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Tark

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I ordered it in 1.3mm as well; I really liked the thickness (feels like 1.5mm!) and grain texture on Aero's goatskin, took a look at MoFo's A-2 and it looks like buffalo might fit the bill. Shawn said that hide was stiffer than goat but still very supple.
 

5thumbs

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Anybody have any experience of the Buffalo? Tark hits the nail on the head really - my main concern is how supple it would be versus the seal goat I had (which really wasn't very supple at all).

Thanks
 

Fireflame

Familiar Face
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Long post, readers be aware. This is a post about my 5Star journey so far:

It started here when I saw this thread. And then I sent Shawn this for my first jacket:
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Yeah, I tried to copy Himels bike jacket with fur for the ladies.
The sleeves turned out too baggy, so I corrected that and went two more: All goatskins
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I tried and failed to get an "arctic issue" cycle queen grizzly, but thanks to Shawn for working with me on custom waxing the conic goat.
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Then it was onto more jackets based on the same pattern block that I now know works. I sent him some Horween green Cavalier HH which is like chromexcel but thinner and brighter color. The Teamster copy was an accident because I didn't know how much leather was needed and I sent too much. And I just lengthen the existing block to make the teamster copy.
All goats except the greens:
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My journey came to a bump in the road when I tried out the CHL. It is not Shawn's fault. Did any of us ask for softer leather? We asked for thick and CXL finish and he delivered on both. But the leather is too stiff for jacket wear. The natural one could work, maybe.
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There is nothing wrong with 5star pattern.

I have the "best" patterns from Vanson and JL. Both does what it is suppose to do, the back stays down while the arm extend forward. 5Star does this well too, except the CHL because it's too stiff. Not pattern, but leather problem. If either of my Vanson or JL had the CHL it wouldve been the same problem.
Vanson:
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JL:
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Five Stars:
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CHL especially the brown one is just too stiff for jackets. I am sorry Shawn got caught up in this. I am sorry members here including myself bought into this. But it got nothing to do with Shawn as a reliable jacket maker and definitely nothing wrong with the 5 star patterns.

More 5star jackets on the way. Yes, I am a big fan of 5star. Because it's a lot of value. The quality is on par with Western brands, but at lower price. And Shawn's willingness to try anything for his customers. JL does this too, but they cost more than 5Star.

Have a great weekend everyone that took the time to read this post!

amazing jackets you got there. Love to see this. Thanks for posting some of your projects with 5*
 

Webafile

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111
So my fitment jacket is ready and going to be shipped out to me. Hopefully I can make some good choices with adjustments and get a great leather jacket. Still thinking between 2mm cow or premium goat.

So far only thing I will be asking him to change will be the collar and I will try to get more detailed on that when it comes in because from these photos it looks a little .
 

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Canuck Panda

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OK. I got the jacket. Long review. Jacket photos first. And an interesting question towards the end.

5Star Essex HH 000.jpg

5Star Essex HH 001.jpg

Horween's Essex is a naked hide and has everything. Smooth grain, pebble grain, "scrotum" grains, stretch marks, mane marks, vein marks. And soft like butter. I got mine from Maverick Leather in Oregon. I have seen JL jackets in this leather, not sure if that's their regular offering. But more makers could consider this leather. It's pretty cool.

IMG_6342.jpg

Some fit pics. Shawn is spot on with every measurement I gave him. I think this is doable when the edges are skived before the top stitch. Will cover this topic further down.

5Star Horween Essex Fit.jpg

This is not a repro. More a McJacket smashed together with three 30s design. From different sides of the Atlantic.
This is what I like about 5Star the most. The full on custom design jacket, without breaking the bank.
IMG_6352.jpg


