First, a confession: I've never really liked A2s. In fact I've disliked them quite a lot. I don't like the collar or the waist. And I've always been pretty certain that they'd look really bad on me.
Weeell... I made a fatal mistake, the other day, of wandering into American Classics in Covent Garden and trying on an Eastman Leather jacket. It wasn't actually an A2 but an M-422A, but the leather, the colour of the knits, the quality... I'm not a fan of action backs, so I wouldn't actually buy an M-422A or a G1. So then I began to think about A2s...
I've worked out that what I really don't like about them (and please note that this is my own point of view relating to how I know they'd look on me, not on other people) is the waist. The collar is no longer a problem, now that I've seen Aero's mouton-collared version. But the waist... The way the knit pulls in the waist so that the leather pouches out above it in a sort of lifebelt way. But I've tried on old, very vintage knit-waist jackets which hang straight because the knit has lost all its elasticity.
Now, I realize that this constitutes blasphemy from a purist (and probably every other) point of view, but does any maker do a jacket with a waist that might be described, for want of a better word, as knackered? A jacket that hangs straight and unpouched, but still looks like a Dubow 27798 or a Good Wear seal 21996?
Thanks for any and all suggestions, and go easy on a new arrival on the shores of A2 enthusiasm, please!