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You can get a brand new balmain on ebay for about 2000 if you keep looking.
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200 you mean? I am looking at the website and they don´t seen to make retro halfbelts. 

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Look in the Thurston Bros thread- it might be ~600, but it'll be a damn good jacket

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Originally Posted by HeavenResign View Post

Yeah I've been trawling through the ToJ thread just because there's a ton of great knowledge in there and seeing some of the fits from 2011/2012 I can see why they were so renowned, pumping this kinda stuff out in 3 - 5 weeks is nothing short of incredible. it's true even with SF x Vanson you just aren't going to get a fit like this Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

but you can still get a very awesome (imo) fit, I love really solid schott/vanson/lewis fits. but it is a different aesthetic for sure

TOJ did a lot of good stuff. I was about to order another jacket but once the production times got out of control i was turned off. I own the wool MA1 and the Moto. Pretty happy with both. I also own 2 ricks and those are a different aesthetic but also great. Have not really had a bad experience with leather jackets lately.
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What happened anyways..they were pumping out jackets in 2-3 month wait time..quality product.

Lack of artisans? Couldn't keep up w/ the increasing demand?
well the below and i will comment more to that.
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As I've gone through the first 250+ pages (50 replies a page) the last few weeks it really helps put the picture together. Around summer 2011 Drew had pointed out multiple times (in a very friendly manner he posted a ton back then) that he was at capacity, or at least in the sense that he didn't want any more orders than he was getting. He said he didn't want to do any interviews, he didn't really want people shouting from the mountaintops about ToJ, he wanted those that were in the know on SF to buy jackets as they please and that was basically it because he had no interest in scaling the operation up (anyone more knowledgeable than me feel free to correct me, cyc wid it has been posting for a longgg time and was around back then too, same with bows1). But eventually with word getting out, toj got more exposure than ever planned but it's not like they turned people away and it basically led up to ToJ closing and what we have now (that's the short version the long version is ofc just reading the ToJ thread hahaha that will paint a better picture than a few posts on this thread could)

Most of this is correct. But, to point out Drew went into the restaurant business and slightly abandoned the TOJ business. I can understand that he did not want to scale the business and wanted to do something else. But, what is happening now is pretty bad imo. People are waiting 6 months plus for a jacket. Why? I know SF community upsold TOJ like crazy and as one of the benefactors I would confirm price point n quality for price is amazing. You won't find that elsewhere. But, if you are willing to either pay a little more or look around you do have a TON of options outside TOJ. Thurston for example has a lot of jackets, JL leathers in SF, the super long list @Adroit posted. My point is don't buy just for the hype especially if the retailer/manufacturer cannot provide you with your item in a reasonable amount of time.
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It is possible to find a nice half belt under 500 dollars? It does not have to be horsehide, I been looking but...

Look back a page, giant list of retailers
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I did, but they are all above 700 or more. 

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I did, but they are all above 700 or more. 

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Originally Posted by Eastman View Post
 

Any experience with Alexander Leathers? they are similar to Aero and a bit less expensive

I've currently got 2 Alexanders and 2 Aeros with another Aero on the way. I've also sold 1 of each that weren't quite right for me.

 

Craftsmanship and quality are the same, both exceptional. The differences atm are Aero have access to the thicker/stiffer HH that they are famous for, I still don't think Alexanders can get that particular CXL FQHH if tats what you want in particular but then again, I think Alexanders offer a wider range of different hides in total.

 

Aero have introduced a lot of new styles over the last 2 years but they are much less inclined to do any alterations or modifications to their designs apart from slight adjustments to length of body and sleeve.

 

Alexanders have a smaller (yet still fairly wide) range of designs, but are much more willing to modify patterns on request.

 

Aero have a significantly longer wait time on production of orders, although you can go through Insurrection / Thurston Bros and get them with pretty much the same lead time as an Alexanders order.

 

Alexanders don't have as high a resale value but are cheaper to begin with...

 

Both have fantastic customer service and make amazing jackets.

 

To be honest, there is no clear winner, it really depends on what you are after, either way, you will get a great jacket.

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Trying to break in this white tanned CORS high neck
Its still very stiff but Ive been told they do soften and stretch a little bit

The biggest pain is the snaps that narrow the sleeves keep popping open from the tension of the stiff leather


Edit: white tanned not veg tanned
Edited by skeen7908 - 8/15/14 at 9:51pm
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/\ From experience I assure you it will soften and stretch not a little, but a fair bit. After months of regular wear; it will look and feel much better. The shine dulls out too.
FWIW, I wear mine without zipping up the sleeves.
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Thanks for the info.

I kind of like the shine to be honest, but will obviously be much easier to wear.
Does the collar stay nice and rigid? The good thing about the stiffness is that the jacket keeps its shape and looks good unzipped (which is not so much the case for the other ccp leathers i have seen)
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It is strange that schott does not have a half belt model

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Plokhov

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Originally Posted by skeen7908 View Post

Thanks for the info.

I kind of like the shine to be honest, but will obviously be much easier to wear.
Does the collar stay nice and rigid? The good thing about the stiffness is that the jacket keeps its shape and looks good unzipped (which is not so much the case for the other ccp leathers i have seen)

Yes, the collar stays rigid. It will keep its shape also. It is CORS-PTC after all!
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Keep looking at this m.a+ biker in black llama...



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I tried it on, but the two layers of leather at the collar bothered me. Leather was really nice as you'd expect.

My favorite leather on the biker is probably bison followed by horse. Shame bison was only in purple. 

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