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Originally Posted by Shryke View Post

I work in a soul-less department store in Birmingham, UK, where the leathers sold are more than twice the price, and probably half the quality. It's satisfying when I drop in on a day off, and the clueless staff want to know all about my jacket, and how I managed to get something so good for so much less. It's almost like it shatters their whole understanding of the clothing industry just like that! I think that alludes to what makes TOJ great - it's just real, honest clothing. You're not buying into a name, you're not paying for magazine adverts, you're not paying for anything except for the work of Drew, Charly and Dan, a slab of leather, and someone to make it. That's why I love it.

thank you man, I appreciate that people can see it. The lead times do get on a bit sometimes, because it's a human-made product and it's like one of those insanely popular food stalls sometimes, there has to be a queue. I am happy that people do recognize the intrinsic qualities that are there, ones that are the foundation of the project that will not go away unless I do - I also challenge people to go and try to find something that hits as hard as TOJ for the same price, or even more - it's a really tough proposition. Now that I live in Tokyo, where all manners of good clothes are available and numerous in choice, I like to go out and see what it is other clothiers make - and naturally, I admire some, I dislike some - but nothing comes close the material content or quality that we make for even twice the price. It's really something special.

Interesting note, just saw a Plokhov leather flight jacket that looks like it goes pretty toe to toe with the ribbed collar version of the TOJ CWU - AP's is a more design-y interpretation of the same thing, a couple mode-style details, a couple extraneous, very quickly expiring details (I think it has an iPhone pocket on the breast) - but the leather, once again, is either the same as the TOJ NZ black lamb, or something incredibly similar. Thick and with a nice soft hand, a bit cool to the touch. It might've been a soft calfskin but it seems the materials would be interchangeable at that level of intrinsic quality, neither function less or more than the other. Anyway, it was nice but I didn't care for the design itself, I prefer mine and gotta give a fair nod to the little suede patch I put on the chest of the CWU to interpret the velcro on the surplus version. I have no idea what the AP jacket costs, but I'm sure it's at least 2.5-3 times the TOJ. It's no Tom Ford, at least. I'm still rolling about the pricetag on that TF jacket, because what I make is already 9X% of it at 7% of the price. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif It feels really good to be lean and hitting hard, that's a powerful feeling.
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

also, for the record, I never liked that aeglus fit or the washed-out jacket pics. They don't really convey the image of TOJ leather jackets very well. I purposely make things that aren't the wrinkled and washed distressed leather jackets in the vein of the Japanese mid-market goth ninja stuff, yet people try to take the TOJ and go in that direction. I feel it's missing something when you do that anyway. I say stick with the classical leather jacket look, which is more contemporary anyhow. That wrinkled/washed thing is better left behind in 2008.

Just wanted to say that I agree you shouldn't try and make them something they're not. At the same time though, I think one of the strengths of certain designs is that they can be worn in a slightly darker/edgier/whatever-you-want-to-call-it kind of way, or with trousers and a shirt under, without looking out of place in either situation.
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Agree with you on that last part, there really aren't prescribed outfits or limitations on how to style these things and I encourage people all the more to find new ways to wear the leathers, because they're only ever 1 of three or more pieces in an outfit - it's just that I got a bad 'faux-Julius' thing from that scrunched up wet Moto that aeglus posted. It kinda hurt my feelings because that was the sample, the actual first TOJ leather jacket ever. It's like seeing a vintage 3.0CSL with like, modern BBS RSII's, a new-age single DIN deck, and Sparco seats in it. Just unnecessary and kind of sad.
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getting to wear dat fur.

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Yeah, can't deny being a little disappointed that MTM is going away, but can definitely see it being a step in the right direction for TOJ. After reading past few pages, I feel like I really need to get a leather before MTM goes away...

Anyway, Drew, is there any updates on possible sunglasses? Was really excited about that when you posted about them a while back
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699

I still love my moto
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Just thought I'd throw this out there, but did anyone have a picture of the cream/off white leather (and Drew if you have any opinions on what might work best with it)? I searched/skimmed through the thread but I don't think I saw anything.

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Originally Posted by magicalporks View Post

Just thought I'd throw this out there, but did anyone have a picture of the cream/off white leather (and Drew if you have any opinions on what might work best with it)? I searched/skimmed through the thread but I don't think I saw anything.

second this. can anyone come up with a photoshop biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by dmash View Post

I really think the moto looks the best pulled off by a more built guy. That and super skinny.....but super skinny guys can pull of any leather.

This is true, the band collar works well with a thicker neck. Speaking of, my moto is about 3 years old, should post pics...
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Just received A2!

 

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and some useful fit pics:

 

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Feels perfect, love it.

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Originally Posted by magicalporks View Post

Just thought I'd throw this out there, but did anyone have a picture of the cream/off white leather (and Drew if you have any opinions on what might work best with it)? I searched/skimmed through the thread but I don't think I saw anything.
I mean, I can't imagine it'll look too different from that raw VTG leather color
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

Am I slim enough because I agree with you dmash, I want my moto to drape on my body like melting butter
Really built guys I do not think the moto looks as nice TBH, too much spread in the chest shoulder area where the collar starts pulling all weird. That or they sized wrong..
I pulled some photos from Sufu where the moto first emerged (I am sold)
Noticed that upon further inspection, Drew of course already got that covered happy.gif
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What is the jacket worn by the dude in the 2nd last picture?
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^ lol every leather in that post was a moto...
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Originally Posted by onijo84 View Post

What is the jacket worn by the dude in the 2nd last picture?

It's the moto but it's been washed by Aeglus
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Originally Posted by magicalporks View Post

Just thought I'd throw this out there, but did anyone have a picture of the cream/off white leather (and Drew if you have any opinions on what might work best with it)? I searched/skimmed through the thread but I don't think I saw anything.
I mean, I can't imagine it'll look too different from that raw VTG leather color

If that's true...my god. I might have to change my order
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