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Aero Highwayman vs Premier Highwayman

Princealbert

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Hi, I previously owned a Highwayman but found it to be too large. This is because I bought that jacket in my standard suit size and I have since discovered that this style from Aero comes up very large. We all learn the hard way.
I'd like to buy another jacket in the same style but I'd like it to be closer fitting. Is there any point in sizing down in the Highwayman or should I just order the PH in my usual suit size?
Does anyone with experience of wearing both styles have any observations on the pros and cons of either jacket?
Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Edward

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The Highwayman in standard form is a boxy jacket. I wear a 42 in that one, whereas I wear a 44 or 46 in Aero's prewar patterns. As to what works for you, it alldepends what you want. Gonig down one size in the Highwayman can be fine, but you do have to accept it's always going to be a boxy, 50s American style jacket. Some folks size down two sizes, or in the past asked to have their jacket cut nater, but to my mind all that you end up with then is a boxy jacket that's too small.... or trying to alter a boxy pattern rather than buy something that's a narrower cut to begin with. The Premier Highwayman is cut like a pre-war design halfbelt, just a simplified pattern with a yoke on an otherwise plain back. It wll fit like those neat-cut pre-war jackets. In between is the Original 59er Highwayman. This latter jacket is based on the original Highwayman-branded (manufactured by Rivetts of Leytonstone, a one-time rival of Lewis Leathers) jacket on which Ken based the first Aero Highwayman in 1983. With that design - the standard Highwayman as we nowknow it - Ken made it boxier and more Americanised by design; the Original 59er is a truer copy of the original. Very similar to a Lewis Dominator or Corsair in fit: much neater than the stsandard Highwayman, but a little bit more room in it than the Premier.

Worth dropping Holly at Aero a line for advice; she knows the product line inside out and can advise which jacket will best suit what you're after, as well as guide you on size.
 

Stringmaster

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Here's a link regarding my custom Premier Highwayman. I went through Carrie at Thurston Bros. I used a 30's half-belt as a "fit jacket" and wanted something trimmer as I felt there was an excess of material in the arms. Carrie sized me up from my regular suit jacket size (and from the fit jacket) in the Premier fit. FWIW I kind of wanted the '59er Highwayman but she indicated that it would be too bulky/boxy on me, as well as the standard Highwayman. After owning the jacket for a while, I like the way it looks fit wise, but it still feels a bit restrictive in the shoulders and arms. In all fairness I haven't worn the jacket a lot due to when I received it and it has loosened up some--just need it to loosen up more. Now that jacket season is coming up it will see more wear. I'd say that if you are more on the average to lean side you might like the Premier fit, but if you are a bigger guy you might not like the trim fit. Here's the link to my original post with more detail/pics:

http://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/my-new-custom-premier-highwayman.89630/
 

nick123

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I have a new steer Highwayman arriving Friday. I will provide info on it for reference. I know I do better in a 30s style but the Highwayman is SO COOL.
 

Princealbert

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Thank you for the input guys - that's incredibly helpful, especially your detailed synopsis Edward.
I have a fairly lean build and I suspect that Premier Highwayman is going to be the way to go for me.
Stringman, I love the look of your jacket with the many non-standard details and the trimmer fit in the arms is definitely what I am looking for.
 

Cyber Lip

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I wear a 42 in their Premiere jackets, but a 38 in a standard highwayman. Sizing down in that style works great as long as you can spec the sleeve and back lengths
 

Princealbert

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I wear a 42 in their Premiere jackets, but a 38 in a standard highwayman. Sizing down in that style works great as long as you can spec the sleeve and back lengths
Thanks. Would you regard 42 as your ‘normal’ size in say a suit jacket so that you are going down two sizes to get a good fit in the standard Highwayman?
 

GW KY

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Did extensive talking with Carrie at Thurston, and emailed Aero. I used a 38 fit jacket HWM and am usually a 42 suit jacket. It was perfect, form fitting, not boxy at all. Figure out length of body and arms and it should be what you are looking for. I considered the premiere, but it is a bit different than the classic HWM.
I tried on a very thick cordovan cxl fqhh, looked gorgeous, but was a bit heavy for me. I wanted a warmer weather jacket, so went with dark seal vicenza, olive sateen lining. Fingers crossed, here early December!
 

johnnyutah#9

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I picked up this modified premier Highwayman. Beautiful jacket but feels a little restrictive in the shoulders and back. Maybe a little short. I dig the trimness of the premier range and like a slim fit but do you think this a little small on me?

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Hi, I previously owned a Highwayman but found it to be too large. This is because I bought that jacket in my standard suit size and I have since discovered that this style from Aero comes up very large. We all learn the hard way.
I'd like to buy another jacket in the same style but I'd like it to be closer fitting. Is there any point in sizing down in the Highwayman or should I just order the PH in my usual suit size?
Does anyone with experience of wearing both styles have any observations on the pros and cons of either jacket?
Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Princealbert

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UK
I picked up this modified premier Highwayman. Beautiful jacket but feels a little restrictive in the shoulders and back. Maybe a little short. I dig the trimness of the premier range and like a slim fit but do you think this a little small on me?


No, I think the fit looks great especially as the arm length works really well and the base of the jacket hits at belt height. Its exactly the type of look that I'd like to achieve. In fact everything about that jacket looks great to me including the fact that it has no zipped breast pocket.
 

johnnyutah#9

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Thanks Prince- Ive been wearing it every day and around the house since getting this. It seems to be loosening up and "morphing" to my body the more I have it on. I'm glad I went with a little tight than a little boxy. Becoming very happy with the purchase. FYI- this Premier Higwayman is a 42 and I wear a 40 in all jackets. I dont think I would even be able to get into a size smaler than this one but everyone's body is different. Grab measurments for sure before getting the same size as your suits in the premier range. Just my opinion and thanks again.
 

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