Field Leathers "The Michigan"

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Tom71, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Tom71

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    I really didn´t want to buy another jacket after receiving my „Imperial“ from Himel earlier this year. After this considerable investment, I had finally arrived at the conclusion, that I had all my bases covered and many times over.

    Then I saw @Robbie79´s post about his navy blue heavily customized X-Zip from Greg Field and reconsidered.


    I really can say only good things about working with Greg. He is extremely responsive and very passionate about his craft. Discussing leather options, thread-color, even size-variations was nothing short of a pleasure and easily the most “personal” discussion I have had so far discussing a potential new order. For me, this is saying a lot, because I hold all the people in the leather-world in highest regards and always massively enjoy speaking to them.


    I ended up ordering “The Michigan” in stock size 44 (P2P slightly smaller than standard) and custom measures for sleeves and body. I know this is pretty close to the design of The Imperial, but I felt, for what I had in mind, this jacket would work best.


    I definitely wanted to go for navy-blue Shinki and upon receiving the new batches of leather, Greg was able to offer me the choice between a very smooth leather and a heavily grained variance. I went for the later and I have honestly not seen a hide with so much character right from the start.

    Greg offers a lot of thread-options to choose from and taking the bright blue one was no easy decision as I was a bit scared that this might look too busy in the final jacket. I needn´t have worried; looks just great.


    The jacket arrived this week. Pretty plain packaging, just a cardboard box and the jacket in a protective wrapping. As Shakespeare had it: “Not a lot of ado about a helluva lot…”.

    Of course it´s way too hot to put up some proper wear, so I basically just take The Michigan with me when I leave the house and put it on when walking from the car park to my office. Ridiculous, I know, but aren´t we all the same here…?!?


    The leather was pretty pliable, right out of the box (Much more so than my Imperial, and I am not even begin to compare it to Horween CXL stuff.).

    It is also relatively lightweight (note the qualification “relatively”). I can only guess, but I think both effects will have something to do with the leather being pigment-finished, so there is comparatively little wax/oil in the hide. That’s me guessing…

    Anyway, I do have a lot of heavy and really heavy jackets, so this is a very welcome deviation and of course, the jacket is by no means flimsy or insubstantial.


    I like the fit a lot. It´s pretty short (specified at 25,5”), but I think this works well with the casual appearance of the piece. The cut is much less fitted than The Imperial in that it has no “natural” hourglass shape. The body can of course be taken in with the adjusters at the half belt, but I am hesitant to do that at the moment. Overall, the jacket looks much less elegant than The Imperial (more work- than sports-jacket) but definitely more casual.

    You will note from the fit-pix that the jacket seems to have a slight “flare” at the front. This is not really noticeable to me in “real-life” wear, and I have no doubt that this will settle, once the leather is broken in a little bit.


    Leather and stitching are beyond my expectations. The color is a much brighter blue than is apparent from the fit-pictures (and much more so than Horween´s navy-blue HH too).

    The two photos in the sunlight show the “real” color pretty accurately. The bright blue stitching stands out, but in only the best way possible, IMO. The jacket is definitely a “looker”, without being over the top.

    Stitching itself is very beautiful and accurate. I am not a stitch-counter but if I was, I am sure I’d be more than satisfied. I enclose a picture to show some details to the stitching.


    I will let the pictures speak for themselves now. I will add more, once I get the chance to make some photos with natural lighting. Any questions more than welcome.

    I am extremely pleased with the outcome and just wish I had more of a chance for some jacket-weather in the next weeks.


    I can only recommend reaching out to Greg if you are cooking up some ideas for future projects. Of course, he is in some ways the new kid on the block, and his jackets aren´t exactly cheap (fully explicable looking at the hides he uses…).

    On the other hand, he is by no means a “newbie” to his craft. Greg is so good to deal with, and my Michigan just oozes artisanal quality. I am glad, I did this with him and of course, it is always a good thing to support a start-up enterprise if it offers great product and service.
     
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  2. Harris HTM

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    I don't see any pictures! And I'm already drooling!
     
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  3. Tom71

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    Some Q&D fit-photos in the Office...

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    And some pictures showing the "true" color of the hide and some of the beautiful stitch-work.

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  5. Guppy

    Guppy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Great fit.
     
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  7. Tom71

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    Patience you must learn. My very young Padawan...:)
     
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  8. Tom71

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    Thanks much! Really, relly pleased. Even my wife likes it. And that is - you know - an highly unlikely event...
     
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    :)
     
  10. Marc mndt

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    That's a great looking jacket! Is there any difference in fit between the Idaho and the Michigan? Or is it basically the same jacket with a different back design and different angled pockets?
     
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    Looks great! I had been enjoying Greg’s posts of this jacket on Instagram and wondering who on FDL it was going to
     
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  12. Tom71

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    You can imagine how tough it was to see those pictures and having to wait for UPS for another couple of days...
     
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    Thanks, Marc! I really couldn´t say if the Idaho is a different pattern from the Michigan. I fell in love with the blue Shinki hide and just went for the pattern that appealed to me on first glance. Was really a stomach-feeling decision...
     
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    Perfect. Just perfect.
     
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  15. Boyo

    Boyo One Too Many

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    Very, Very nice fit & finish! you're putting the rest of us to shame with your recent jacket additions...

    I don.t mean to diminish your new jacket but my only nit-pick of Greg's jackets are the snaps at the cuff.. I'd prefer a button there.. but I imagine a button hole machine is a big investment for 1 man startup company..
     
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    Very cool! The stitch work is quite impressive and the fit looks spot on. Nice!
     
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    I definitely like this blue better than the Navy from Horween. Not to say one leather is better than the other, simply the color. This is really sharp, congrats.
     
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    Thank you so much, Boyo!

    And no, I am certainly shaming no one around here. In terms of jackets, we are all on a very level playing field...

    You know what: It has been the very flashy, shiny snap buttons on the cuffs that sold me to the jacket! IMO they add a kind of a 70‘s vibe to a 30‘s pattern that I haven’t seen before.
     
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  19. Tom71

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    Thank you all for the positive feedback. This really means a lot!
     
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