Field Leathers modded Idaho in Brown Shinki

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by borisna, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. borisna

    borisna One of the Regulars

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    Good evening gents!

    Got my modded Idaho today from Greg, and I like it a lot :D

    Some history - I reached out to Greg about 2 months ago to make an Idaho in a Full Aniline Brown Shinki. Sadly due to the company he used to make the pattern, making his size 40 actually a 42, that jacket measurements came out a size bigger than what I asked for. Greg offered me either a full refund or a new jacket, I went with a new jacket. After the new batch of Shinki arrived, Greg told me he is not happy with the leather, as it was mismatched, and he wants to make a perfect jacket, nothing less. After some back and forth we decided to try out the his Pigment finish Brown Shinki.

    Here is the order:
    Idaho in Brown Shinki (Pigment finish)
    Snap button cuffs
    3" leather strip on inside bottom hem
    1 inside chest pocket on left side
    Angled outside chest pocket
    Olive cotton drill lining
    Brown thread stitching

    I have to admit, when I first put the jacket on, I got scared as hell, as it felt very tight. But now after a couple of hours wearing it, it molded to me a bit and feels much better now, cant wait to break it in more!

    The craftsmanship is top notch, and as for materials, besides Greg going with Shinki and at a price point I can afford, another thing I noticed straight away, is that the zipper is extremely smooth, so much better than the ones I had with Aero.

    Greg is a pleasure to work with, and him putting up the progress pics on his Instagram and Facebook, its so much fun seeing your jacket made in real time!
    I asked Greg if I can post the progress pics from my jacket here, he said yes :)
    https://www.dropbox.com/sc/rluhc2ioencxbju/AAAW8ntVzoC4L-85caF7tfSta

    And finally some pics I took today, not the best light, I promise to post more!!

    IMG-2107.jpg IMG-2116.jpg IMG-2149.jpg IMG-2183.jpg
     
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  2. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    Congratulations! Looks fantastic!
     
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  3. Colin G

    Colin G One Too Many

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    Looks great. I prefer a pigment finish to aniline, so in my eyes, I think you received a perfect jacket.
     
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  4. Nice jacket and perfect fit..!!
    Congrats
    HD
     
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  5. Superfluous

    Superfluous My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  6. Fonzie

    Fonzie One Too Many

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    That looks great! Congrats. I love the collar shape too.
     
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  7. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt Call Me a Cab

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    Wow! That's an absolutely perfect fit. Beautiful jacket!
    what is the difference between the two?
     
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  8. Imuricecreamman

    Imuricecreamman Practically Family

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    Congrats on a great jacket! Great pattern and fit for you. Would be great to get some close-ups of the leather.
     
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  9. Robbie79

    Robbie79 One Too Many

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    Great choice, beautiful jacket and perfect fit! Congrats!
     
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  10. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    Jacket fits great and looks awesome. Nice customer service as well.
     
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  11. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

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    great fit, congrats!!
     
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  12. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Call Me a Cab

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    Came out well in the end
     
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  13. Will Zach

    Will Zach One Too Many

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    Perfect fit.
     
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  14. Cornelius

    Cornelius A-List Customer

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    That jacket looks like perfection, well done to both you and this Greg character.

    Please forgive my ignorance, but what is the difference between pigment finish & aniline shinki HH?
    (or was there a thread already addressing this which I missed?)
     
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  15. Mandarin

    Mandarin A-List Customer

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    Looks great! Congrats.
     
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  16. borisna

    borisna One of the Regulars

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    This is my first experience with pigment finish, but up until now my preference was to see the natural character of the leather, and a layer of paint finish hides it.
    Why do you prefer pigment?
     
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  17. Tom71

    Tom71 Practically Family

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    A pigment finish is basically a thin layer of paint over the tanned hide. It will eventually rub off, displaying the original leather color.
    An aniline finish is missing that layer of paint, so you can see the original texture of the hide, including the odd scarring, hair follicles etc.

    Arguably, with an aniline finish you would expect to have a “better hide”, as there is no way of hiding imperfections, but this is of course a matter of personal preference. One may well be inclined to view exactly these “imperfections” as signs of character.
     
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  18. Tom71

    Tom71 Practically Family

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    Congratulations! Beautiful piece and a great fit.
     
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  19. ton312

    ton312

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    Very, very sharp jacket. The basic Halfbelt really shines when it’s this well tailored. Congrats!
     
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  20. Colin G

    Colin G One Too Many

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    Sorry, but I am mixing up pigment vs semi-aniline so my bad. I should have checked my facts before posting.

    I prefer smoother looking leathers with a more uniform finish that don't mark too easily like aniline can.
     

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