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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

It's two part as I said, the dollar did get strong last week, but it slides time and time again. When I started TOJ, I had only myself working here, the price of labor was 25% less, leather was 30% less, zippers were about 30% less, and it was 2009, so the Korean won to the dollar rate was amazing if you were changing dollars, like 1250 won/$1 or more. A huge bulk of our material costs are dependent on the New Zealand and Australian dollar, which has been ungodly for awhile now. Factor in that, the other costs, two workers - it's not a bare bones operation like it was when I was starting out and trying everything for the first time.

Before the dollar surged a few days ago, it was at around 1050 won/$1 for the past few months. The dollar isn't getting truly stronger anytime soon, by all appearances, it will slide back to 1050 pretty soon probably. I gotta brace for the unexpected fluctuations though, so that I don't wake up one day and not know the market has tanked and sell a bunch of jackets. The yen is not related to TOJ, but the won is directly influenced by the dollar everyday.

ps. I realize this is probably forgotten at times, but TOJ is a foreign import product for most of you people (that's like 99% of you) - so the price is not based on the dollar for the purpose of a baseline, it's priced in dollars because I have a paypal account based in the US, that's all. If I had a paypal account in Japan, it'd be priced in yen.
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Originally Posted by CanuckBassist View Post


The USD just spiked up this past week due to all the craziness, but if you look at the trend in the past year or two, it's been a steady decline for usd vs won.

edit: Too slow shog[1].gif

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post #9377 of 41446
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Originally Posted by Biggen View Post


a nice red leather would be tempting.

Yeah you're telling me, wanted mine in calf originally but since mine is holding up through intense abuse, I guess I'm fine. Someone get the red calf!
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Biggen View Post


Fuck, I need winter jackets but a nice red leather would be tempting.

dude, you had that guy touching your black leather at that club a couple weeks ago - if you had an aeglus/Neo Version 7 red DR - you'd have 20 dudes touching and smelling you devil.gif
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BTW, I gauged the new calf today and it's the right thickness to be made into a QDR as well, including the light whisky, which is not sold out yet, I think there's 2 more jackets worth on that. QDR in any of the colors would be fucking amazing, I'd get one of each in different styles if I could afford to and I wasn't moving this week. That'd be a couple thousand bucks even at my own price though, so no go on that. redface.gif lol
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

BTW, I gauged the new calf today and it's the right thickness to be made into a QDR as well, including the light whisky, which is not sold out yet, I think there's 2 more jackets worth on that. QDR in any of the colors would be fucking amazing, I'd get one of each in different styles if I could afford to and I wasn't moving this week. That'd be a couple thousand bucks even at my own price though, so no go on that. redface.gif lol

Fuck, you just keep on tempting me. A QDR in red would be a definite head turner and smeller icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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If it's gonna be red or blue, it should be one of the wilder ones. 2010 DR, QDR. Blue, same. The other colors - not expecting to sell many greens but the graphite grey is pretty nice. The new tan would be good a 4-zip Moto, it has a slight pebble grain to it and reminds me a lot of an Hermes Birkin bag that Mrs TOJ has - same cold feel and pliability and softness. It's dyed through and not painted over, so it'd make a good jacket if you can wear lighter colors like that.
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ps Fok if you're reading this, that Blue leather base would work for your black to blue idea. I'd have to have it crafted in Seoul and hand finished in Tokyo though, would be an international project.
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Yeah, that's my thinking as well. A red leather is pretty out there so you might as well go all the way. If I didn't have my green A1 I would be tempted by the green calf.

Love my A1 by the way, have probably worn it as many times as my moto even though I've had it a much shorter time. Just goes better with a majority of my wardrobe. Wouldn't get som much use out of a red QDR either but would be awesome the few times I would wear it.
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I dunno, aeglus seems to be getting use out of his red DR when he goes out at night. It's one of those things where you break down the wall and you unxpectedly find yourself comfortable in your new, awesome red leather jacket wearing, millions of people attracting surrounds. Not the usual stuff, but that kind of thing rarely is. I think once you wear it and get used to the idea of the red leather, you may be permanently changed... devil.gif
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Yeah, if I got one it would definetly be used for when I go out at night. Would be awesome for that. Not sure how much day wear it would get but as you say, one tend to get more used to stuff after a few wears.
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Drew,

I was waiting for the blue. Bomber or Collared moto?
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Neither, Bomber not available in calf, and CM is now done.
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Neither, Bomber not available in calf, and CM is now done.

CM discontinued? wow.gif
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Neither, Bomber not available in calf, and CM is now done.

Hold up, I was about to Paypal you the money for the collar moto, dude! satisfied.gif


Today's get up. Sorry if the shoes are too matchy matchy. I totally forgot I even bought them so I want to get some wears in. I'm hoping the weather is still cool tomorrow so I can wear the black DR. Trying to contribute some photos before I have to go back to work.

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