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Leather Jackets: Post Pictures of the Best You've Seen/Owned?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by RatherAnOddball, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

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    I have pretty much the same jacket as teh above, but not a knit collar, just leather. It is by Banana Republic. It is a very nice jacket, but it is hard to pull off black leather, for me, as I feel to guido no matter how I wear it.
     
  2. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    Too late, I got it. [​IMG]

    also they will consign my Vanson and they are pretty sure they can get full retail for it (actually $30 more than I paid), which amazed me. Of course I'll only get 50% of that if I do it but I doubt I could get more selling it on my own.



    It's good for someone that rides, which is why I asked about it.
     
  3. capnpyro

    capnpyro Senior member

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    My first and only leather jacket, Diesel Luppy--

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  4. LarryK

    LarryK Member

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    I have been buying leathers for years- these are some of
    the ones I have at home- I have more in storage ...

    1955 Irvin Foster car cost- was originally my fathers
    1960's Schott cafe Racer in light brown
    1960's Chicago Police jacket
    1977 Schott Perfecto- bought new by me on Orchard Street NYC
    1979 Vanson Highwayman in white- bought at Trash/Vaudeville on St. Marks place in '79
    1970's NYC Horsehide Police jacket- bought on St. Marks in 1980
    1983 Schott JD-1 Special edition Horsehide with James Dean Label- I bought the belt/collar too
    1991 Schott Perfecto
    2001 Vanson Hard Core Highwayman
    2003 Schott Perfecto- Brass Hardware
    2004 Schott New York black Buffalo
    2006 Brown cowhide MC Legendary USA
    2007 Aero Long half belt brown Horsehide
    2009 Aero 'King Of The Road' Horsehide ( being made )
    2009 Aero 'B-3' Modified/Hand Warmer Pockets
    2009 Aero Paloming Grizzley ( just ordered )

    I have been to the "Lost Worlds" store, and the stuff is nice, but super expensive.
    And, IMHO, not nearly as nice as the Aero. I absolutely love Aero- I want to order
    another one this year. Off the rack, I prefer Vanson over Schott, but the Vansons
    are more money. All in all, Aero is the way to go for me.

    Aero"King of the Road" - Ordered in September, should have it this week
    [​IMG]

    Aero 'B-3' Modified/Hand Warmer Pockets - Ordered late September, should be here by Xmas
    [​IMG]

    Aero Paloming Grizzley- My ultimate jacket- should be to me by February....
    [​IMG]

    Aero Long Half Belt in horsehide, Alpaca lined- My favorite as of today ....
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Rae_

    Rae_ Member

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    I have pretty much the same jacket as teh above, but not a knit collar, just leather. It is by Banana Republic. It is a very nice jacket, but it is hard to pull off black leather, for me, as I feel to guido no matter how I wear it.

    Yeah, I love the bomber look. If only this one had shorter arms...
     
  6. cimabue

    cimabue Senior member

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    Aero Long Half Belt in horsehide, Alpaca lined- My favorite as of today ....
    [​IMG]


    The Alpaca lining will be the way to go with this one. I have it with the Tartan and it seems a little light for such a heavy jacket. I love my Long Half Belt, but the round snaps under the pocket flaps leave too bold an outline. 'Would ask to have those left out if I could do it over. Trivial . . .
     
  7. somatoform

    somatoform Senior member

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    Those Aeros look built like tanks. I don't like the style of that second one, but the belt alone looks like it has more work into it than most jackets. The two jackets I most want.

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  8. Kent Money

    Kent Money Senior member

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  9. Counterfactual

    Counterfactual Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of a jacket that looks like this?

    Attachment 34108

    This one's by Theory, going for $1300 at Bergdorf Goodman. Desperate to find something just like it but less pricey.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. onion

    onion Senior member

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  11. spudnik99

    spudnik99 Senior member

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    Nice A-1, the A-2 is also nice, but a bit more common.
     
  12. Counterfactual

    Counterfactual Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for something with more of a moto collar or a stand-up collar like an A-1. Those jackets are beautiful, though.
     
  13. somatoform

    somatoform Senior member

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    This (ebay pic) for me pretty well sums up what a perfecto should look like: Aero.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. max_r

    max_r Senior member

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for something with more of a moto collar or a stand-up collar like an A-1. Those jackets are beautiful, though.

    i think i remember reading in his thread somewhere that a collar like that might be an option or something, but i dont remember exactly.

    i'm pretty sure they're made to order so modified design may be possible.
     
  15. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer Senior member

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    All in all, Aero is the way to go for me.

    I really like Aero as well. With the current GBP/USD exchange rate they represent excellent value for a made-to-measure leather jacket. I have one Aero and another on the way (ordered in June so hopefully it will show up soon). If the exchange rate goes to hell then things will be different but for now getting a made-to-measure horsehide jacket for $600-700 USD works very well.

    If I had to go RTW I would go Vanson. The "stock" Vanson fit is almost perfect for me, except that my torso is about 1" longer than their stock fit.

    Let us know how that Grizzly comes out; I've always liked the "black on black" hair-on vintage look.
     
  16. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I really like Aero as well. With the current GBP/USD exchange rate they represent excellent value for a made-to-measure leather jacket. I have one Aero and another on the way (ordered in June so hopefully it will show up soon). If the exchange rate goes to hell then things will be different but for now getting a made-to-measure horsehide jacket for $600-700 USD works very well. If I had to go RTW I would go Vanson. The "stock" Vanson fit is almost perfect for me, except that my torso is about 1" longer than their stock fit. Let us know how that Grizzly comes out; I've always liked the "black on black" hair-on vintage look.
    Wow MTM horsehide for $700? I would have expected a lot more than that. I've heard Aero's OTR fits are quite big/weird (at least compared to Vanson) but if I could get one made exactly to spec, I'd consider it at that price. Definitely want to add a nice brown horsehide jacket to my lineup at some point.
     
