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The Japanese Repro Clothing Thread (Real McCoys, Freewheelers, Etc.)

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So at the moment I own three M65 jackets. An alpha industries from 82, an Orslow and an RMC early model. I have long wanted a 1st model because the original is large and boxy. I found the Orslow on sale last winter at a great price and jumped at the chance. Unfortunately it doesn't fit me the way I wanted so I ordered an RMC as well. The Orslow is a size 2 and the RMC is a L. For reference I'm 180 and 72 kg.

I washed the RMC at 40 degrees and tumble dried it for 30 minutes to get the fit I was after. The RMC M65 fits exactly the way I want it. It's roomy enough for layering and it also looks great with just a shirt or t-shirt. Would say it shrinks to a large Medium.

HOWEVER, the quality between the Orslow and the RMC jacket is enormous. I think Orslow has a much better finish in the seams and the fabric feels more exclusive. The seams on the Orslow jacket are perfect, while on the RMC I have found a few faulty stitches. The inside of the Orslow is really nice with nice finishes on the seams. RMC has unfinished "single stitch" finishes, which feels very cheap for a jacket that costs almost 900 euros. Anyway, I'm incredibly happy with the fit of the RMC but they could really improve quality of the interior.
 

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HOWEVER, the quality between the Orslow and the RMC jacket is enormous. I think Orslow has a much better finish in the seams and the fabric feels more exclusive. The seams on the Orslow jacket are perfect, while on the RMC I have found a few faulty stitches. The inside of the Orslow is really nice with nice finishes on the seams. RMC has unfinished "single stitch" finishes, which feels very cheap for a jacket that costs almost 900 euros. Anyway, I'm incredibly happy with the fit of the RMC but they could really improve quality of the interior.

I guess the "cheap seam" finish on RMC jacket is on purpose to somehow mimic the finish of the original M-65 jacket finish. You might not like it but I think it is rather an aesthetic intention than quality issue. The same goes for the fabric itself. The RMC's aim was to produce something that is very close in look and feel to the original deadstock cotton sateen, not to produce the nicest version of the fabric possible. When I compare my original M65 to the one from RMC, I think RMC really succeeded in their goal.
 
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I guess the "cheap seam" finish on RMC jacket is on purpose to somehow mimic the finish of the original M-65 jacket finish. You might not like it but I think it is rather an aesthetic intention than quality issue. The same goes for the fabric itself. The RMC's aim was to produce something that is very close in look and feel to the original deadstock cotton sateen, not to produce the nicest version of the fabric possible. When I compare my original M65 to the one from RMC, I think RMC really succeeded in their goal.
I hear you. I love the material on the early model. It was just a comparison between RMC and Orslow. I have never handled an original 1st model so can’t speak for that. When I compare the interior of RMC and Orslow with my model from 82 I think Orslow is closer.
 

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This an appropriate thread to talk about Relwen? I have not moved up to affording RMC type stuff yet :)
 

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This an appropriate thread to talk about Relwen? I have not moved up to affording RMC type stuff yet :)

Probably not the right thread, given that this is the Japanese repro clothing thread.

Shame though, I have been eyeing the Relwen relaxed blazer (seems like they call it the Flex or the Trap) off and on for years but haven't had the chance to see one or try one on in person.

Would love to hear if anyone has seen one, tried it on, or even bought one.
 

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Probably not the right thread, given that this is the Japanese repro clothing thread.

Shame though, I have been eyeing the Relwen relaxed blazer (seems like they call it the Flex or the Trap) off and on for years but haven't had the chance to see one or try one on in person.

Would love to hear if anyone has seen one, tried it on, or even bought one.

I posted in here awhile back, so if you're in the wrong place, so am I.

I had that jacket for a season in corduroy. Overall solid piece, a bit of stretch, slim, cropped length (on me, at least). The trapper pocket (hence the name) and stand collar are what set it apart for me. Similar style to the Manifattura Ceccarelli Alligator jacket. I am 6'3" and was probably around 225-230 lbs at the time of ownership.
 

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I had forgotten that you posted, thanks! Great to know you found it a solid piece.

You mentioned your own size but not which size jacket you went for?
 

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Can anyone recommend some quality 1920s cardigan repro? Similar to Freewheelers one but something cheaper (or maybe the Freewheelers one can be had somewhere on sale?)
 

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Can anyone recommend some quality 1920s cardigan repro? Similar to Freewheelers one but something cheaper (or maybe the Freewheelers one can be had somewhere on sale?)
Herning, seh Kelly, dehen, artknit, Drake's, John smedley, armoury, Scott and charters, Inverallan...
You didn't mention, but I assume you're looking for wool.
 

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Herning, seh Kelly, dehen, artknit, Drake's, John smedley, armoury, Scott and charters, Inverallan...
You didn't mention, but I assume you're looking for wool.
I am looking specifically for the 20s style, shaker-stitch.
 

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On that note, who makes high-quality wool half-belt plaid jackets repros?
 

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On that note, who makes high-quality wool half-belt plaid jackets repros?
You'll most likely have better luck looking for vintage jackets. I've mostly seen repro brands do solids color wool sport jackets, the most common being a navy melton. Sugar cane has done plaid versions in the past but I haven't seen any recently. Groovin high did a two-tone last year for their fall season too.
 

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