My Himel Bros horsehide arrived today. I wanted to get some feedback about the fit before I wear it as once worn cannot be returned. Quick description:
"Kensington cafe racing horsehide shirt. This is Himel Brothers' classic cafe racer jacket. Typically worn for racing or "hill topping" this cafe racer comes lined or unlined for cooler wear. The style is tight fitting and longer to wear over leather racing pants, and the jacket is close fitted tapering at the waist and without the bi-swing back. It has decorative back welts and wind welts covering the front zipper. The leather is brown pigment horsehide. The horsehide is vegetable tanned in Japan for several months using mimosa bark from Austrailia. This is the strongest per weight leather in the world. The zippers are cotton taped 1940s replica zippers from Japan custom made for our jackets. Each jacket is authentically reproduced using the cutting and sewing techniques of the pre 1940s. Each one is hand cut, and sewn using cotton thread top stitching to recreate perfect fitted vintage era jackets that will last a lifetime. Everybody derserves one good thing and this is it! Because the jacket is made with incredible top grain horsehide leather each jacket has its own characteristics and unique quality...every jacket is unique and will take on the shape and character of its wearer! This is a true unlined racing shirt!"
Enough marketing crap. This jacket was made for someone else who then never picked it up. I got it at a discount of about $300-$400 off the usual price. That being said, I wanted to check with you the gods of fit to make sure it before I wear it. To me it seems to fit pretty well although the leather is very thick but soft so I tried to take pictures with my arms down. Excuse the crappy work bathroom pics.
Anyway, shoot away with thoughts and comments:
And an inside shot because I like the fact that this thing is unlined.
]Edited by Patek - 11/7/12 at 11:36am