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  1. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @HD, I'm not here to slam JC or GW. 'All you can remember' never seems to include all the times I ever said 'JC is a nice guy and he makes nice jackets' (and I've said that A LOT but GW fanboys never seem to remember it). My problem is with the business model (discussion of which is free game)...
  2. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @thekiyote, that's some post. You sure you don't want to just skip to the ad hominem attack on my wife like other GW fans? (You know, just to save time). Lol I get it. I always got it. People paid a lot of money and waited a long time for what they heard were the best. So when it arrives they...
  3. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @thekiyote, no. I didn't say that at all. I suggested that maybe constantly I am railing against some GW owners snobbery and elitism. Kind of like when they claim that even GW knits are superior without knowing that GW uses the exact same knits as Aero (I notice that you've decided not...
  4. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    But hey, on the other hand, maybe I'm completely getting the wrong end of the stick.
  5. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @Seb Lucas, That's a good post, and I agree whole heartedly, but I can't help but wonder if there's a fourth 'thread' to this. I've often (constantly?) railed against what I perceive as the 'elitism/snobbery' that some (in my experience, many) GW owners display towards non-owners. At least...
  6. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @thekiyote, I know that my criticism of GW puts me in the 'average Joe' category and not the 'person who is into leather jackets category' but I'm surprised you don't know, being a discerning jacket buyer and all... GW uses the same knits as AERO. All this craftsman/artist/artisan is projection...
  7. Big J

    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover…

    Here's a thought; there's nothing whatsoever special about Shinki other than the fact that people think it's special. The only reason it costs more is because unlike European and American tanneries who source all their hide domestically, Shinki have to import (not many horses in Japan at all)...
  8. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    Oh Lordy, sounds like someone drank the kool aid. Another one of those 'John's jackets are so good they are 'lost on people' who haven't read John's marketing press' posts. Look, however many jackets of any particular contract John has handled, it's still a TINY proportion of the jackets of any...
  9. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @jonbuilder, if you feel I'm 'straw manning' you, please accept my apologies. I had no intention to do so. @thekiyote, I was merely responding to the fact that it is now necessary to put conditionals on comments about GW jackets ('I don't want to get into the way John runs his show'. Clearly...
  10. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    @thekiyote, No he didn't. Jon said 'I don't want to get into the (whole mess about waiting lists and unanswered emails), but John's jackets give you something other makers don't'. Which is EXACTLY the same as saying 'if you ignore all the negative points about GW and then compare against other...
  11. Big J

    GoodWear Leather - 1939 Werber A-2 (new)

    Like years of waiting without knowing if you're actually on any kind of real list that progresses sequentially? Your post is kind of like saying 'if you ignore all the negative points, and only consider the good points, GW jackets are better than other makers when you consider both their good...
  12. Big J

    Celebrities jackets

    Well yes, frankly. There are some outliers who are as tall as tall westerners, but the vast majority are short by western standards, and the short amongst them are much so (as an example, I know several Japanese ladies that buy clothes in children's sizes when they go to L.A. and N.Y.). When I...
  13. Big J

    Celebrities jackets

    Just fat I think. But there is a really long history of female stars lying about their age to seem younger, and male stars lying about their height to seem more 'masculine'. It's interesting how many male stars claim to be 188cm. I wonder if that's with one and a half inch heel cowboy boots on...
  14. Big J

    Celebrities jackets

    @Monitor, there are many people who have anecdotes like that about Mamoa. One of them even posted about it here on the Lounge before. I thought he was well known for trying to pick fights with other people when their girls brush him off. As for all these other stories about celebrities being...
  15. Big J

    Celebrities jackets

    Actually, I've heard from a couple of people that he's a real douche who threatens (but never follows trough) to smash guys faces in when their girls ask him for a selfie together, but then pass on his (shall we say) 'unromantic' come-ons. And that Freewheelers looks like a joke costume on him...
  16. Big J

    My third Freewheelers Jacket - The Mulholland

    I think it depends on phenotype (for want of not getting into race/ethnicity semantics). Japanese people wearing sweaters in June when I'd wear just a shirt, and wearing down coats in March, when I'd wear a t-shirt and a flight jacket. I can't take the heat in Singapore, but the Singaporeans...
  17. Big J

    Is it safe to purchase Japanese leather jacket (radiation exposure?)

    Being serious, there were several cases of people raiding the evacuation zones and stealing contaminated things from the evacuees homes to sell. There was also a case of irradiated scrap metal that was recycled into hundreds of bicycle baskets that were sold. And then there's the kid who sold...
  18. Big J

    Is it safe to purchase Japanese leather jacket (radiation exposure?)

    @high-maintenance, be careful, under Japanese law only the place of landing the fish NOT the place where they are caught is required for labeling.
  19. Big J

    Durable cotton t-shirts to pair with leather jackets

    @Colin G, Ernest P Shackleton, The Japanese suffered an apocalyptic plague about 2500 years ago (I don't quite recall off hand) that destroyed their society Mad Max style. Taking shoes off in the house, separate toilet slippers etc is probably the last cultural memory of that. But in the modern...
  20. Big J

    Durable cotton t-shirts to pair with leather jackets

    @Edward, steel scaffolding? It's an attempt to bolster demand for Japanese steel during almost 20 years of economic stagnation, when to be frank, if the Japanese steel industry is uncompetitive, it should restructure instead of continuing a 40 year old business model.
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