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    Thumbs up Another day, another Bill Kelso Dubow 1755




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    I guess a lot of people are taking shipments from Bill Kelso lately.

    I will try to keep this as a short review at the moment, I hope I can make a proper review which pits this Bill Kelso Dubow against the other A-2 jackets that I have owned.



    This is what you would expect from the delivery. My jacket was shipped on a Thursday and arrived on the next Tuesday. Relatively small package compared to Eastman and Aero. I placed my order on the 24thOct and the jacket arrived on the 27thNov, i.e. 1 month.



    The jacket unfolded, with the tags on there.



    This is the full frontal of the jacket, the hide is the newer one that they used, a bit lighter and brownish than on their website. The knits are more on the reddish brown side, but definitely not as red as any of the Aero red. Notice the grains already appearing on the spanking new jacket.



    The back side.



    As well as the size tag on the left pocket, there is also the Bill Kelso tag on the right side pocket.



    Ok, this is me behind the King of Cool. I now regret a little bit of asking them to take 1/2 inch off from the sleeves, but an extra inch on the body seems to do a good job for wearing low rise jeans. I specifically ask for a wartime tight fit look, so, I down size from 40 to 38 to give it a try, so there you go! I am 5'11" at 160lb, slim in every sort of way.

    I am pretty surprised that the jacket looks a bit broken in already. I must say, the hide really impresses me a lot. Although I do not own the Warhorse Eastmans, but I have handled them at Duxford not long ago. The Bill Kelso offering looks comparable to the premium offerings from Eastman. I have yet to see the top of the line offerings (i.e. 740euro jackets), but I am quite sure they will be up there in terms of the quality of leather.

    I think all in all, a very pleasant experience dealing with Bill Kelso so far. FYI, Andy usually answers his emails late afternoon or in the evenings, European time. The good thing about us within the EU is that there is no extra VAT or custom involved as they are in Greece. I will definitely write a bit more later on during the weekend when I have a bit more time.
    Last edited by Justhandguns; 11-29-2012 at 09:36 AM.

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    Great looking jacket! I concur with your assessment about the sleeves; however, since you already have "wrinkles" in the sleeves, they do not look too short. I like the fit. Pleasing color combo as well.
    Glad BK has really stepped up and are producing terrific looking jackets in a timely manner at a very fair price.
    Enjoy your new jacket and wear it in the best of health!

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    nice looking jacket i have one coming in a couple of weeks. bill kelso dubow 1755 size 38 darlk seal horsehide. good luck with your jacket kojax

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    Nice. I am 150 lbs and got an even bigger size than you (40). I'm not sure of the Roughwear fit vs. the Dubow, but I am having a hard time with the upper torso fit. Very tight. I think that maybe the extra length on arms/sleeves I added might have changed the armhole placement in some way?

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    I must add as nobody else has mentioned I really like the super imposed shot of Steve McQueen's head(haha)
    "Can't please everyone so you gotta please yourself" (Ricky Nelson)

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    Nice fit, apart from, as you already said, the sleeves

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    Another A-2 we can wear,
    Another thread, another post,
    Another customer well serviced,
    Another brand to discover,
    Another goat,another horsehide,
    Another empty wallet,
    Another f'cking tracking number,
    Damn, Aero is still late!
    Another new jacket to boast,
    We Are the Fedora Lounge.

    Last edited by cuthbert; 11-29-2012 at 03:39 PM.

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    Aah, cuthbert, you said it!
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    One issue I have is that you have posted this jacket as a "new" order that you have just received, yet looking at the jacket, it shows definite signs of wear...



    The shape of the collar, the throat area, and the indents of the snaps on both collar and flaps suggest a jacket that has a degree of wear.

    Another pic also shows a bump on the elbow - another sign of wear.

    So do Mssrs Kelso break the jackets in before they ship them??
    Last edited by majormajor; 11-30-2012 at 03:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by majormajor View Post
    Nice fit, apart from, as you already said, the sleeves
    Ditto. For future reference you need another .5-1" on the sleeves, but the rest fits Steve well.

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