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Cool thread, and I'll participate since leather jackets are definitely a passion or compulsion of mine, depending how you look at it. I just ordered one of those Vanson B in octagon BTW, so nice to see it represented here. Most of my stuff is either Belstaff or RRL, although I do have a Schott and a couple of Vanson thrown in there. Hell, when J Crew started making nice looking leather a few years ago, I even picked up some of those. The pictures aren't the best, but if anyone wants to see anything in better detail, I'd be glad to post pictures. So far, I think I probably have a half dozen RRL jackets, 3 Belstaff, 4 J Crew, the Mulberry from Epaulet (not sure who made this one), 2 Vanson, and a Schott. I may post some of these in coming weeks if there is any interest.

First up is this Belstaff Maple. A little less shape than a lot of Belstaff coats, but the color is amazing:



Very interesting shoulder construction. Mind taking another shot of this? Cool jacket too. Is that a new or vintage Belstaff?
post #32 of 163
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Very interesting shoulder construction. Mind taking another shot of this? Cool jacket too. Is that a new or vintage Belstaff?

No, this is new. Bought it a couple of years ago at the Belstaff store on Porta Rossa in Florence, which was actually closed for good when I was there at Christmas. I'm up at my cabin at the moment but will post more pictures of the shoulders when I get home tomorrow.

Someone asked about the Mulberry. Here is a bad picture from my Instagram but you get the idea. Happy to take more if you like..
post #33 of 163
Some things I keep out at my weekend place. This RRL is tough as nails, wool lined, and weighs a ton. Patterned after a WWII field coat if I recall correctly:



post #34 of 163
Another one I keep out here. This is another RRL. Unlined and goat suede if memory serves. This one is obviously based on a rancher's jacket. Wears more like a shirt than a coat..





post #35 of 163
Love the field coat, got any more pictures?

The Rancher's jacket makes you look like a small-breasted woman
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I don't mind the rancher. It's a great color too.

Actually, there really isn't a bad one in the bunch. Great collection @gnatty8 

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Some things I keep out at my weekend place. This RRL is tough as nails, wool lined, and weighs a ton. Patterned after a WWII field coat if I recall correctly:



 

 

Love this jacket, any fit pics?

post #38 of 163
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Woohoo! Another thread where I get to show off my LL jacket! cheers.gif

I am still pretty bummed @LA Guy
 never commented on it. His sense of style must be on a steady decline! nest.gif


Lewis Leathers Lightning (391)

Interestingly, Lewis Leathers has announced that they are now supplying all jackets in Horsehide as standard, and cow will be an option. All colored leathers will be Horsehide without even an option for cowhide. That's an enormous change for such an iconic brand.
post #39 of 163
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Interestingly, Lewis Leathers has announced that they are now supplying all jackets in Horsehide as standard, and cow will be an option. All colored leathers will be Horsehide without even an option for cowhide. That's an enormous change for such an iconic brand.

 

Yeah I saw that on Facebook:

 

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This lovely worn-in UVR2 is made from horse hide which is now available as standard for all of our made-to-measure jackets. This one is nicely worn in to give you an idea of how yours will look after some time.

Under close inspection horse hide is similar to cow hide in look and strength, but, over time, the shorter fibres create finer creases and grain, creating a patina distinctly different from a jacket made of cow hide. Our horse hide is the same thickness as the cow we use and offers the same protection. Horse hide is also now standard for our coloured leather jackets.

Though we are discontinuing coloured cow hide, we will still offer our black cowhide as an option, as well as vegetable tanned sheep leather in black and a number of other shades.

 

Strange. Any idea why they're doing this?

post #40 of 163
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Any idea why they're doing this?

 

Never mind. I got this answer from LL:

 

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 We are actually using Horsehide for the coloured leathers, & both Cowhide & Horsehide & Veg tanned sheepskin for the black jackets.
This is because supply of the coloured cowhide is now discontinued form the tanners.

 

@ChrisGold

post #41 of 163
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Yeah I saw that on Facebook:


Strange. Any idea why they're doing this?

No, I can only theorize that it's a response to criticism about their leather. It'll be interesting to hear if they announce their source but I doubt that will be revealed.
post #42 of 163
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Never mind. I got this answer from LL:



@ChrisGold

There still has to be more to the decision... They could have sourced new colored cowhide instead of changing to colored horse.
post #43 of 163
By popular request. Shoulders of the Belstaff Maple. Hope this is what you were looking for..





post #44 of 163
Another RRL. Had Johnson Leathers in San Francisco fix the shoulders on this one to fit a little better and they did an amazing job. Love the leather on this one and the back of this coat is probably my all time favorite back of a leather jacket, anywhere..





post #45 of 163
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Well, since this thread was my idea, you can now see some of me, and Casa Styleforum in all it's disarray (the cleaners haven't come yet).  

This is my Bison jacket, made by Johnson's leather, and originally a prototype for a project that ultimately never go off the ground.  Of note is the classic buco style collar, the beautiful 3.5 ounce (could be slightly less) American Bison, which is very thick and soft, but very strong, with a beautiful grain, and the black excella zips, imo, the nicest modern zips on the market.

Both of these are amazing! Love the grain on that Johnson Leather. I missed the boat on the Gambler and kick myself anytime I see one.. Beautiful..
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