Originally Posted by lorenzo
have to disagree...just have a look at the before and after pics of aeglus' jacket
disagree, I preferred that jacket unwashed.
also, aeglus has a tiny, low-powered drum washing machine that is fairly gentle on clothes, most of you guys have much more violent washing machines that'd tear jackets up the way he washes them.
The real way we had washed lamb before was for me to wash 6-10 lamb hides at a time (that's enough for 1-1.5 jackets) and then I'd have to spin the water out, and then hang them to dry. I broke my washing machine 3 times last year and they had to come install new capacitators each time.
The tailors then hand ironed each hide out to get rid of the wrinkles, so it was definitely grating on all of us.... but wrinkles were never part of the TOJ lambskin equation. The jackets should be smooth and crease and fall in natural areas, and not look artificially distressed. If you wear an unwashed jacket enough, it'll wear in on it's own, and it'll look great in the process.
Originally Posted by Tago Mago
Hmm, I actually just ordered one of the new season motos in grey lamb and from what it sounded like it wouldn't be an issue to make. Will the jacket quality suffer compared to if I had ordered in black? I had no idea it made a difference.
The grey comes in a thicker lamb like the black and brown, so it'll match weight-wise and feel just the same as a black or brown one. Like I said, it's a case by case thing, mainly directed at people asking about red, blue, those colors. We are on back order with the special zips though, so it'll just take a lil longer for those.
Originally Posted by robertorex
Drew, what's the word on washing calf jackets? Just as bad an idea as washing the lambs? I notice there's a pic of a washed calf DR (the original sample, I believe) on the TOJ Pixi gallery.
Calf doesn't really take up water like the lamb does, so washing is not that important. The pic I took of the washed leather was just an experiment I did, to test durability and stuff like that, just an R+D test. You could soak it in really, really hot bathwater and then hang it so that you get a nice pucker effect on the seams, but it's not going to go from brand new to vintage looking solely via water, you need really wear it.