OK. Some numbers and my thoughts about 5Star before getting into the skive edge thing.
EDITED 9/16 7:20pm
Shawn’s price for custom jacket without leather is 200 for this one. He emailed me. So total is 650. This changes things in comparison to Cidu jacket which is not custom. Will post more when I get the jacket.
Cost. Shawn's custom jacket price is the same 200, plus 200 for the leather bought at Maverick, plus 200 for shipping to Pakistan. Even I'd declared 5 dollars for value, there was still some duty on Shawn's end when he received the leather. He did not charge me. Since I live in Vancouver, I paid about 50 bucks to DHL for customs when the jacket arrives. So my total cost for a custom leather jacket using Horween HH is 800 US dollars. A quarter of that went to shipping. Funny fact about shipping, it would only cost fraction more to ship more leather for 5 jackets. So doing one jacket at a time for shipping isn't the most economical.
Quality: I keep saying this, but I cannot find the difference between Pakistan craftsmanship versus UK / US craftsmanship. The inequalities in the wages does not directly impact the quality of craftsmanship. Sewing is still just sewing.
Leather Option / Brand: This is something I would encourage Shawn to focus his growth on. Right now he does not offer nicer leather other than the CHL which is still in trial stages. The choice of leather ties directly to the growth of his brand and also the potential increase of resale value for the customer. It's really a win win situation for all in the long term. Upgraded leather options will upgrade the brand image and eventually will result in upgraded resale value for the customer.


Now, onto the most interesting thing I found out by accident - Skived or unskived edges:
This 5Star jacket uses the skived edges method. The edges are skived down about 1/3 and glue is used before sewn together.
IMG_6336.jpg
This SB jacket (or any Aero jacket) is made without skived edges and without glue:
IMG_6346.jpg

I noticed the difference by accident only because I know the leather I sent Shawn was super thick. I played with it before I sent them to him, so I knew exactly what it was. By the time the jacket came back, it didn't feel as thick. But after using the caliper to measure it still is thick.
BUT ALL THE EDGES FELT THIN. Which lead to this investigation.
From this accidental discovery, I've found that thinner leather, when unskived, will make the jacket feel a lot thicker. And vice versa for thick leather. And I went to look at all the brands I have and I found that:
Aero, SB, FL, Lewis, Vanson, GW = 100% Unskived method.
JL, LW, Himel = some parts felt like it was skived. Mostly unskived.
5Star, and Italian overpriced brands like Prada, is fully skived.

5Star jacket owners:
Do you wish for skived or unskived edges?

I just hemmed my fast fashion pants myself recently, and my little Singer had trouble sewing through the thick folded area. I ended up using the hand crank on the side and pulling the fabric to get it to go over. It had a lot to do with the height of my presser foot? Anyone with more sewing experiences please chime in. Would special machine be needed for thicker sewing?

IMG_6350.jpg


Finally, without making this post into a skive vs unskived battle, let's focus on the most important 5Star issue here:

Please ask Shawn for better leather!

Veg tan, soft temper, full grain, naked, aniline!
 
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TheDonEffect

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OK. I got the jacket. Long review. Jacket photos first. And an interesting question towards the end.

View attachment 362082
View attachment 362083
Horween's Essex is a naked hide and has everything. Smooth grain, pebble grain, "scrotum" grains, stretch marks, mane marks, vein marks. And soft like butter. I got mine from Maverick Leather in Oregon. I have seen JL jackets in this leather, not sure if that's their regular offering. But more makers could consider this leather. It's pretty cool.

View attachment 362085
Some fit pics. Shawn is spot on with every measurement I gave him. I think this is doable when the edges are skived before the top stitch. Will cover this topic further down.

View attachment 362087
This is not a repro. More a McJacket smashed together with three 30s design. From different sides of the Atlantic.
This is what I like about 5Star the most. The full on custom design jacket, without breaking the bank.
View attachment 362088

OK. Some numbers and my thoughts about 5Star before getting into the skive edge thing.
Cost. Shawn's custom jacket price is the same 350, plus 200 for the leather bought at Maverick, plus 200 for shipping to Pakistan. Even I'd declared 5 dollars for value, there was still some duty on Shawn's end when he received the leather. He did not charge me. Since I live in Vancouver, I paid about 50 bucks to DHL for customs when the jacket arrives. So my total cost for a custom leather jacket using Horween HH is 800 US dollars. A quarter of that went to shipping. Funny fact about shipping, it would only cost fraction more to ship more leather for 5 jackets. So doing one jacket at a time for shipping isn't the most economical.
Quality: I keep saying this, but I cannot find the difference between Pakistan craftsmanship versus UK / US craftsmanship. The inequalities in the wages does not directly impact the quality of craftsmanship. Sewing is still just sewing.
Leather Option / Brand: This is something I would encourage Shawn to focus his growth on. Right now he does not offer nicer leather other than the CHL which is still in trial stages. The choice of leather ties directly to the growth of his brand and also the potential increase of resale value for the customer. It's really a win win situation for all in the long term. Upgraded leather options will upgrade the brand image and eventually will result in upgraded resale value for the customer.


