I already have too many jackets!
Nigel Cabourn - Page 101
I pick up most of my Cabourn at LN-CC, it always has the best sales, picked up some great pieces at 70% off over the last 2 years. On this occasion I got the Aircraft at Coggles, although a few places went to £200 on it, Oi Polloi in Manchester being one (a great store).
For me a Mallory has to be in Harris Tweed, any other fabric doesn't have the same draw for me, or justify the prices. My favourite, and the one I wear the most, is this army green tweed, the flecks of colour in the tweed are quite something.
I got this one (along with the gray/blue windowpane and the herringbone in RAF blue), love it, I wish I could find the matching vest and tie in 52 or 54 (same for the gray/blue)!
I wear those Harris tweed Mallory all fall and winter, they are nicest jackets I own.
Edited by MSAINT - 7/6/12 at 3:50pm
I love the matching vest, which I have in the navy but the pants and tie would be a bit too much for me.
As far as the see-through on the aircraft jacket. I bought the khaki one in oil cloth and don't mind the see through at all. I wear it mostly when it's rainy and I think over time the oil may wear out a bit, giving it less of a see through look. Either way, don't mind it much. You can feel the oil on the cloth but it doesn't seem to come off on other clothes in case anyone was wondering.
If it's this one you are talking about: http://www.endclothing.com/nigel-cabourn-peak-lapel-vest-4.html
Then I would go with 52. I'm the same size in the cameraman and aircraft as you (50), and I trust the End Clothing descriptions and measurements. So if I was buying for myself would go with a 52. I'm a 52 in the tweed Mallory as well.
I'd recommend soaking the tweed Mallory to anyone who hasn't tried it yet, I found the fit was greatly improved after I did mine last summer. The fabric also feels and looks better, I'll be doing my green Mallory if the weather in the UK ever improves enough this summer to dry it outside...