Thought I'd bump this thread back to life as I've just taken delivery of a Campbell Cooper Wax jacket - It cost me £58 delivered.
Here's my review.
I own a Belstaff Trialmaster and have looked very closely at the Barbour International too. Now, when you consider a Belstaff is going to cost you around £350 and a Barbour £225 I sort of expected that the Campbell Cooper version would be a poor-mans version of the aforementioned icons of wax style. In many ways it is and in my opinion this is due to some silly details which I think the manufacturers could easily fix. Here's the main bug bears;
Fit : The cut of the jacket is very wide in the arms - The upper sleeves are very wide and it makes the jacket look to big, when actually in the body it's not that bad. The fit overall is definitely roomy rather than tailored.
Belt: Works fine but the buckle is awful - I don't understand why they can't use a decent brass buckle rather than the cheap nasty covered fabric effort
Pocket Poppers: For some reason they position the poppers in a very odd place on the pocket flaps - They look odd and I don't understand why they can't be positioned more like the Barbour. What is nice is a zipper under the right pocket
That's my mine gripes. On the plus side the wax cotton is good quality - not particularly waxy but a good weight. The lining is plain black so nothing fancy. It has a good double zipper with ring puller - which is further nod to Barbour. Shame they didn't use antique brass rather than bright shiny new hardware.
So that's about it. I bought this jacket becuase it was cheap and I wanted to try an experiment - I plan to 'vintage' this jacket and try to make it look like it's been owned by me for years. Whilst all wax jacket manufactures always state you shouldn't wash them I plan to do just that. here's my plan;
- Wash the jacket about 5 times in the machine with detergent
- Last wash add a touch of dye stripper
- Rough-up the fabric and hardware with light grade sandpaper
- Re-wax with a mix of parrafin wax and beeswax (90 to 10 mix)
- Allow to dry then rough with a hard bristle brush
- Re wax with Barbour thornproof dressing for the final touch
After all that and if it's still in one piece I'll take pics and post them up the site for comments (probably on my sanity for one thing !)
To just add to this post, after recieving my jacket I promptly set about trying to vintage it. After about 5 washes in the machine, a blast with my power washer and chucking it around my driveway here's the result;Edited by jay-ninja - 1/9/12 at 11:26am