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Aero jacket question: did they make for Carroll & Co?


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Aug 15, 2008
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I received my lone leather jacket as a gift several years ago (can't recall exactly when). It only has one badge, showing it to have come from Carroll & Co in LA. I don't see any maker identifying marks on it, or a "Made in" tag. After reading some threads here on Aero, I looked at their website and it looks exactly like this one. The details mentioned on the website (pen pocket on the left patch pocket hidden by the flap, bi-swing back, dark brown sheepskin collar, throat closure, wine-colored rayon satin lining, compass pocket with button on the left, thick and durable leather in a subtle pebblegrain finish) are the same. I don't know if any of that means anything, because I assume old military designs are public domain. There are two differences between my jacket and the M422A on the Aero website: my jacket's wool bits are olive drab rather than brown, and the zipper (marked "Talon" twice and "USA" once) is also painted olive drab. Still, does anyone know if Aero made for Carroll? I suppose it doesn't really matter, because it's not as if I'm going to like the jacket any more or less based on who made it and regardless of maker it has held up beautifully. But if it is an Aero, they make great jackets and I would know where to send anyone who may ask me where to find a high-quality leather jacket without having to pay Seraphin's prices.

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