Now, onto the most interesting thing I found out by accident - Skived or unskived edges:
This 5Star jacket uses the skived edges method. The edges are skived down about 1/3 and glue is used before sewn together.
View attachment 362092 This SB jacket (or any Aero jacket) is made without skived edges and without glue:
View attachment 362094
I noticed the difference by accident only because I know the leather I sent Shawn was super thick. I played with it before I sent them to him, so I knew exactly what it was. By the time the jacket came back, it didn't feel as thick. But after using the caliper to measure it still is thick.
BUT ALL THE EDGES FELT THIN. Which lead to this investigation.
From this accidental discovery, I've found that thinner leather, when unskived, will make the jacket feel a lot thicker. And vice versa for thick leather. And I went to look at all the brands I have and I found that:
Aero, SB, FL, Lewis, Vanson, GW = 100% Unskived method.
JL, LW, Himel = some parts felt like it was skived. Mostly unskived.
5Star, and Italian overpriced brands like Prada, is fully skived.

5Star jacket owners:
Do you wish for skived or unskived edges?

I just hemmed my fast fashion pants myself recently, and my little Singer had trouble sewing through the thick folded area. I ended up using the hand crank on the side and pulling the fabric to get it to go over. It had a lot to do with the height of my presser foot? Anyone with more sewing experiences please chime in. Would special machine be needed for thicker sewing?

View attachment 362096

Finally, without making this post into a skive vs unskived battle, let's focus on the most important 5Star issue here:

Please ask Shawn for better leather!

Veg tan, soft temper, full grain, naked, aniline!


Very educational post. I will echo that the workmanship of at least my jacket was great, and like you I found no discernible difference between the workmanship of this jacket vs really any jacket from anywhere else other than some outlier makers that go out of their way so they can say things like a hundred stitches per inch or whatever. More specifically, sure I found an "issue" here and there, but I could find "issues" with just about every jacket I've handled, so all in all craftsmanship/workmanship should not be in question here.

Interesting with how the pricing ended up being, I remember talking with H121 about his experience and I remember it being slightly cheaper, maybe a hundred or two, and that was factoring in $400 for the leather itself IIRC. $350 seems much more in line with labor shipping and material (liner, zips, buttons, thread, etc) costs, I remember that past discussion being something really low like $20.

I agree with you in that I hope they offer more interesting leather choices, but I wouldn't blame Shawn for not going fully into that route, at least in the near future since he gains a good cost advantage by sourcing/making his own leather, since he'll charge you 350 and you supply your own vs 350 for a full jacket.

And this is not a knock on 5* as it is a practical commentary of the market, but I would think people would have a hard time paying 800+ for a 5* Horween CXL jacket vs say an Aero, and I think Shawn is aware of that. Sure, Shawn could do one off customs which will draw certain folks, but the market can't be that big, most consumers will want to look at a catalog, choose a style and leather, and then make some small changes and alterations, ie the Aero model, and then want some level of satisfaction guarantee.

Having now seen the CHL in person, I am excited to see what other leathers Shawn can concoct, perhaps replicate your Essex leather for instance. I will say that his CHL leather is already better looking than the ubiquitous stock leathers I've seen. Having Horween, Shinki, etc in the lineup already drives up the base cost notably that suddenly they're now directly competing with more established brands. I'm not saying he can't, but from a business stand point I would think he'd be better off leveraging his tannery and offering nice leathers but maintaining his price point, and then perhaps make his way upmarket.
 

Carlos840

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OK. I got the jacket. Long review. Jacket photos first. And an interesting question towards the end.

View attachment 362082
View attachment 362083
Horween's Essex is a naked hide and has everything. Smooth grain, pebble grain, "scrotum" grains, stretch marks, mane marks, vein marks. And soft like butter. I got mine from Maverick Leather in Oregon. I have seen JL jackets in this leather, not sure if that's their regular offering. But more makers could consider this leather. It's pretty cool.

View attachment 362085
Some fit pics. Shawn is spot on with every measurement I gave him. I think this is doable when the edges are skived before the top stitch. Will cover this topic further down.

