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So, after a bit of delay (about two months late) I finally received my Himel Imperial. Apperently their button hole machine broke down and due to Covid, they had a hard time getting parts.

First let me say, this thing is gorgeous! The medium brown Shinki horse suits the vintage style of this jacket perfectly. I opted for the light colored stitching which really makes the back and side details stand out. The stitching is absolutely beautiful and really pops due to the light thread choice. The vintage camo liner is a cool touch. The brass hardware ties it all together. I don't have to tell you about the smell.

I had sent in an older Levis for Brooks Brothers USA made denim jacket that fits me perfectly. I had to take some pictures wearing that jacket and then send in the jacket with the order so that they could replicate the fit--no measurements were taken. I was nervous about this process as I had never done that before but it worked. I guess they know what they are doing. Jacket came marked as a 42 even though I usually wear a 44.

Jacket is quite stiff but with a half day of wearing has started to break in. Plenty of room in the arms with only a slight tightness at the elbow bend which will relax with wear. Length in body, arms, and shoulders is spot on.

My one complaint / mistake is that I selected and paid extra for a second interior pocket. It came with only one (which is one more than FCL). I wanted two as a general purpose jacket, more pockets make it more practical for travel. I won't send it back for that but do want a refund on the surcharge for the additional pocket.

Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. Yes, it is pricey but you are paying for quality and craftsmanship and not brand. It is a great addition to my lineup of brown leather jackets which now include two Himels and one FCL double rider.

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Nice...
I've been staring at this Horween from my Gustin email. They also have the #8 again.
Crazy good bargain, but once again, I live in Southern California.
I'm sure it would be another purchase where in a year I'd look back in the closet and say "oh yeah, forgot about you"

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Just incredible @Patek ! Really amazing jacket.. can't wait to see what that looks like with some wear.
 

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Looks like they really nailed the measurements on that one for you. Looks great.
I'm happy with it, I realize that puting my phone on the table facing up distorts things a bit but it really does fit quite perfect without any tightness. I've been wearing it around the house and my mother in law and wife are in love with it. Never got that reaction on any other articles of clothing. I think I can layer a light sweater but I did order cotton and not wool lining as I think it will wear harder and be more wearable here in the south. Probably the nicest piece of clothing that I own.
 

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Just incredible @Patek ! Really amazing jacket.. can't wait to see what that looks like with some wear.
Yeah, I need to just wear it every day while WFH. At least the weather here is in the 60s.
 

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@Baron asked me about this jacket a few days ago so i thought id share a bit about it. i recently picked up another east west musical instruments styled jacket from south paradiso leathers. It is an interpretation of the EWMI Winchester, with the main differences being motorcycle zippers on the sleeves and a straighter collar - although irl the collar has a bit of curvature to it providing some 70s flair. Ive also seen some versions of the Winchester without the elongate 70s collar so this one might be true.

in terms of construction this jacket seems really solid. Its on a par with my repro horsehide from real mccoys, although this jacket is made of cowhide. It feels soft and slightly pebbled with a slight sheen.

I sized up one to a 44 and it fits snug through the arms. One of the issues is that it is unlined, leaving the split side of the leather exposed and increasing the friction on my sleeve when put it on. Its also somewhat cropped and in general just the type of fit that you would expect from a replica leather from the 70s. But overall it fits right.

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South Paradiso was a leather jacket maker based in LA. From the photos ive seen, much of hollywood has one of their leathers. Romulus was at one time the worlds foremost collector of EMWI jackets owning 63 based on a post i saw on an obscure forum while researching the brand. So i thought id reach out. Romulus at SP was exceedingly helpful, and like anyone who works in artisanal craftwork, passionate about his work. SP is currently on hiatus and romulus told me this was his last winchester so i decided to pull the trigger. Not much else to say other than im really happy with this jacket.
 

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@Baron asked me about this jacket a few days ago so i thought id share a bit about it. i recently picked up another east west musical instruments styled jacket from south paradiso leathers. It is an interpretation of the EWMI Winchester, with the main differences being motorcycle zippers on the sleeves and a straighter collar - although irl the collar has a bit of curvature to it providing some 70s flair. Ive also seen some versions of the Winchester without the elongate 70s collar so this one might be true.

in terms of construction this jacket seems really solid. Its on a par with my repro horsehide from real mccoys, although this jacket is made of cowhide. It feels soft and slightly pebbled with a slight sheen.

I sized up one to a 44 and it fits snug through the arms. One of the issues is that it is unlined, leaving the split side of the leather exposed and increasing the friction on my sleeve when put it on. Its also somewhat cropped and in general just the type of fit that you would expect from a replica leather from the 70s. But overall it fits right.

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South Paradiso was a leather jacket maker based in LA. From the photos ive seen, much of hollywood has one of their leathers. Romulus was at one time the worlds foremost collector of EMWI jackets owning 63 based on a post i saw on an obscure forum while researching the brand. So i thought id reach out. Romulus at SP was exceedingly helpful, and like anyone who works in artisanal craftwork, passionate about his work. SP is currently on hiatus and romulus told me this was his last winchester so i decided to pull the trigger. Not much else to say other than im really happy with this jacket.


Cool jacket, I'd be happy to find one like that, or another one of the more subdued styles vein of classic East West models. I had an EWMI "Drifter" and it was similar to this one. Does it have a hidden pocket in the collar or anywhere else?

I mentioned that Romulus made me a custom jacket about 15 years ago. It never really fit me the way I wanted it to and I ended up getting rid of it a long time ago. I have a good friend that was in that vintage clothing world - he bought and sold several East West jackets and he knew everyone in that world, which is how I met Romulus - he was still "Joel" back then. He's a character.
 

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Oh dang i should have taken a photo of the collar stash pocket. Yeah romulus is a character. Fun guy. Its a small world!
 

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If I could find one of those east west with the bird collar. I would buy it in a heartbest. Shit is wild, I would have it as decoration if nothing else.
 

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