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Bill Kelso Star Sportswear 18245 A-2 jacket - review

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Innocenti Kid, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. 20190309_150510.jpg 20190309_150927.jpg 20190309_151053.jpg 20190309_151958.jpg 20190309_152103.jpg 20190309_152114.jpg 20190309_152201.jpg 20190309_152221.jpg Right then! First post for a little while (tho I have been looking in most days) but my jacket arrived today so I thought I'd share.......

    I've been a fan of A2 flight jackets for a few years now, I've owned and worn regularly a Cooper that I bought on ebay around 5-6 years ago. Whilst I really like it and wear it on a very regular basis the goatskin leather never seems to age at all. It looks the same now as it did when I bought it and from what I can gather it must be around 15 years old. I'd been thinking for a while about upgrading to a horsehide A2 and started looking at the various different manufacturers last November. I've never spent big on a leather jacket before and the thought of spending over a grand and waiting up to 2 years for a jacket was a non starter. I wanted the jacket for my birthday which is on 1st April and I finally decided to go with BK. I was assured that if I ordered before end of Dec my desired delivery date wouldn't be a problem. The clincher with going with BK was the claim and photos seen on various Facebook groups that the leather used would age & look 'old' within a few months if worn regularly.

    I placed the order on 14th Dec and the jacket arrived today - 12 weeks later, (so well in time for my birthday!) The negative comments read on here a couple of weeks or so after I had placed the order had me seriously wondering whether I'd made a big mistake, and I emailed Andy telling him of what I'd read, and my misgivings. He assured me not to be concerned and all correspondence with him has been polite and courteous (although sometimes a little slow in response) and i have to say so far my initial feelings on receipt are nothing but delight. The smell is gorgeous, the fit is spot on and quality seems to be first class, and I'm at the moment a very happy bunny!

    Let's see how the aging lives up to the claims! View attachment 159726 View attachment 159727 View attachment 159728 View attachment 159729 View attachment 159730 View attachment 159731 View attachment 159732 View attachment 159733
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
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  2. kojax

    kojax Practically Family

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    nice jacket but red knitts
     
  3. Yeah it's exactly what I wanted. Couldn't give a monkeys about historical accuracy. I'm gonna wear it mostly when riding a Lambretta, not prentending I fly a B-17. No artwork going on this.
     
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  4. kojax

    kojax Practically Family

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    i hear you wear it in good health .
     
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  5. Thank you!
     
  6. Superfluous

    Superfluous My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Congratulations IK . . . I hope you enjoy your new jacket.

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    But seriously, congrats!
     
  7. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    I really like the red knits, jacket looks great...nice one.

    I've got a Monarch A-2 (ELC) for wearing on my Vespa :)
     
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  8. Boyo

    Boyo One Too Many

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    Agreed! Lovely jacket and the fit is ✔️
     
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  9. nick123

    nick123 I'll Lock Up

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    Phenomenal man. My Eastman Star had strawberry red/pink stitching. I know your red knits are historically correct for the Aero contract; but I propose this: even if your jacket isn't "historically accurate", there's still many historical nuances in your jacket!
     
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  10. Nice! GS? SS?:)
     
  11. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 Call Me a Cab

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  13. KentH

    KentH New in Town

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    Out of curiosity are rust knits not overly desirable.. I did read that an Aero contract did have rust knits...

    Kent
     
  14. El Marro

    El Marro One Too Many

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    Red knits are very desirable as far as I’m concerned and that’s why both of my A-2s are Aero reproductions with rust knits.
    Kojax was making the point that read knitts are not historically accurate on a Star Sportswear A2. A valid point, but I agree with Innocenti Kid that they look great and at the end of the day it is his jacket.
     
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  15. Brettafett

    Brettafett One Too Many

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    Looking good. Still waiting for my BK, order placed Sept last year.
     
  16. regius

    regius One Too Many

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    How long was the wait nowadays for a BK? How’s their sales doing?


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  17. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah A-List Customer

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    Rust knits are very common with this dark color and are historically accurate. some here have no clue on a2s. this looks spot on and great.
     
  18. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    You guys better not be implying that BK is using inaccurate knits, that's how you end up getting sued!
     
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  19. 12 weeks I waited.
     
  20. They used the colour that I specd when I ordered. Along with an internal pocket. Any inaccuracies are down to me.
     
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