View attachment 362087
This is not a repro. More a McJacket smashed together with three 30s design. From different sides of the Atlantic.
This is what I like about 5Star the most. The full on custom design jacket, without breaking the bank.
View attachment 362088

OK. Some numbers and my thoughts about 5Star before getting into the skive edge thing.
Cost. Shawn's custom jacket price is the same 350, plus 200 for the leather bought at Maverick, plus 200 for shipping to Pakistan. Even I'd declared 5 dollars for value, there was still some duty on Shawn's end when he received the leather. He did not charge me. Since I live in Vancouver, I paid about 50 bucks to DHL for customs when the jacket arrives. So my total cost for a custom leather jacket using Horween HH is 800 US dollars. A quarter of that went to shipping. Funny fact about shipping, it would only cost fraction more to ship more leather for 5 jackets. So doing one jacket at a time for shipping isn't the most economical.
Quality: I keep saying this, but I cannot find the difference between Pakistan craftsmanship versus UK / US craftsmanship. The inequalities in the wages does not directly impact the quality of craftsmanship. Sewing is still just sewing.
Leather Option / Brand: This is something I would encourage Shawn to focus his growth on. Right now he does not offer nicer leather other than the CHL which is still in trial stages. The choice of leather ties directly to the growth of his brand and also the potential increase of resale value for the customer. It's really a win win situation for all in the long term. Upgraded leather options will upgrade the brand image and eventually will result in upgraded resale value for the customer.


Now, onto the most interesting thing I found out by accident - Skived or unskived edges:
This 5Star jacket uses the skived edges method. The edges are skived down about 1/3 and glue is used before sewn together.
View attachment 362092 This SB jacket (or any Aero jacket) is made without skived edges and without glue:
View attachment 362094
I noticed the difference by accident only because I know the leather I sent Shawn was super thick. I played with it before I sent them to him, so I knew exactly what it was. By the time the jacket came back, it didn't feel as thick. But after using the caliper to measure it still is thick.
BUT ALL THE EDGES FELT THIN. Which lead to this investigation.
From this accidental discovery, I've found that thinner leather, when unskived, will make the jacket feel a lot thicker. And vice versa for thick leather. And I went to look at all the brands I have and I found that:
Aero, SB, FL, Lewis, Vanson, GW = 100% Unskived method.
JL, LW, Himel = some parts felt like it was skived. Mostly unskived.
5Star, and Italian overpriced brands like Prada, is fully skived.

5Star jacket owners:
Do you wish for skived or unskived edges?

I just hemmed my fast fashion pants myself recently, and my little Singer had trouble sewing through the thick folded area. I ended up using the hand crank on the side and pulling the fabric to get it to go over. It had a lot to do with the height of my presser foot? Anyone with more sewing experiences please chime in. Would special machine be needed for thicker sewing?

View attachment 362096

Finally, without making this post into a skive vs unskived battle, let's focus on the most important 5Star issue here:

Please ask Shawn for better leather!

Veg tan, soft temper, full grain, naked, aniline!

The real question is how do you differentiate "scrotum" grain and pebble grain? And what exactly is scrotum grain?
 

Webafile

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Man
OK. I got the jacket. Long review. Jacket photos first. And an interesting question towards the end.

View attachment 362082
View attachment 362083
Horween's Essex is a naked hide and has everything. Smooth grain, pebble grain, "scrotum" grains, stretch marks, mane marks, vein marks. And soft like butter. I got mine from Maverick Leather in Oregon. I have seen JL jackets in this leather, not sure if that's their regular offering. But more makers could consider this leather. It's pretty cool.

View attachment 362085
Some fit pics. Shawn is spot on with every measurement I gave him. I think this is doable when the edges are skived before the top stitch. Will cover this topic further down.

View attachment 362087
This is not a repro. More a McJacket smashed together with three 30s design. From different sides of the Atlantic.
This is what I like about 5Star the most. The full on custom design jacket, without breaking the bank.
View attachment 362088

