Five Star Leather vs Johnson Leather for Custom Jackets

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by jonbuilder, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. TheDonEffect

    TheDonEffect One of the Regulars

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    Hmm, my math says 2 maybe 3x, but 4x definitely not. I perused 5 Star and a jacket with HH alone can get into the 300s, I'm not entirely sure what a one off custom will run but I'm operating that a HH jacket will run into the 300s before shipping and all that. What Jin mentioned is about what I paid as well, but I do know that the jackets can jump in price depending on what other things are added and speced.
     
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  2. Jin431

    Jin431 One Too Many

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    ^^ good to know, which distributor do you get your orders from?
     
  3. ton312

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    My custom goats are $330 shipped from 5 Star. Paid $1.3k for my JL 4 years ago. Nothing that special. Existing pattern, JL garden variety overdye cxl. So that equates to four 5 stars give or take $20.
    I did spec riri main zip over the YKK. But beyond that...I dunno. Reading what people have been paying 4-5 years later...Not sure why my jacket cost what it did. Doesn’t matter, it’s long gone now and like I said it was a great jacket. But... huh?
    The jacket I ordered:
    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/johnson-leathers-custom-1930-levi-reproduction.81631/

    The jacket I received:
    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/johnson-leathers-levi-repro-w-mods-galore.91798/

    I linked Jon’s thread as reference for my build.
     
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  4. Jin431

    Jin431 One Too Many

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    Great deal for a top to bottom made to order one off (that helps the maker have a pattern for others who want the same thing) that fits to a tee and looks the part
     
  5. Hh121

    Hh121 Call Me a Cab

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    That's pretty much is the price I paid for your JL.
     
  6. ton312

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    Well you got a great deal! I’m not trying to bad mouth JL either. My point is, quite remarkably, I’ve had the least amount of mistakes with 5 star, and any that do exist, are my own.
     
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  7. Hh121

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    Exactly, those complex measurements (Langlitz) and moc up jacket don't guarantee a good fit, I will be very upset if I exchanged dozens of email, paid over 1k, and wait for 2 months and the finished jacket needs more tapered waist, shorter length, or back length is 1 inch shorter than moc up jacket.
    I think 5 star is quite remarkable.
     
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  8. Marc mndt

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    Personally I hate this kind of price discrimination. I'm not saying that they do it on purpose but it certainly looks like they charged exceedingly more for a perfectly comparable jacket. I'd rather see a maker with a transparent price structure like Lost Worlds: Starting with a base price and then adding an upcharge for every customization option. Although LW's upcharges can be ridiculous imo. $250 for a different zipper :)
     
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  9. Hh121

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    I don't know if $250 is only for change the main zipper to crown or all of the zippers including the chest and sleeves. You can purchase the same crown zipper (No.10) for $80 from Japan.
     
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  10. TheDonEffect

    TheDonEffect One of the Regulars

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    Yeah, from what I read on their site, the HHs are in the 300s going into the 400s, but at 1.3k that's still 3x more, so duely noted.

    I actually remember seeing your thread when I was researching my first jacket, and it was largely an inspiration for mine, lol.

    Yeah, that is weird with the pricing, from what I read and gathered was that custom orders are about 1k give or take so go go figure. Are you local?
     
  11. TheDonEffect

    TheDonEffect One of the Regulars

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    Yeah that is odd, I have my speculations but I'm not here to be a fanboi because frankly I'd want an explanation too.

    Also, I was actually considering buying a 5 Star jacket for a gift for my brother, so hearing all of your positive reviews is encouraging.
     
  12. red devil

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    Originals or repros of these zippers? Do you have a link? I wouldn't mind stocking up on a few :D
     
  13. dannyk

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    that’s my experience as well. With increased price, come increased expectations. Then you’ll see others great stories and great fits around here. When you combine the two sometimes the simplest flaws can really grind my gears. Or god forbid big flaws or bad customer service at the high end prices and it really leaves a bad taste in your mouth. There’s always an element of paying 330 like you have at 5 star which then allows for more mistakes or imperfections and still to be satisfied. Then if the experience and product exceed your expectations you feel amazing. At 1,300+ even if the jacket and service are perfect you’re not really satisfied or super excited because at that price you are expecting exactly that. You’re paying a lot and should receive a lot. I haven’t found my Goldilocks price range where everything meets exactly just right, but I know it’s not super cheap and it ain’t super expensive. Which of course those terms are also relative based on someone’s budget.
     
  14. Hh121

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  15. ton312

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    No I’m in Chicago and rereading what I wrote I want to reiterate that I’m certainly not bad mouthing JL. I just don’t see a comparison between the two companies as valid. I also think of 5 Star as an evolving enterprise, where JL is far more established. More importantly I don’t think 5 star is out to compete with that market per se.
     
  16. red devil

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  17. jonbuilder

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    Maybe Alan will chime in, your experience does not sound like he Johnson leather I have known
     
  18. El Marro

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    I think Vanson Leathers hits that spot for me pretty well, but of course the search continues.
     
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  19. ton312

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    I didn’t push back after receiving my jacket. While it was not what I envisioned it was still very nice. So I just let it be. It was also four years ago and I’ve been through probably 100 jackets since. I’m not mad and if you ask if I would order from JL again? I absolutely would.
     
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  20. dannyk

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    I think you’re right. I’ve only had two Vanson’s. Only one was new. The older 90s or early 2000s Vanson I love and it’s perfect for what I got it for. The new one I just sold. The issue wasn’t the construction or leather just turned out I didn’t like it. I bought in new in 2016 and got it during non/jacket season. So I tried it on, it fit and let sit for a few month. Once I got into it, I realized I just didn’t like the style at all, but it was way past the return/exchange period. I’m actually eyeing a unique Vanson right now and I’m just about ready to pull the trigger. It’s the measurements that I’m iffy on. But the materiel and constructing per its price are 100% what i would expect and want. If I get it and the measurements work out it will absolutely be the perfect jacket for the price. I think you’re dead on with them. Maybe some of their collabs are a different story...some seem perfect, some a bit high for Vanson prices. But for the most part I think that’s bang on actually.
     
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