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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.

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Edited by Patek - 11/7/12 at 11:36am
post #6752 of 11602
Fit looks good based on the upside down pics.
post #6753 of 11602
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Fit looks good based on the upside down pics.

Posted them 3 times, finally rotated them upside down and posted. I don't know why SF is doing that to me lately.
post #6754 of 11602
Sleeve looks kind of weird in that second picture... but yeah maybe when it's broken in (Which sounds like will take awhile) it might conform better. Seems like a reasonable fit!
post #6755 of 11602

Fits really nice!

post #6756 of 11602
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Originally Posted by Abraxis View Post

Sleeve looks kind of weird in that second picture... but yeah maybe when it's broken in (Which sounds like will take awhile) it might conform better. Seems like a reasonable fit!

Thanks guys. Yeah, the sleeves are stiff and the thing was hard to put on. You can kind of also see the chest puckering simply because the hide is so thick. I'm pretty sur it will break into a custom fit.

I prefer to spend money on quality materials and workmanship over brand names. However, fit is king and this is a long-term investment grade piece so if it doesn't fit right from the start...

Any other comments?
post #6757 of 11602
i think it fits pretty much perfect, gonna look sick once it breaks in, and I'm usually not even a fan of motos.
post #6758 of 11602
Sounds like it is a keeper. Time to wear it around the house and maybe toss myself down the stairs in it. Thanks guys!
post #6759 of 11602

Looks beautiful.

post #6760 of 11602

Is that Tiger of Sweden stuff any good?

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post #6762 of 11602
Any recs for an inexpensive shearling aviator - something that is a bit more fashiony than traditional - like these two:

Prorsum:


Porsche Design:


BTW - that Himmel Bros coat looks perfect.
post #6763 of 11602
How much is considered inexpensive?
post #6764 of 11602
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

How much is considered inexpensive?

Less than 1500? Is that doable?
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