Considering a purchase - Hugo Leather Jacket

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  1. NikolaTesla

    NikolaTesla New Member

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    Hello all, recent lurker of these forums. This is my first post! I'm 27, 6'4", 190lbs. 42" chest, if any of that means anything... I'm considering, to me, a big purchase.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/boss-bl...tualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=419

    Before I pull out the plastic, can the SF gods educate me on the brand and quality of HUGO? Tried this jacket on at the store, and my wife thought it looked really sexy on me. I liked the fit, but wasn't sure on a few things and i need some advice on:

    a. Is goat skin leather is considered "quality"?
    b. where HUGO stands on the fashion totem pole, and is it worth the $600 price tag? How long will this jacket last me?
    c. other brands I should shop and compare to.

    I am interested in a Schott cafe racer type leather jacket as well, but I can't find a store that carries the style in my size. I've even looked around NYC...

    Thanks!
     
  2. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    (a) There is nothing inherently wrong with goat skin. However, there is quality goat skin and poor goat skin. On leathers:

    Lambskin: Mainly used in "high-end" jackets. Extremely soft and excellent to the touch, but not as tough as goat or calfskin
    Goatskin: Many times it is textured or grainy in appearance. It falls between lambskin and calfskin in terms of durability and is soft to the touch, but not as "buttery" as lamb
    Calfskin: Tough, like armor.

    (b) I am sorry to inform you of this, but more often than not, Hugo Boss falls into the poor quality category. It sits relatively low on the totem pole of quality brands. You pay a fair amount for the name. I wouldn't pay $600 for it, but it may serve your purposes.

    (c) If I were you, I would look at TOJ (or it's new name John Coppidge). They make an excellent jacket and it is MTM (made to measure) so it will fit exactly how you want it to. I am extremely similar to you in measurements (6' 4", 200 lbs, 42.5" chest, and ironically also 27). I have one jacket from them and another on the way. The first one fits me excellently (in my opinion).

    Their website is: http://johncoppidge.tumblr.com/

    You could get a Collared Moto or regular Moto in black that would look very similar to the jacket you posted/cafe racers. They also have other styles you can look through. If you want something your wife will like to touch, I would highly recommend either of those two styles in black lambskin. TOJ uses a thicker lambskin than is pretty darn durable. It holds up to against my 95 lb Labrador anyhow. That said, you could get the jacket in black goatskin or black calfskin should you wish to do so.

    Collared Moto:
    http://toj-gallery.com/main.php?g2_itemId=13793

    Moto:
    http://toj-gallery.com/main.php?g2_itemId=6319

    The only down side is they are somewhat more expensive (~$740), but the difference in quality is enormous. They will be discontinuing their MTM service soon and likely upping their prices, so I would act soon if you are serious about it.

    Their sizing guru Charly is excellent with getting you a good fit and suggesting jacket measurements. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
     
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  3. NikolaTesla

    NikolaTesla New Member

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    Thanks for the Info.
    I had a feeling I would be paying more for the brand than quality.

    Unfortunately, I am wary of ordering something that is MTM online. Especially at that price point.

    I may just stick with Schott jackets. They seem to be a great American Brand.
     
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    yufu22 Well-Known Member

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    Gauss is right on point. I second his motion.

    I don't know if this is too "bomber-jacket"-ish for you, but I picked up something similar to this (a Belstaff bomber) a last year at Barneys for around what you were going to pay for the Hugo Boss (I think retail was like $1400). IMO, they make a lot of great "moto" style jackets, but a little overpriced retail... I'm in LA, so no cold weather but when I am in the cold it keeps me warm. I think it may be a little bit more bulky than what you are looking for, but if you can wait til the end of the season especially since you are probably an XL in Belstaff or other designers, you can get some great deals! Cheers.

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    cyc wid it Senior member

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    You paid $1400 for that? :uhoh:
     
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    NikolaTesla New Member

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    Yea, it's too "bomber" for me, the elastic in the waist and cuff doesn't appeal to me, and the cut I find is too short for my height, making me look even taller.
     
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    yufu22 Well-Known Member

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    Retail was $1400, I paid I think like $600 after tax.

    I didn't have anything in my closet like the Belstaff, so I thought it would be a change of pace form the Moncler jackets I wear... although I live in LA so I don't really need jackets like this..
     
  8. Gauss17

    Gauss17 Senior member

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    I can understand you hesitancy, but I would urge you to re-consider.

    Read through: http://www.styleforum.net/t/217855/the-new-official-toj-thread-2011

    You have little to be afraid of. My only note to you would be that they tend to size things slim, so don't be afraid to add space. If you want some mental sanity, just measure the HUGO jacket you liked the fit of so much and have them make a jacket to those dimensions. You can also make any modifications you would like. This is actually probably the most reliable way to size a jacket.

    I can't really stress enough, if you buy anything else, you are missing out. I again, have your proportions approximately, and I can get quality jackets made exactly how I want them for, quite frankly, an excellent price. If you are still worried, I can tell you how I sized mine and give you the measurements.

    Schott makes a decent jacket, but you are simply not going to get as nice of a jacket, nor is it going to fit you how you want.

    My only other suggestion is you could try a J. Crew Stockton racer that comes in size large-tall: http://www.jcrew.com/mens_special_sizes/tall/sportcoatsouterwear/PRDOVR~29091/29091.jsp

    It would run you around $700 with the current sale. The cut is good, but I feel it is still overpriced when I can get a TOJ for about that.
     
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