With that color and pattern, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find them in the women's pants aisle.
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The holes can probably be repaired. It just depends on whether you are willing to spend the money on the jacket to get them fixed. Try to find someone in your area that does "French Reweaving." You should also search this thread; the topic has been discussed before and some members have posted recommendations of places that have done the work for them. The place that does it here charges around $70 a hole. I think that was in line with others have posted.
A lady at a cleaning/alterations place said she'd look at it and might be able to do the job. I have to take the jacket to her. I asked her on the way to work this morning.
I actually thought they were linen when I first grabbed them, that was the reason I picked them from the rack in the first place.
Make sure, if you can, that she has experience with actual reweaving. It's a specialized skill that not many people have anymore. I have seen a lot of botched repair jobs in thrift stores.
In fact, here's what the underarm of my thrifted Attolini jacket looks like. I have no idea what the damage was or what they were trying to do when they "fixed" it, but you can see for yourself how well that turned out. It's not very visible when worn, given the location, so I still wear it sometimes.
Edit: 16.5 neck 45cm? That's all the label said
Edited by aglose - 3/21/13 at 1:32pm
Be sure to question her very specifically, too. I've had a hole fixed in a pair of trousers and it was NOT rewoven, contrary to the description I got of what would be done. I found a cleaners in town that actually still lists it in their advertising as something available. When I took something in to ask about it, the owner told me they hadn't done that in 10-20 years, there was one place in Chicago that still did it, but the cost was outrageous unless you were dealing with truly high end stuff - I think he quoted me around $80 for what was a tiny hole.
In fact, here's what the underarm of my thrifted Attolini jacket looks like. I have no idea what the damage was or what they were trying to do when they "fixed" it, but you can see for yourself how well that turned out. It's not very visible when worn, given the location, so I still wear it sometimes. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Why not go with it and man up that jacket further by having someone sew tufts of Yak hair to both armpits. Then raise your hand to answer as many questions as possible at boardroom meetings.
I figured the brand new stuff directly from the store was cheap enough that buyers wouldn't be attracted to lower-priced, possible fakes, negating the demand for fakes to be produced in the first place.