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Given that Horween offers many different hides, and there are several different Italian tanneries, all of which offer different hides, any comparison is necessarily a generalization.  That said, Horween's standard FQHH is very rigid and stiff -- it wears like a suit of armor.  Moreover, in my experience, Horween FQHH is often rather flat and lacking in grain/character.  In contrast, the Italian horsehides I have seen are considerably less rigid, more pliable, and have more grain/character.  Of course, everything is relative and, as MP noted above, Lamb is much more pliable than Italian HH. 

 

If you are riding a motorcycle and need a bullet proof jacket that can protect you during a fall, Horween FQHH is a good option.  If you do not need this level of durability/protection, I personally find Horween's FQHH unwearable -- the leather wears you and overly constricts your movements -- it is work to wear (as opposed to work wear).  Some say that, over time. Horween FQHH breaks down and becomes much more pliable.  Some say any meaningful change in pliability takes many years of regular wear.

 

 

*shrug* 

 

Below is my Aero FQHH Highwayman. If that leather had any more character, it'd be played by Robert Downey Jr.

 

And Chrisgold is correct, the leather is only stiff for a few months. Do you mind providing some examples of leather that you consider to be interesting? 

 

 

Layman,

 

Your jacket is spectacular and has tons of character.  That said, the jacket depicted in the photo appears to be well worn.  My comment was in reference to new Horween FQHH, as distinct from well worn FQHH.  

 

Regarding break-in, I am pleased to hear that your jacket only took a few months to soften and become more pliable.  On the other hand, I have read many accounts from Horween owners of jackets remaining stiff after many years.  Moreover, given that I live in a warm climate with fewer opportunities to wear leather, it takes longer to break in a jacket (particularly if it is part of a rotation of jackets).  The Horween FQHH fit jacket that I received from Thurston Bros was ridiculously rigid and, IMHO, completely unwearable.  I would never suffer through the effort required to break in that jacket.

 

The following are photos of NEW Aero Jackets made from Horween FQHH (not tumbled or Jerky):

 

 

IMHO, these leathers are rather flat and lacking in grain.  In contrast, the following are photos of jackets made from Italian HHs (since that was the original posters point of comparison):

 

 

IMHO, the new Italian HH has considerably more grain and character, as compared to the new Horween FQHH.  Of course, that is an obvious generalization and there are countless exceptions.  Likewise, whereas I selected photos consistent with my premise, one could no doubt find photos that suggest otherwise.  Moreover, there are many variables that skew the analysis in one direction or another, including variations in the raw hide before tanning (not all horse hides are the same), whether the hide was corrected, variations in the tanning process, manufacturer specifications, etc.   

 

Your jacket is fantastic!  That is all that matters. 

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apologies for being a complete noob to this thread, but for the first time i'm in the market for a very special leather jacket. i really want the Mister Freedom Campus Jacket (link below) but fear by December when i have the funds it will be sold out. Does anyone here know a designer who makes a similar style?

http://misterfreedom.com/campus-jacket-natural.html
post #12243 of 16655
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apologies for being a complete noob to this thread, but for the first time i'm in the market for a very special leather jacket. i really want the Mister Freedom Campus Jacket (link below) but fear by December when i have the funds it will be sold out. Does anyone here know a designer who makes a similar style?

http://misterfreedom.com/campus-jacket-natural.html

Not from an undyed piece of leather like that, but the style is called Cossack. It comes from the early 20th century, and was an early version of motorcycle jackets, which were originally modeled on buttonable A-1 flight jackets. Lots of companies make Cossack jackets. I like the one by Himel Brothers, personally.
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*shrug* 

 

Below is my Aero FQHH Highwayman. If that leather had any more character, it'd be played by Robert Downey Jr.

 

And Chrisgold is correct, the leather is only stiff for a few months. Do you mind providing some examples of leather that you consider to be interesting? 

 

 

 

Beautiful... I may end up having to buy an Aero! What's the exact color/leather of that jacket? Any chance for an exact product link?

post #12245 of 16655
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apologies for being a complete noob to this thread, but for the first time i'm in the market for a very special leather jacket. i really want the Mister Freedom Campus Jacket (link below) but fear by December when i have the funds it will be sold out. Does anyone here know a designer who makes a similar style?

http://misterfreedom.com/campus-jacket-natural.html

 

The uniqueness of the MF Campus jacket is the undyed leather.  Many/most Campus owners buy the jacket with the intent of sun dying it themselves.

 

 

If you like the cut of the Campus jacket, but are not interesting in sun dying it yourself, there are other good options.  As DWW stated, the Himel Heron is a great jacket.  I also like the Bill Kelso Aeronaut and the White Feather A-1. 

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Been on such a lewis leathers kick lately.

 

I heard the owner did all of the distressing/writing for the CdG collab himself.

 

post #12247 of 16655
those cdg jackets are so awful, I've seen a couple around and always some fashion jerk
post #12248 of 16655
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those cdg jackets are so awful, I've seen a couple around and always some fashion jerk

 

lmao what's a fashion jerk?

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i would fucking kill for one of those jackets though tbh

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Fashion jerks are the guys who buy that jacket and cut me off in line when I'm trying to buy macarons!! (True story)
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Is it possible to buy a perfecto similar to the SLP cut without actually paying the exorbitant price that SLP charges? Skinny, cropped, with slim arms.

 

 

 

I love my TOJ DR and all but it's ultimately a different fit with it's long sleeves and generally more 'blocky' design (if you understand what I'm saying). I see most of the Schott/Vanson etc leathers being posted in here but they're all ultimately for buff(er) dudes while I'm at 5'9 and 125lbs. I want it to generally fit like this:

 

 

Lambskin would be fine - I was just wondering if calfskin could achieve the same effect in terms of the texture after the initial "breaking in" period as well?

 

I don't know too much about leathers but that's about everything I want from a jacket without having to pay $5000USD lmao

 

 

Help a skinny dude out!

post #12252 of 16655
Lad Musician is exactly what you're looking for, minus the buttery soft lamb of SLP leathers - they're all in a medium weight calf. The fit is what you're after, though: skinny and cropped. A size 42 (equivalent to an SLP 44) should be a good fit. You can get one for under $500 used on Rakuten / Yahoo auctions through a proxy. Try searching "lad musician ライダース"

Here's what on Rakuten right now for under $500, in fact:

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/jumblestore/jr2320610201269/

They fit like this on skinny dudes:

post #12253 of 16655
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I love my TOJ DR and all but it's ultimately a different fit with it's long sleeves and generally more 'blocky' design (if you understand what I'm saying). I see most of the Schott/Vanson etc leathers being posted in here but they're all ultimately for buff(er) dudes while I'm at 5'9 and 125lbs. I want it to generally fit like this:

 

Help a skinny dude out!

 

wow o__o 

at that height, and weight, I think pretty much anything is going to be a bit blocky

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Are elastic waistbands and/or wristbands common on slim jackets? I'm considering a moto style jacket and I thought elastic waistbands/wristbands would make it more fitted, and I have a pretty narrow waist. Anybody know of any examples?

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Mind expanding on that...

Leather especially and craftsman are graded. First selection of materials goes to places like Hermes. They get first pick and what's left goes into what's the top tier for everybody else. They probably have an exacting standard and buy all that meet that standard to even out production numbers in years where the number of hides that meet their standards is on the low side.

As for craftsman... people at the height of their craft probably mostly end up at those houses, because they have the skills/standards/tradition and appreciation to further grow, recognize and reward that kind of skill. It's also why the NFL has and hones the best video cameraman in the world.
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