OK. Some numbers and my thoughts about 5Star before getting into the skive edge thing.
Cost. Shawn's custom jacket price is the same 350, plus 200 for the leather bought at Maverick, plus 200 for shipping to Pakistan. Even I'd declared 5 dollars for value, there was still some duty on Shawn's end when he received the leather. He did not charge me. Since I live in Vancouver, I paid about 50 bucks to DHL for customs when the jacket arrives. So my total cost for a custom leather jacket using Horween HH is 800 US dollars. A quarter of that went to shipping. Funny fact about shipping, it would only cost fraction more to ship more leather for 5 jackets. So doing one jacket at a time for shipping isn't the most economical.
Quality: I keep saying this, but I cannot find the difference between Pakistan craftsmanship versus UK / US craftsmanship. The inequalities in the wages does not directly impact the quality of craftsmanship. Sewing is still just sewing.
Leather Option / Brand: This is something I would encourage Shawn to focus his growth on. Right now he does not offer nicer leather other than the CHL which is still in trial stages. The choice of leather ties directly to the growth of his brand and also the potential increase of resale value for the customer. It's really a win win situation for all in the long term. Upgraded leather options will upgrade the brand image and eventually will result in upgraded resale value for the customer.


Now, onto the most interesting thing I found out by accident - Skived or unskived edges:
This 5Star jacket uses the skived edges method. The edges are skived down about 1/3 and glue is used before sewn together.
View attachment 362092 This SB jacket (or any Aero jacket) is made without skived edges and without glue:
View attachment 362094
I noticed the difference by accident only because I know the leather I sent Shawn was super thick. I played with it before I sent them to him, so I knew exactly what it was. By the time the jacket came back, it didn't feel as thick. But after using the caliper to measure it still is thick.
BUT ALL THE EDGES FELT THIN. Which lead to this investigation.
From this accidental discovery, I've found that thinner leather, when unskived, will make the jacket feel a lot thicker. And vice versa for thick leather. And I went to look at all the brands I have and I found that:
Aero, SB, FL, Lewis, Vanson, GW = 100% Unskived method.
JL, LW, Himel = some parts felt like it was skived. Mostly unskived.
5Star, and Italian overpriced brands like Prada, is fully skived.

5Star jacket owners:
Do you wish for skived or unskived edges?

I just hemmed my fast fashion pants myself recently, and my little Singer had trouble sewing through the thick folded area. I ended up using the hand crank on the side and pulling the fabric to get it to go over. It had a lot to do with the height of my presser foot? Anyone with more sewing experiences please chime in. Would special machine be needed for thicker sewing?

View attachment 362096

Finally, without making this post into a skive vs unskived battle, let's focus on the most important 5Star issue here:

Please ask Shawn for better leather!

Veg tan, soft temper, full grain, naked, aniline!
o man I always love reading your posts. So much information and different things that I did not even think about and all the pictures that put it all together. Keep at it, keep making those custom jackets and keep on posting I'm sure I'm not the only one enjoying it.
 

Canuck Panda

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Updated the price. Got an email from Shawn just now when I asked for the invoice. I just assumed the same price but it’s not.
This actually start to make things more interesting now. I will dig into this when the Cidu comes in.
The scortum grains are cool. Maybe a more elegant word will arise sooner or later. Let’s see some pics of that:
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Maverick Leather sold it as “the leather looked like it came from north of the wall”.

just saw Ton312 photos. It turned out the older it gets, the more pronounced the scortum grain becomes. I’m sorry. On my second glass now. Scortum grain are the best, in leather jacket!
 

Bahabp100

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Updated the price. Got an email from Shawn just now when I asked for the invoice. I just assumed the same price but it’s not.
This actually start to make things more interesting now. I will dig into this when the Cidu comes in.
The scortum grains are cool. Maybe a more elegant word will arise sooner or later. Let’s see some pics of that:
View attachment 362184
Maverick Leather sold it as “the leather looked like it came from north of the wall”.

just saw Ton312 photos. It turned out the older it gets, the more pronounced the scortum grain becomes. I’m sorry. On my second glass now. Scortum grain are the best, in leather jacket!

The price was updated because you supplied your own leather .? What was the adjustment ? Thanks
 

Canuck Panda

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The price was updated because you supplied your own leather .? What was the adjustment ? Thanks

That's right. If you supplied the leather like I did, the cost is 200 dollars. But check with Shawn first before sending the material. Customs works differently on that side of the world.

@Canuck Panda, you hadn’t mentioned the Reb_bel jacket was a Cidu... I’m really looking forward to your thoughts now.

I assumed it's a Cidu aka Pineal Jet Leather (Factory name, also on instagram). The green horse mulholland copy is the only jacket I haven't found on Aliexpress yet, along with that Kudu Tenjin copy on his Instagram page. Most of the others are available on Aliexpress for less. There isn't a lot of transparency on these jackets, the who, what, where. I'll post whatever I can find out on your Cidu jacket thread which I just found out from google. Lol!
 

