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a Bill Kelso Mfg Aeronaut A-1 made with Badalassi cowhide

That look really works for the repro guys. Yeah, very Indiana Jones.
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Originally Posted by MickeyPunch View Post
 

On the topic of leather thickness/weight, and more especifically TOJ... Does anyone own a suede calf jacket? Is it as thick as a regular calf one?

 

Might want to ask confirmed Cool Guy @RFX45 

post #10728 of 16651
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On the topic of leather thickness/weight, and more especifically TOJ... Does anyone own a suede calf jacket? Is it as thick as a regular calf one?

 

Yes. Pretty heavy stuff.

post #10729 of 16651
Anywhere to go for used/ new leather jackets in Tokyo please? particularly brands like Incarnation?
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NN - I'm picking up what you're putting down.

 

This is not my jacket, but you get the idea.... for that "shot down over the sahara / escaped from nazis by eating scorpions and drinking urine" steez

 

Right on

post #10731 of 16651
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These jacket obviously aren't 10+ years old, but I want worn leather to look like this, not cracked and peeling
Go drum-dyed or go home
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In fashion jackets, some of the Rick leathers are really bad offenders:

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They use different dying processes? I have noticed that, for example, Drew's 5-zip looks great and doesn't show any signs of fading after ten or so years.

post #10732 of 16651
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Originally Posted by MickeyPunch View Post
 

On the topic of leather thickness/weight, and more especifically TOJ... Does anyone own a suede calf jacket? Is it as thick as a regular calf one?

 

It's thick and also very tough. Surprisingly flexible and comfortable too. 

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This is a pic of a Himel Bros. jacket made from Shinki horsehide, which is generally regarded as the best in the world. Mimosa bark tanned, aniline dyed. I'm not sure if it is spray-dyed (versus drum-dyed) but it sure looks that way. Spray-aniline dyed leather is the standard used in high-end repro flight jackets (Aero, Goodwear, Buzz Rickson's etc). Quite obviously, the dyed layer chips off pretty easily, giving rise to the crackly, spiderwebby wear patterns.

 

Just like slubby denim or scratchy tweed, spray aniline leather is a holdover technology whose flaws were once tolerated rather than venerated.

 

I own and love a beat-to-shit goatskin G1 from the 60s, but I wouldn't purchase a new jacket with spray-aniline leather. I know the cracking is to be expected, but to my eye, it just looks dried out and damaged. Too much patina, would you believe?    


Cracking usually stems from not taking care of the leather properly while "browning" or "greying" comes from good wear and use.  Most quality leathers will "brown" and "grey" over time because people are putting them to a lot of use.  "Browning" and "greying" happens with jackets that are drum dyed (i.e. Vanson) as well as with jackets that are "spray" tanned (i.e. Chromexcel from Aero)...  Even if both sides and the leather are dyed, it still will happen...You can see the beginnings of the process in the photo below...for a lot of people this process (earning one's "stripes," so to speak) is why they love these heavier jackets...

The last production meeting that we had with Aero included the topic of whether we should or shouldn't begin to carry Shinki hides...While Aero isn't sure (they like Horween's Chromexcel Leather better!), we're hoping that becomes a reality, as then we'll have two of the best leathers on Earth available for our customers!

 

 

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post #10734 of 16651
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NN - I'm picking up what you're putting down.

This is not my jacket, but you get the idea.... for that "shot down over the sahara / escaped from nazis by eating scorpions and drinking urine" steez Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


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post #10735 of 16651
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Originally Posted by Thurston Bros View Post

 

Cracking usually stems from not taking care of the leather properly 

 

What in particular causes cracking?  What can be done to prevent it?

 

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The last production meeting that we had with Aero included the topic of whether we should or shouldn't begin to carry Shinki hides...While Aero isn't sure (they like Horween's Chromexcel Leather better!), we're hoping that becomes a reality, as then we'll have two of the best leathers on Earth available for our customers!

 

Offering both Shinki and Horween CXL would indeed set Aero apart.  I, for one, would certainly consider certain of Aero's broad assortment of models if offered in Shinki.  That said, I inquired of Aero about this exact subject a short while ago, and its response suggested that Shinki is not being seriously considered.  I hope you were able to change Aero's mind.  

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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

That look really works for the repro guys. Yeah, very Indiana Jones.

 

Amen!

 

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post #10737 of 16651
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What in particular causes cracking?  What can be done to prevent it?

 

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Originally Posted by Thurston Bros View Post

 

The last production meeting that we had with Aero included the topic of whether we should or shouldn't begin to carry Shinki hides...While Aero isn't sure (they like Horween's Chromexcel Leather better!), we're hoping that becomes a reality, as then we'll have two of the best leathers on Earth available for our customers!

 

Offering both Shinki and Horween CXL would indeed set Aero apart.  I, for one, would certainly consider certain of Aero's broad assortment of models if offered in Shinki.  That said, I inquired of Aero about this exact subject a short while ago, and its response suggested that Shinki is not being seriously considered.  I hope you were able to change Aero's mind.  


We use a product called Dr. Jackson's Hide Rejuvenator to keep our vintage jackets in good shape.  Cracking is caused by the hide becoming dry.  Dr. Jackson's is really good stuff...we've restored original 1930s jackets that were as hard as cardboard with it!

 

Aero is unsure about carrying the Shinki Hides because they look so much like their existing A-2 leathers--their "Jerky Horsehide"

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Anyone have any idea on where I could get something like the jacket below?

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That looks like Incarnation which are pretty widely available I'd say
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