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damn, size 2 should fit me spot on. So good.
I originally was going to go through rakuten but was a bit concerned about authenticity so I just purchased the jacket on zozotown using buyee. Buyee is a service you can pay to have them purchase it then ship it to you. It was about 100 bucks extra. I'm 5'5 145lb and got a 36. probably the best fitting jacket off the rack. The sleeve length for me was perfect surprisingly and the sleeves are also much much slimmer than the original 613. none of that ballooning.
He is a bigger guy, and the leather is pretty good stuff - looks like the Horween Horse CXL, if I'm not mistaken. You have to think of leather like that like raw denim. It will always look still at first. But it wears in beautifully. Steerhide, from day 1, has a lot more grain and a lot less shine to it, but it still takes a half dozen hard days of wearing to start to soften it up. Re. the zipper pull - I think that it's a cool touch, but it's a very distinctive look.
As for the fit on that jacket itself, the real issue is that your shoulders are not quite angular enough for it. That said, the great thing about jackets made from that heavier leather is that it wears in to conform to your body.
Now, and this is not recommended by any leather jacket maker, but which a lot of people do, if it's horse, just throw it into lukewarm water for a bit, and then carefull like it dry out, and then soften it just by kneeding the leather. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for any other leather (for horse, there is generally little to no shrinkage, since it's so tight already.
I've got 5 Aeros currently and had more and sold them so here is my 2 cents for what its worth.
Don't worry about the shine, it will definitely disappear with wear and the leather will look great. I always trim the leather pull on the zippers to about half the length.
As for the fit/model. Are you sure its an "August"? It really REALLY doesn't look like one, in fact if someone told you it was an August they lied. Different hand warmer pockets, completely different sleeve cuffs, different collar....its not an August.
It could be a premier half belt but it looks quite boxy for that usually slimmer cut. The shoulders on a premier half belt are quite narrow, perhaps thats what has happened, you got a jacket that "fits" the shoulders which due to the pattern makes it look too big everywhere else. The sleeves are too short as well, they will effectively shrink about an inch once the elbow creases set in.
Where did you get it?
Was it a custom order or off the rack.
Can you return it?
TBH, its not a great fit.
With my premier half belt, I ordered a size large enough to fit the shoulders but then specified it to taper down by 1 size in the waist, otherwise it probably would have fit like this.
I combined some elements of my second jacket into my first and updated some details, I plan to hide all the zipper this time with piping
my brother order it in black cow that he is going to sell, however later when I'm happy with it, I want to have it made in off white for myself... but maybe next year :D