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Originally Posted by nyarkies View Post

It will become stiff when it dries. It may or may not shrink but you need to use warm water and leave it soaked for 10-15 mins. How much shrinkage are you aiming for?

 

Maybe about 0.5-1 size. 

post #15962 of 16653
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Originally Posted by hoodog View Post

Ok, I know this has been up before but I need to ask again. I am thinking of throwing a calf leather jacket in the tub for a good soak. Point is to make it a bit smaller and to loose a bit of the stiffness. Anyone tried this before? I've seen articles for as well as against online...

@LA Guy?

Calf will shrink - I would be careful, because you can overshoot it.  I saw one calf leather jacket sample from a M/38, to what can only be described as "child sized", probably a 34, but maybe even slightly smaller, from where I (at the time, a larger 38) could zip it up, though it was snug, to it going up to my forearms, above the belt level, and so that the chest and back were so shrunken that there was at least 3" of additional leather needed to close that thing up.

 

So, soak it, but check on it occasionally, and monitor the measurements, and if it shrinks too much, stretch it gently while still wet.  

 

Incidentally, it will stiffen up some, but will resoften very quickly.  Some of the leatherheads, like guys at the Fedora Lounge, will do crazy things like wearing the wet jackets dry.  I can imagine very little that is more uncomfortable - maybe wearing wet raw jeans concurrently.

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Originally Posted by RXS09 View Post
 

Speaking of 5 zips, I'm selling mine

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Pm'ed!

post #15964 of 16653
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post
 

Calf will shrink - I would be careful, because you can overshoot it.  I saw one calf leather jacket sample from a M/38, to what can only be described as "child sized", probably a 34, but maybe even slightly smaller, from where I (at the time, a larger 38) could zip it up, though it was snug, to it going up to my forearms, above the belt level, and so that the chest and back were so shrunken that there was at least 3" of additional leather needed to close that thing up.

 

So, soak it, but check on it occasionally, and monitor the measurements, and if it shrinks too much, stretch it gently while still wet.  

 

Incidentally, it will stiffen up some, but will resoften very quickly.  Some of the leatherheads, like guys at the Fedora Lounge, will do crazy things like wearing the wet jackets dry.  I can imagine very little that is more uncomfortable - maybe wearing wet raw jeans concurrently.

 

THanks for the input. Do you also recommend lukewarm water and a 10-15 min soak?

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Is there any lasting damage from soaking the leather?
post #15966 of 16653
You will have to recondition the jacket once it is almost completely dry to soften it up again. It won't soften without it and will be prone to cracking as the leather lost its original protection from the soaking.

The grain on the leather may end up becoming more pronounced due to the process. Damage will only occur if the water used is too hot as it can harden the leather permanently.
post #15967 of 16653

Won't the color change as well? I was caught in torrential rain with a favorite leather jacket and it still has rain stains on the top part of the jacket one and a half years later. Maybe there's something I don't know about that would get rid of them?

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Albert (Collateral) just put this up for sale:

 

 

 

Natural tone elephant. Pretty ridiculous. $2500.

 

He's selling a couple of the Horween Horse movement jackets for $600 in the same thread.

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ˆYou should post this in the Artisanal clothing thread. That thing is beautiful.

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I hope it comes with the proper paperwork, or it can be seized
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I guess one of the best seen lately is Brando's Durable One Star by Bill Kelso Mfg





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Simmons Bilt has one on their sale page for £395.

http://www.simmonsbilt.com/sale/bike-939.html
post #15973 of 16653
Nice one but not the same. There are thousands of variants of this style but they are not exact replicas of Brando's like the above, just same style.
post #15974 of 16653
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

I hope it comes with the proper paperwork, or it can be seized

 

I was thinking the same thing.  According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, leather products from elephants sourced from specific countries are importable, but still...given that all African elephant species are on the U.S. Endangered Species List, it's kind of salty to make a jacket from elephant skin.

 

 "You may import leather goods of elephants that originated in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe for your own noncommercial use without an import permit (they would not be considered hunting trophies, however)."  https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/factsheet-import-leopard-elephant-sport-hunted-trophy-2012.pdf

 

Surely making a jacket is considered "commercial use?" 

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Originally Posted by Callusing View Post
 

Natural tone elephant. 

????? thats soooooo fucked up bra 

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