  17. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer Senior member

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    Wow MTM horsehide for $700? I would have expected a lot more than that. I've heard Aero's OTR fits are quite big/weird (at least compared to Vanson) but if I could get one made exactly to spec, I'd consider it at that price. Definitely want to add a nice brown horsehide jacket to my lineup at some point.

    Yep, at current exchange rates. Aero's "standard" GBP rates are around 400GBP for their jackets, not including shipping (50 pounds to the US) and customs duties (???). For the last decade or so, the GBP/USD exchange rate has been around $2/GBP so that meant an Aero would run you $900+ when you factored everything into the equation; $800 for the jacket (400 GBP x 2) and then another $100 (50 GBP x2) for shipping, and who knows what for customs duties.

    In late 2008 the rate fell to around $1.30/GBP, which was the lowest it had been since 1984. My British colleagues state the devaluation was due to the UK's housing crash, which is worse than ours. Suddenly, that $900 Aero could be had for less than $600 -- a price drop of over $300. Currently the exchange rate is hovering around $1.50/GBP which translates to around $600-700.

    If you're interested -- and if you're not in a hurry to get an Aero -- do this:

    - Go to the official Aero USA eBay store. This site is run by Mark Moye, who is the exclusive sales rep for Aero in the US. Mark's prices currently include free shipping to the lower 48 and all customs duties.

    Current pricing for the Aero Highwayman (one of their most popular coats) is $675. The Aero eBay site sells new MTM jackets only on a "buy it now" basis. Effectively you are saving over $75 by doing this, as Aero will normally charge you 50 GBP (~$75) plus customs duties if you order from Aero direct.

    - Before you buy from the eBay website, you may want to sign up for the Bing! cashback program on eBay. This is basically a cashback program that works whenever you buy something on eBay using "buy it now". The percentage of cash back fluctuates but is currently around 8-10%. I have seen it as high as 30-35% (Thanksgiving 2008). If you use this then you can slash 10-30% more off the price of your Aero.

    I lucked out and got my first Aero when it was 30% and the exchange rate was rather low; I paid $625 for the jacket (shipped), then cashback netted me another $187 (30% of $625) back, so I paid a grand total of $438 for a new made-to-measure Aero horsehide jacket. Even if you only hit 10%, that's $60-70 in savings.

    - Submit your measurements and any preferences to Mark and he will forward them to Aero. You can ask them to do almost whatever you want. If they can do it, they will. I have seen people ask for deletion of pockets, contrast stitching, one-piece backs -- all at no extra cost. You're basically getting a custom jacket for your money.

    - Be prepared to wait. Obviously with the exchange rate being at all-time lows since the mid 1980s, orders are pouring in. They are jammed up and you should be prepared to wait 4-6 months for your jacket, if my experiences are any indication. I am waiting on my second Aero. My first one took 25 weeks. My second one (still pending) has been outstanding for almost 22 weeks. While Aero's US website may promise delivery in 3 months, this has not been my experience. So be prepared to wait. I'm obviously an Aero fan -- the only thing that miffs me is their generous estimates as to turnaround time.

    Edit: Aero does a great job in nailing whatever fit you want. I agree with you that Aero's standard fit seems to be a bit roomy and certainly not in line with SF's usual preference for slim fits. Further, my proportions are not in line with the Aero standard fit (I have a 10" drop). When I ordered my jacket I asked for a non-boxy fit and gave them my measurements. They hit it out of the park. My Aero is not baggy and fits my profile very well. I think Aero have spoiled me to non-MTM leather jackets now! [​IMG]

    Hope this helps.
     
  18. somatoform

    somatoform Senior member

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    - Submit your measurements and any preferences to Mark and he will forward them to Aero. You can ask them to do almost whatever you want. If they can do it, they will. I have seen people ask for deletion of pockets, contrast stitching, one-piece backs -- all at no extra cost. You're basically getting a custom jacket for your money.

    - Be prepared to wait. Obviously with the exchange rate being at all-time lows since the mid 1980s, orders are pouring in. They are jammed up and you should be prepared to wait 4-6 months for your jacket, if my experiences are any indication. I am waiting on my second Aero. My first one took 25 weeks. My second one (still pending) has been outstanding for almost 22 weeks. While Aero's US website may promise delivery in 3 months, this has not been my experience. So be prepared to wait. I'm obviously an Aero fan -- the only thing that miffs me is their generous estimates as to turnaround time.

    Hope this helps.


    Thanks for the info. I have to get an aero soon, but I'll go for steerhide over horsehide. I already contacted mark and asked him if they could customize a jacket for me by deleting one of the pockets and he said no problem. I like that they are alot more flexible about their designs unlike schott who, iirc, get a little offended if you ask them for a small design adjustment (though I don't really blame them).

    And the added benefit to Aero, if I understand correctly, is that if you don't like the mtm jacket they will keep the first and make another at no cost with adjusted measurements?

    If so, that's amazing; makes me feel alot better about an mtm internet order.
     
  19. happy hooligan

    happy hooligan Senior member

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    Here's my fav. my vintage California Horsehide Trucker Jacket
    Sorry the pics are not the best

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  20. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer Senior member

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    And the added benefit to Aero, if I understand correctly, is that if you don't like the mtm jacket they will keep the first and make another at no cost with adjusted measurements?

    If so, that's amazing; makes me feel alot better about an mtm internet order.


    I have no personal experience with that situation but I believe you are correct. They do not give refunds but they'll make you another jacket. I have seen them post "returned" jackets on eBay and their UK website at significant discount.

    Some pics ... brown FQHH Highwayman:

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