jesus fucking christ. IWC at Costco? excuse me while I go blow off my head w/ remington 870. Nice evo pics on that brown calf bomber. I hope people post up pics of the new styles when they get them in.
Costco just needs to start selling houses then you can truly buy anything from that store. I've seen they sell all sorts of cars...from a 911 Turbo to a Kia. LOL. And to the dude that asked about my occupation, you would be surprised at how many high paying jobs an airport and its surrounding companies have. There are service cabin workers that have been there for a long while that are making $65-70k. (These are the guys that clean out the blankets and pillows and such). Of course, the folks with degrees that are in special ops team/operations make a lot more. Being an air traffic controller is way too stressful for me. Besides, it wouldn't allow me to postwhore on this thread. And those expensive watches at Costco are definitely a one-off. It also depends on the Costco locations too I think. The other Costco I used to frequent around my university campus never had any expensive stuff like this. They just have the Seikos and regular watches up to the low $1,000 range.
also, I washed the dark grey sample jacket, and the medium grey sample. The medium grey took the wash very nicely, I soaked it down gently in hot water til it was well saturated, didn't touch it, and let it dry. I did the same thing to the dark grey, but there's some white powder rising to the surface as it dries, I'm guessing it's salt or an agent from the dying process. It's kind of bothering me to know it reacts this way to the water (I've never seen this before with any of the other leather I've washed) so I'm thinking of pulling the dark grey and making all greys that medium grey. The two shades are so close together (the 2011 DR was medium grey, the next day's jacket, the collared Moto, was dark grey, you can see in the first post that they are really close in color) that having the two colors is kind of a moot point, and one leather is definitely better than the other.
Originally Posted by impolyt_one
Well, you have your choice at this point, since not many have ordered the dark grey so far - you can still have dark grey while understanding my caveat about the water, or go with the medium grey, which is really that close in color to the dark grey and has no issues with water (I've washed that medium grey lamb many times over the past two years). I would be leery of putting the blue, the green, and the whisky through soaks as well, now that I know. Black and the medium grey do fine. It's just that each color has a unique dying process, the way they do black is very different from other colors.
Originally Posted by impolyt_one
-dark grey -i just soaked it under a hot shower for 10-15 minutes, hung to dry on a correctly sized hanger - results were bad as the leather released a white powdery feed from the leather (most likely salt or something from the dying/finishing) and looked blotchy and ashy, which is unusual for this lambskin -i used leather conditioner all over the jacket and it restored the finish to an even sateen grey, which is the state you're seeing in the picture above. Looks very nice after the wash/conditioning in real life as well. refer back on more about washing the leather if interested. More importantly - if you don't know what to expect from washing leather, then just don't do it. It's not mandatory by any means, it's experimental at best.
also, the thing about Hermes leather bags is that they're like men's watches, except twice the cost - watches in stainless steel are like $5K, Hermes in calfskin are $10K; a nice watch in gold or maybe platinum is like $25K, a crocodile Birkin is $50K... but whereas men can wear a ballin ass watch, at least a SS one, fairly often, a $10K Birkin is like super special occasion type shit. Not one of those bags you just throw in your shopping cart when you go to the supermarket. I've seen super rich Japanese women daily the crocs, but they probably have 5 more at home as well....
Definitely not a big deal, it's in a pretty un-visible part of the jacket, only reason I bring it up is that it's in a relatively high stress part of the jacket (back of the left shoulder, by the armpit underneath the shoulder gusset). Drew, do you think it's worth reinforcing the leather in any way to prevent against anything?
is the a-1 blouson available in dark grey calf suede? don't know if can resist that....
definitely in lamb, for now, calf is limited to the baseball jacket colors (which you can have on the A-1)... we have to order huge amounts of that to make the calf happen so I am limiting the calf to just the few colors.