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Letterman Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Baron Enski, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Baron Enski

    Baron Enski Familiar Face

    All you Americans out there !!!!

    Just wondering who makes the best letterman jacket is Stewart and Strauss any good, what about Holloway or the ones sold at football fanatics . Looking for a tuff quality jacket ,you know sleeves with cow hide leather and strong wool body , help me out!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks
  2. Wow I still have mine from highschool.:)
  3. Jasper Johns

    Jasper Johns New in Town

    There's some cool vintage stuff on eBay... More a collector's thing, IMO. Not sure I (or many of us) could ever get away with wearing one, though.
  4. Worf

    Worf My Mail is Forwarded Here

    There are PLENTY of letterman jackets out there. Same companies that make em for High School and colleges will make you a custom job in any color or fabric you like. First one I ever got was a kimchee affair made for me when I was stationed in Korea, embroidered and all. Fell apart eventually. Plenty out there though like the man said, ebay's a good place to start.

  5. normanpitkin

    normanpitkin One of the Regulars

    ebbets.com make beautiful baseball jackets of a similar nature
  6. rocketeer

    rocketeer One Too Many

    In the early 1980s, levis produced a similar jacket with a red letter 'L' outlined in white.
    Here in the UK not that many wearers understood the meaning of American letterman's jackets and the combination of the 'L' outlined in white was applied to a plate on a car as a driver under instruction, ie Learner. I pointed this out jokingly to a friend who wore one of these jackets and he never wore it again.
  7. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    Back when I was in school, studying cave painting because writing had not been invented yet, every high school in town sent the kids to Golden Bear Sportswear.
    I think in those days, before giant corporations dominated the retail landscape, consumers were more likely to turn to local suppliers for specialty items like that. We didn't have a nationwide supplier like Jostens selling us junk jewelry either. We had to shell out big bucks for rings from a local jeweler, who actually made them with real gold and gemstones.

    Keep your eyes out for the Taylors Leatherwear Varsity Undercover #VJ1. It's usually available through police uniform vendors, and should be somewhat affordable.

    Visit one of your local schools, and ask the athletic department who they order their jackets from. If the police threaten to label you as a pedophile for hanging out at high schools, then there's always the mall. These jackets really are not that hard to find, considering hundreds of thousands of schools across the country have to get them from somewhere.
  8. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    Do you really want to wear a jacket with someone else' school, name, and achievements written all over it?
  9. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    What's your size? I'll sell you the old Team Glock Pistol Team jacket that I have in my garage. It's vintage........about 20 years old. Black wool, brown leather sleeves, brown leather shirt collar, snaps in the front, Glock patch over left breast, no other markings or embroidery.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012
  10. rocketeer

    rocketeer One Too Many

    To be honest , that is similar to wearing original military clothing i.e. an original WWII A2 decorated leather jacket, or a uniform with any form of decorations or insignia.
    I once saw a guy get into a serious argument at a military display for wearing the uniform of a French Foreign Legionnaire from the Algerian war period(1950s?) with some rather angry old guys who were easily old enough to have been involved in the conflict.
  11. Baron Enski

    Baron Enski Familiar Face

    Hi thanks to all just wanted to know of a current make to go to if i really wanted one. keep seeing Stewart and Strauss, i ll probably get a one tone not two tone or over the top one.
  12. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    I guess I just don't get it. I can't see wearing insignia that represents something that I had nothing to do with. I suppose there are people who earn their patches, and those who just want them without earning them. You might as well buy some trophies from a garage sale, and tell stories of how you were on a great bowling team, or won a karate tournament when you were 8.
  13. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    You really can't find anything local to you?
  14. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

    Last year I was tripping over them every week in the thrift shops. This year- not so much.
    Here's a sampling of ones I picked up. There are a bunch I didn't buy and some I don't have photos of.

  15. Fifty150

    Fifty150 A-List Customer

    I can see buying the jackets without patches, so that you can make them your own.
  16. 58FURY

    58FURY Familiar Face

    I've got a collared Letterman from the Fifties that I was contemplating selling, a Maroon colour with white leather arms.
    If any one fancies buying it, I can post more info' on it, PM me if so.
    It'd fit a UK Large.

    I recently had a Red and White leather armed Letterman custom made.... there's people selling them on eBay to your design requirements.

    I had one made as a reproduction of one worn by the character "Dennis" in the movie "Christine".

    I know a few guys who have also done the same.... they reported a similar experience to me.

    It would appear that many modern made Lettermans are very heavy but most of all.... very "Puffy".

    Vintage ones are a much slimmer fit.

    Check out eBay.

    EBay UK list almost 4000 items under "Letterman Jacket".

  17. mihai

    mihai One of the Regulars

    I bought a letterman jacket from Stewart&Strauss, this color scheme:


    This classic pattern (leather strips at shoulders and shirt collar with leather back) seems pretty accurate to vintage models I saw around.

    I have another ordinary one, modern cut but this S&S feels way better as construction and materials. You can also personalize them by color scheme as well as front and back patch.
  18. yakima

    yakima Familiar Face

    How would you describe the leather on the Stewart&Strauss.

    Thick or thin?
  19. Justhandguns

    Justhandguns A-List Customer

    I've got a letterman jacket, or stadium jacket, or varisity jacket, whatever you want to call it, made by Golden Bear. I think they still make some quality ones these days, and I guess they are still made in the good old US of A.
  20. IXL

    IXL One Too Many

    I have a Vanson brand stadium jacket which I enjoy very much. It is made from competition-weight leather, with wool cuffs and waist, and a leather collar. The lining is a plain drill, and will accept a thermal vest available from manufacturer.

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