest nearly $1K in an Epaulet leather piece, I think that it should look good if you want to dress it up.
3. High-end Labels like Rick Owens, Raf Simons, Gucci, Isaia, Saint Laurent, etc. These brands put out many undeniably beautiful leather pieces, but the prices are sky high. And many of the looks are pretty aggressive.
When we started the Epaulet leather line, I wanted to fill this need for an extremely well made and fairly priced quality piece with the tailored fit that you guys expect from our products. We've gotten fantastic feedback on the coats from everyone who's bought them, and it feels great to offer pieces like this.
Oh, so after that long-winded and twisting reply, to answer your question on the leather, it's the same naked cowhide as the Wyatt. I chose this skin really carefully. It has a fairly thick weight that sits in-between a true motorcycle jacket and a "garment" leather jacket. It sits correctly on your and drapes right when you open it. It's tough and durable, and will age beautifully.
But lots of leather jackets are tough. Doesn't take much to do that. This naked cowhide also has a butter-soft hand and is incredibly comfortable to wear. It feels luxurious and fits like a second skin. I wanted our jackets to feel like a classic Tom Ford Gucci piece (the ones I was el desperado to buy in 2000, but never actually did). I think that we nailed a lot of that feeling with this collection.
Scarlet Walt today: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Nice! It's tough to match red and blue like that, but I think that this came together really well.