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theory motorcycle jacket?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Joel_Cairo, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    I saw a black leather motorcycle-stylejacket from Theory today, down from $995 to $500. Looked cool, wasn't sure about the construction though. What's the communal wisdom on this brand? worth the $?
     
  2. TalkBack42Clicks

    TalkBack42Clicks Well-Known Member

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    This is the one in question right...


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  3. Flame

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    Not a fan of the distressing. I like to break my leather in just like my denim.
     
  4. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like Theory as much as the next guy, but I never understand their pricing or marketing strategy. They advertise themselves as a "contemporary" brand that makes basic, staple parts of the wardrobe in stretch fabrics. But, "basics" means just that; their items usually aren't terribly distinctive and yet they charge a lot for them (made in China shirts for $235 or more, pants $250 and up, etc.) As well, I don't really know who buys their stuff or who their target consumer actually is. I've got several friends who work for boutiques that stock (or once stocked) Theory and they said that nobody paid retail for it and tons of it were always on the sales rack.

    I think that they shoot for the market of people who like Prada, Jil Sander, Lang, etc. but maybe just don't want to pay as much. Nevertheless, they still charge enough for their items that for an extra $40, you could actually GET the Prada or Lang shirt (button-fronts are usually in the $275- $295 area). So, in short, why buy Theory when you can get the brand they copy? And, of those I know who have bought Theory shirts (always on sale), they did so BECAUSE the shirt was the closest thing in styling to Lang, Prada, or Sander.

    Nevertheless the styling isn't bad and the quality is okay. So, all in all, $500 isn't bad for a leather jacket, especially if it looks really good on you. Nevertheless, it definitely isn't a stellar deal. If it were me, I'd wait and hope it went down to under $300.

    Also, it is the sort of jacket that, if you pay $500, you will never be able to resell on ebay and get your money back. If you like it, go for it, but it may be something you are stuck with forever. (Contrast to Dolce&Gabbana, on the other hand. I got a leather jacket on sale a long time ago for about $400, wore it for a few years, then put it on ebay and it ended up selling for $450).

    John
     
  5. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    This is the one in question right...


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    Oh good god no, no distressing, no tassly bits falling off... plain black in rather nice (if thin) buttery leather... having a hard time finding a pic online though....
     
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    FVCK NO! $500 for Theory - that's an insult to your wallet. You can easily get a Costume National or a Neil Barrett leather jacket in that range if you are willing to wait and hunt.
     
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    I saw a black leather motorcycle-stylejacket from Theory today, down from $995 to $500. Looked cool, wasn't sure about the construction though. What's the communal wisdom on this brand? worth the $?

    I'm sure this won't match well with your perfumed handkerchief, I would pass if I were you.
     
  8. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    What's the most you guys think something like this should go for?



    I'm sure this won't match well with your perfumed handkerchief, I would pass if I were you.

    LOL [​IMG]
     
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    chorse123 Senior member

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    Theory also shows up frequently at the discounters. I don't quite get it. The materials, construction, and styling are nothing special. But the prices can be very steep. There are just so many better alternatives.
     
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    I'm sure this won't match well with your perfumed handkerchief, I would pass if I were you.

    Joel, you should get yourself a nice Joel Cairo avatar pic.
     
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    Eh, I'd buy from a leather brand or a designer with some experience in leather goods. I mean, if you really like it, okay, but even though it WAS 900 dollars, it's still 500 dollars, which is enough to get yourself a really nice moto jacket from a real leathers company, possibly semi-custom, or on ebay a nice one from a designer with some resale value.
     
  12. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    Joel, you should get yourself a nice Joel Cairo avatar pic.

    I chose this one. Its not Lorre as Cairo, but it sure is dashing.
     
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    What's the most you guys think something like this should go for?

    I'd pay $200 if someone was twisting both of my arms.
     
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    I'd pay $200 if someone was twisting both of my arms.

    Me too but I'd tell them to keep the jacket
     
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    If you're talking about the one at the Filene's Basement in NYC, DEFINITELY skip it. Theory's pricing is borderline insulting.

    Dan
     
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    Fuuma Senior member

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    If you're talking about the one at the Filene's Basement in NYC, DEFINITELY skip it. Theory's pricing is borderline insulting.

    Dan


    Yeah but on sale some pieces are quite nice IMHO.
     
  17. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    Yeah but on sale some pieces are quite nice IMHO.

    That was my feeling. I might wait around a couple weeks and see if Filenes Basement "automatic markedown" brings it under $200 at any point. I found a pretty good pic. Its like this, but thinner leather (As its not supposed to provide any padding, just look cool). I liked the nice floppiness of the chest/collar/lapel whatever. Anyway, a Brando-look for under $200 sounds pretty good to me.
     
  18. TylerDurden

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    First im assuming you ride. Motorcycle jackets are made to take a beating. First i'd make sure it can take the abrasion of sliding on concrete, than it has the propper armor for a crash. Than next, how it looks. If you don't ride, than by all means go for looks alone.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    I'm going to assume you don't ride. If you did, you wouldn't want to ride in that, it's too thin. I'm also going to assume you are not actually one of the Ramones or a member of Guitarwolf. If I am right, I would suggest you not get a jacket in the Perfecto style (zippers and snaps and buckles, etc). I ride a motorcycle every day and I would still not get a jacket in that style.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but...

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    No offense intended.
     
  20. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    J,

    As I'm sure you know, Theory is definitely one of the brands of choice for Leather-daddies everywhere. [​IMG]

    John
     

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