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They sent me a sample CXL hide too. Comparing it to the Vic, its only slightly thicker. Nevertheless, I find the leather lifeless, if that makes any sense.What are you basing this on? CXL is about the thickest wearable hide. You will certainly find nothing as thick from a Japanese tannery. If you'd like something even more substantial than CXL, I would think your only option is Lost Worlds, which is genuinely fantastic though their leather is not fast-ageing or brown core.
Hmmm, ok thank you. Not a lot of people are rocking the Indian Ranger so I dont have a lot of reference pics. Ms. Carrie suggested the Ridley, and I was going to configure it to be a clean perfecto anyways (so Indian Ranger lol)It's a slim-straight jacket, which is why it goes straight down and can be cinched by the belt. I was thinking on this earlier, actually; you might be pleased with a more sharply v-shaped jacket that is small at the waist, like the 50s cuts.
The slim-straight jackets (whether this or the Board Racer, which is on the same pattern) intentionally don't really taper at all. For instance, a size 40 Perfecto and size 42 Ridley have basically the same chest and waist measurements– however, the Perfecto has a chest that sharply tapers down, whereas the Ridley immediately tapers under the armpit then is straight through the trunk. The two end up looking completely different on the same person.
I think the Indian Ranger that Aero offers is one of the best versions of that offered by any maker. If you get that with Jerky or Kelpie horsehide, you'd have a look like you want, I think. Bear in mind that its taper is extremely sharp.
I think the best lesson I learned is to buy from brick and mortar stores, or at least from a place/company with a good return/refund policyCustom fit can be terrible if the pattern is bad and/or the company doesn't know how to fit someone (which, honestly, most don't.) For every Thedi and Johnson jacket (both of which are amazing), there's a an expensive disaster from a company with a million options but no sense of patterning.
If you like this look, just get a Lewis. They will let you customize anyway.
Ok I will wear the DH this year, see how it looks next year and report back to everyone lolMany of them are designed to fast-age like that, yes.