The thrill of the hunt is the best thing, as you said, finding that elusive original zipper, or one-of-a-kind vintage piece that you know yourself, and a few other will appriciate.
It's not a big club, and it's not eletest, (ie some Moderists) but it cares about detail, and the important thing is the item, not the person in it. High end fasion is mainly about the self, 'Look at me in THIS! it cost the price of a small family car' that is eletest, and generally brash, flash and ugly.
The coat in descussion screams for attention, like a petulant child (sorry alcoholicartist) but the Irvin, A-2's G-1 etc will alway be drawn on for inspiration because of the real 'drama' behind them, a war, or history shown in the design or wear of the material.
Plus anything classic, like the Harrington is something which will never be out of style.
God is in the detail, not on the price tag.
Well said, Chamboid!
And I agree. It's not an age-thing. It is - as you say - a state of mind.
"There I stood at the bar, wearing a Mae West, no jacket, and beginning to leak blood from my torn boot. None of the golfers took any notice of me - after all, I wasn't a member!'