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  1. barnabus

    Hein Gericke crosszip - unknown vintage

    As you might have seen me muttering in the Incoming Jackets thread, I picked up this knackered old crosszip a week ago. I endlessly cry about how I don't wear leather jackets really, but as you can see I can't seem to stop buying them nonetheless. This is unlabelled apart from the size tag that...
  2. barnabus

    A confession

    My name is Barnabus, and I prefer wearing waxed cotton and denim to leather jackets. There. I like to look at leather jackets. I like how they age and patinate, and build different character dependent on the wearer. But when I wear one I never feel comfortable. I never feel that I'm not just...
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    Help! Vintage riding jacket opinions

    A couple of months ago I bought this jacket. It's a proper Alpine Stars riding jacket, but pretty retro. 80s/90s? Anyway, it was kind of a whim, but as soon as I received it I stuffed it away in the spare bedroom on the flipping pile, thinking it was horribly kitsch. Except... Now I sort of...
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    Vanson help

    I'm bursting to order a Vanson. In a cafe racer style. Which means my head has narrowed down to Model B or Comet. Fundamentally they have a similar look, but can any owners clue me up to the actual real world differences? Why would I choose one over the other? What have you got, and why did...
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    Richa Daytona - blue buffalo

    I threatened to do a thread on this jacket, so here it is. I've struggled over the last few months to find myself a decent blue leather m/c jacket - I've snared some crusty old ruins off ebay, and a gorgeous 70s Interstate Leathers jacket that's sadly too tight for me to wear. As I'm learning...
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    Black-Cafe London ?

    Browsing around and falling down internet holes, I've stumbled upon this maker. They seem to produce motorcycle jackets (and gloves) in a Euro-inflected traditional cafe style - which to my eye makes them look a little more interesting. Has anyone got any of their product, or know anything...
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    Find me a jacket...

    You may have gathered by now that I dredge along the very bottom of the marketplace, spending next-to-no money on all sorts of good-enoughs. My recent TT Leathers resto jacket cost £19. That's nineteen pounds. And now I'm after a quality CR. Hide isn't crucial, but needs to be interesting. Age...
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    How heavy is your jacket?

    Not leather thickness. Not gauge of hide. Not suppleness or grain. Literally how much it weighs. Kilos or ounces. You decide. How heavy is your jacket? My "new" TT Leathers feels as light as a feather when it's on, and it weighs 1660g. That's 3.66lbs, or 58oz So it actually is as light...
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    TT Leathers jacket resto

    Spurred by a few recent posts on here, and a restless PayPal account, I bought a battered (battered) old TT Leathers quilt-padded jacket. I scored a proper bargain, I think (you'll remember I operate at the very bottom echelon of jacket pricing), because the eBay seller helpfully used utterly...
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    Pocket money crosszip adventure

    I have bought a no brand old Perfecto-stylee crosszip off eBay for next to nothing. It's allegedly from the eighties (and looks to be, in fact), and it's tank-heavy cowhide with brutal chunky-gauge hardware. Postie brought it on Thursday and the thing smelled like a museum, do it went straight...
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    Waxed cotton canvas trucker jacket help

    As title, I need a waxed cotton canvas trucker jacket, I've decided. I've been searching around the whole internet and found some possibles, from: Gustin (but out of stock of course) - Iron & Resin (Rambler jacket and Lined Scout Jacket) - and Taylor Stitch (Long Haul Jacket) You...
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    Barbour / Alexander Leathers collaboration

    Idly browsing Barbours on eBay (I love a Barbour, me) I came across this collaboration - a mashup I've never heard of before. Barbour x Triumph, manufactured from Cordovan Horween steer. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332066796665 What do we think? I confess that whilst I love an International...
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