PilotJens

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I can get more info on cidu if you want .My buddy from China knows them :) .
He is a Brandagent and is my connection for a custom bootmaker that accepts orders like Shawn .

He said cidu are some young guys that just do what they want lol .
 

TREEMAN

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OK. I got the jacket. Long review. Jacket photos first. And an interesting question towards the end.

View attachment 362082
View attachment 362083
Horween's Essex is a naked hide and has everything. Smooth grain, pebble grain, "scrotum" grains, stretch marks, mane marks, vein marks. And soft like butter. I got mine from Maverick Leather in Oregon. I have seen JL jackets in this leather, not sure if that's their regular offering. But more makers could consider this leather. It's pretty cool.

View attachment 362085
Some fit pics. Shawn is spot on with every measurement I gave him. I think this is doable when the edges are skived before the top stitch. Will cover this topic further down.

View attachment 362087
This is not a repro. More a McJacket smashed together with three 30s design. From different sides of the Atlantic.
This is what I like about 5Star the most. The full on custom design jacket, without breaking the bank.
View attachment 362088

OK. Some numbers and my thoughts about 5Star before getting into the skive edge thing.
EDITED 9/16 7:20pm
Shawn’s price for custom jacket without leather is 200 for this one. He emailed me. So total is 650. This changes things in comparison to Cidu jacket which is not custom. Will post more when I get the jacket.
Cost. Shawn's custom jacket price is the same 200, plus 200 for the leather bought at Maverick, plus 200 for shipping to Pakistan. Even I'd declared 5 dollars for value, there was still some duty on Shawn's end when he received the leather. He did not charge me. Since I live in Vancouver, I paid about 50 bucks to DHL for customs when the jacket arrives. So my total cost for a custom leather jacket using Horween HH is 800 US dollars. A quarter of that went to shipping. Funny fact about shipping, it would only cost fraction more to ship more leather for 5 jackets. So doing one jacket at a time for shipping isn't the most economical.
Quality: I keep saying this, but I cannot find the difference between Pakistan craftsmanship versus UK / US craftsmanship. The inequalities in the wages does not directly impact the quality of craftsmanship. Sewing is still just sewing.
Leather Option / Brand: This is something I would encourage Shawn to focus his growth on. Right now he does not offer nicer leather other than the CHL which is still in trial stages. The choice of leather ties directly to the growth of his brand and also the potential increase of resale value for the customer. It's really a win win situation for all in the long term. Upgraded leather options will upgrade the brand image and eventually will result in upgraded resale value for the customer.


Now, onto the most interesting thing I found out by accident - Skived or unskived edges:
This 5Star jacket uses the skived edges method. The edges are skived down about 1/3 and glue is used before sewn together.
View attachment 362092 This SB jacket (or any Aero jacket) is made without skived edges and without glue:
View attachment 362094
I noticed the difference by accident only because I know the leather I sent Shawn was super thick. I played with it before I sent them to him, so I knew exactly what it was. By the time the jacket came back, it didn't feel as thick. But after using the caliper to measure it still is thick.
BUT ALL THE EDGES FELT THIN. Which lead to this investigation.
From this accidental discovery, I've found that thinner leather, when unskived, will make the jacket feel a lot thicker. And vice versa for thick leather. And I went to look at all the brands I have and I found that:
Aero, SB, FL, Lewis, Vanson, GW = 100% Unskived method.
JL, LW, Himel = some parts felt like it was skived. Mostly unskived.
5Star, and Italian overpriced brands like Prada, is fully skived.

5Star jacket owners:
Do you wish for skived or unskived edges?

I just hemmed my fast fashion pants myself recently, and my little Singer had trouble sewing through the thick folded area. I ended up using the hand crank on the side and pulling the fabric to get it to go over. It had a lot to do with the height of my presser foot? Anyone with more sewing experiences please chime in. Would special machine be needed for thicker sewing?

View attachment 362096

Finally, without making this post into a skive vs unskived battle, let's focus on the most important 5Star issue here:

Please ask Shawn for better leather!

Veg tan, soft temper, full grain, naked, aniline!
IMO this is the best 5* jacket so far…
 

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