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.