Cal-Leather On The Way

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by pipvh, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. pipvh

    pipvh Practically Family

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    Finally found what I desperately hope is the right chp for me: a 1960s Cal-Leather. Should be with me in a couple of weeks, covid DAE6CBD6-6C8F-4F84-B4FE-3A3B003E6866.jpeg and transatlantic mail being what they are!
     
  2. El Marro

    El Marro Call Me a Cab

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    Congratulations man!
    Nothing quite like a Cal CHP.
     
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  3. JMax

    JMax I'll Lock Up

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    Stellar example of a Cal. I purchased my “best” Cal from the same seller. You won’t be disappointed.
     
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  4. Leather Walker

    Leather Walker Familiar Face

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    Congrats, pipvh! Beautiful Cal. You can feel its weight just looking at it.
     
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  5. dannyk

    dannyk One Too Many

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    Cal is one of the few from that era that was always using heavier leathers and stitched them up like tanks. Ive had 3 Cals from the 50s-60s now and all were great!
     
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  6. Kubatu

    Kubatu One of the Regulars

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    Looks really nice! I was doing my own search awhile ago and I believe this jacket was referred to me, but the sizing wasn't quite right. Ended up going with a Vanson. But now I finally have my own Cal thanks to @dannyk, and it's great to experience one first hand. As far as jacket makers go, particularly for CHPs, they're every bit as good as everyone says.
     
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  7. dannyk

    dannyk One Too Many

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    Even that old beat up brown Cal, has life in it. You can envision how nice it was brand new. Not that it’s not nice now and what not haha. But Cal really did make epic jackets that stand the test of time. Hope it fits you well brother and you get another 40 years out of it. If not Cals sell and can be flipped and traded cause those who know them, know they are fantastic.
     
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  8. pipvh

    pipvh Practically Family

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    I think it was the stitch holes where the badge holder was removed that got me. Jacket has a story.
     
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  9. JMax

    JMax I'll Lock Up

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    The leather looks like Cal’s primo stuff from late 50s to mid-60s or so. Among the nicest old leather you will see. Thick, lots of grain, some smell great. Awesome leather. If the pictures aren’t fooling me, you will be happy happy happy. Now, hopefully it fits well enough to rock it!
     
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  10. pipvh

    pipvh Practically Family

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    All the way from Cali, the Cal arrived today. It’s probably the nicest jacket I’ve ever worn - the leather is incredible. It has the outlines of not one but two badge-holders! And it sort of fits me, though I need to shed many Lockdown pounds and the jacket isn’t flattered by what’s wearing it, as you can see. But yeah, sort of fits...
     

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  11. Torstein

    Torstein New in Town

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    Dude, that looks fantastic. As long as it doesn't feel restrictive it's definitely your size. Motivation to not gain any more lockdown pounds too? :D
     
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  12. pipvh

    pipvh Practically Family

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    The thing is, it’s just incredibly... cool. It would have fit me better last spring, that’s for sure o_O But it’s always nice to buy something based on photos and a description, and have it actually work for a change!
     
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