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Carlos840

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Hi all,

So, after a few emails, and sending a couple jackets back and forth to AL i finally have my jacket.

Some of you might remember this thread:
http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?79568-Zipper-damaging-leather&highlight=

Basically, i received my jacket and it showed signs of being hammered a bit violently, which i was not to happy with.
Also, the windflap was not as i had specified.

I sent the jacket back for a remake, and a couple weeks later received jacket number two, which showed no signs of damage, but still had the wrong windflap.

Once again Steven told me to send it back, telling me that it wasn't a problem, and that they were going to get it right.
Fortunately, they were able to just redo the windflap, which is now exactly how i wanted it.

So, the jacket, it's a Cafe Racer, with the roadster collar, a dirt rider windflap, shortened at the top, flush at the bottom.
Basically it is the same as the Iron Heart cafe racer, without the double way zipper and with a longer windflap at the bottom:

http://www.ironheart.co.uk/jackets/ihal-01.html

The fit is perfect, i sent them exactly the measurements i wanted (size 42, 19.5" shoulders, 23" P to P, 27" arms, 26.5" back, 20" bottom hem) and they are bang on.
The leather is great, it is their regular Warhawk FQHH, i have literally worn it 2 hours and it is already showing nice grain in a few spots.
The lining is red cotton drill, with cord lined pockets, and vintage brass hardware.
I did ask them to invert the zippers in the handwarmer pockets, just so when closed the balls are at the bottom. In my opinion it looks a bit cleaner, and i like to keep my pockets closed.

All in all, this was a great experience, although it took a couple tries to get it right, the team at Alexander Leathers were great to deal with, especially Steven, and i would not hesitate to ordered from them again.
Actually, i really want to order a brown Drifter! Maybe next year...

Anyway, here are the pics:

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schitzo

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Unfortunately I can't view your pics from here but I'm pleased you got your happy ending. As I recall, you've the right physique for one of these so good luck with it. From what you've written above it sounds like maybe the Warhawk doesn't need that much break in.. or is that me being a bit optimistic? At 3oz I imagine that stuff is too heavy for my liking
 

IXL

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I like the idea of a shortened wind flap, particularly in light of one cafe racer I'm just now in the process of breaking in. It's full length flap is almost a garrotte, at present. I'm sure it will soften....if I can breathe long enough while wearing it.
The red lining holds much appeal also!
 

handymike

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Well done! Gld to hear that Alexander Leathers stepped up to the plate and you had a good outcome.
 

technovox

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That's beautiful looking leather! And I've always liked a spread collar on a cafe racer design (ie. Aero Sheene/Vanson Mercury.) Very cool!
Any pics of you wearing it?
Enjoy!
 

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Nice ... Like a j-100 with Lewis lining :)

Wear it well .. That hide is amazing ( I have 2 custom jackets in it - one in burgundy and one in tan )

My Lavant is also in the same hide and is wearing in nicely ... It does scuff easily not being struck through ... But that just adds character and it doesn't seem to be wearing through to the paler basecoat the way some Aeros did.

Wear it well and glad you got it sorted :)
 

Carlos840

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Nice ... Like a j-100 with Lewis lining :)

Wear it well .. That hide is amazing ( I have 2 custom jackets in it - one in burgundy and one in tan )

My Lavant is also in the same hide and is wearing in nicely ... It does scuff easily not being struck through ... But that just adds character and it doesn't seem to be wearing through to the paler basecoat the way some Aeros did.

Wear it well and glad you got it sorted :)

Funny you should say that, i do own a Lewis Leathers, and it's the reason i went for a red lining on this one!

It just looks so cool!

http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?74729-Lewis-Leathers-Dominator-No-551&highlight=
 

Bunyip

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That's a very neat jacket mate. Well done mate! Very clean lines, and I dig the red lining. Great purchase, wear it in good health, and hopefully on 2 wheels.
 

Plumbline

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear ...... I see the Aero fanboys are vocal as ever !

Give it a rest guys please and keep the jacket maker issues, allegations and nonsense out of the op's thread on his new jacket.

So much for the rules of the forum :(
 
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Beautiful jacket, Carlos. Hurry up with the fit pics. :D
I really dig their D-pocket CR Custom. They should stick with it and drop Ae... um, classic 60's bike jacket entirely.
 

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