I've finally gotten around to taking photos of my L1 CXL #8. The color is extremely beautiful and varies significantly depending on the light. These photos don't really capture the color as the room didn't have enough natural light and the artificial light doesn't make the red undertones come out nearly as much.
I'm 6' tall, 175 lbs, 42-43" chest, and wear 16-34 dress shirts. This is a Gustin size large and its perfectly snug when zipped. Nicely fitted. Sleeve length and chest feel perfect. No way could I zip a medium.
I've not found any quality issues. There are a few minor marks or imperfections in the leather but I expect that. No major creasing upon arrival and I've not been able to wear it for longer than 10 minutes so far because its very warm here in CA. So I don't yet know how it will look after some break in.
Overall I think people should expect a CXL leather jacket to quickly form lots of creases with lots of color variation. That's the nature of CXL and kinda the point. If you want traditional consistent leather like most jackets without color variant creases then order a different leather than CXL. I bet the Gustin standard black and brown break in more like typical leather jackets and don't show any of these markings. I don't think people should be unhappy with CXL behaving like CXL, nor should we consider it a quality control issue and return coats that have some color variation or creasing upon arrival. These CXL jackets will all develop that quickly with wear so it will just blend in. If the jacket seems to be used then I would have a problem with that, but these are all new at this point. Just variation with the leather and some wear from handling, packing, and shipping I think.
Enjoy the dramatic character of the CXL including the patterns and patina formed.
I bought some Saphir "Creme Cuir Gras - Cream for Oiled Leather" that is supposedly great for CXL. Maybe get some of that and rub it into any area that seems dry. Mine doesn't have any dry areas and all leather surfaces feel almost greasy but not. Anyone have an opinion on if this is a good cream to restore and sustain these Gustin Horween CXL jackets? Or is there something better that has been recommended by Gustin? If not, we should ask.
Cant wait to see how this ages. It looks amazing. Nice to have a reference from someone who is the exact same size as myself. Cheers!