Hillside leather jackets...any owners here?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by ton312, May 30, 2017.

  1. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Wow that may be the worst leather I have seen on a non-mall jacket.
     
  2. ERDM

    ERDM New in Town

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    Just as an addendum to my first post... getting a refund from Hillside has become a headache. I've actually had to get paypal involved. It's hard not to feel like I'm no longer a priority to them now that I want a refund. They've had the jacket back in their possession for nearly 2 weeks now and I still don't have my money back. I inquired about this a week ago and was promised that my refund would be processed first thing Monday morning. Well, Monday has come and gone and... nothing. I really can not recommend doing business with Hillside. If this ever was a company that produced a quality product with good customer service, then those days appear to be over.
     
  3. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    A shame to read about this, as on paper they looked like a great option: a cilassic-styled MC jacket but with the option of CE armour for impact. Pity they don't seem to live up to expectations.
     
  4. JacketAddict

    JacketAddict One of the Regulars

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    Yes, I have a cafe racer and a traditional m/c - both in h/h - they are awesome. You can't go wrong at this price point - very heavy leather and good quality.
     
  5. ERDM

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    I can't edit my last post. (post-count?) so here's the final update in case anyone's curious: Hillside never responded to the dispute, so PayPal reversed the charges.

    Aero, here I come.
     
  6. ton312

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    Wow. That's certainly reason enough to avoid.
     
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  7. Monitor

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    It's sad but they did use to make really good jackets.

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  8. tropicalbob

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    On the upside, maybe this will save a few people who are looking for jackets some trouble. Even if Hillside only loses a handful of sales it will serve them right.
     
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  9. Guppy

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    I hope that they go back to using better materials.
     
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  10. ERDM

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    I certainly wish I'd found this thread before I bought anything from them. It's funny though, there are a lot of threads and reviews on the internet singing Hillside's praises, and from what I can see there was a time when those praises were absolutely deserved. I would love to have gotten a cafe racer like the fairly nice one posted earlier in this thread, or the D-pocket jacket that Monitor posted. I think this downturn in the quality of the product and of the customer service must be a recent thing, and I'm hopeful that maybe they can find their way back to being the "old" Hillside again. One thing I noticed was that the jacket seemed to have been drop-shipped from New York. Perhaps something up there has changed? I don't know.
     
  11. Guppy

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    That's interesting, because I thought they were based in Florida.
     
  12. ERDM

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    Their storefront is; That's where I called initially, and to where the Jacket was returned, but the tracking info for the original shipment shows that it originated in Brooklyn.
     
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  13. ton312

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    That's very bizarre and indeed worrisome. Those jackets could be offloaded from God knows where and Hillside label gets slapped in it and away she goes. Man. Forget that.
     
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  14. ERDM

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    I seem to remember reading something in my initial online research about how they moved to Florida at some point, but were initially based in New Jersey or something like that. I just assumed that maybe their distribution warehouse was still in New York or something. This was to be my first "real" leather jacket, so I don't know enough about the industry to know if that's good or bad. I just hope Hillside pulls it together. We have proof that they can do better than this.
     
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  15. tropicalbob

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    That seldom seems to happen
    It's a shame when something like this happens. Usually, it's the result of new management: the old guy had a passion for his product, but the new owners/managers just want to make as much cash as possible. One variation of it was a few years ago when Frye boots was taken over ny a Chinese corp. and started putting out some very bad product. After the public picked up on it they started their "Artisanal" line, which are very nice but cost a fortune unless you luck into a sale (I'll temper this by saying that some nice boots can still be found among their regular line, but it's hard to know just what you're getting until it arrives). A number of other companies have established two distinct lines, one lower-priced and fairly crappy, and a higher-priced line that has the decent stuff.
     
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  16. rosscoinc1

    rosscoinc1 Familiar Face

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    Did you get one? I am going to Florida at the end of the month and wonder if it is worth the time to go look at them.
     
  17. PeterRocco

    PeterRocco One of the Regulars

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    Hi
    Love your jacket. Is that a special order thicker heavier leather they used in making your jacket?
    I just bought a new belt less hillside jacket on e bay for $105.00.
    Peter
     
  18. Guppy

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    Yes, I asked for heavier weight leather than they used in the standard fit jacket they sent me to get the sizing right. I forget, but I think I specced 1.8mm or 2.0mm. I think I got what I asked for.
     
  19. PeterRocco

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    Hi
    That’s Great that they were able to use Thicker Leather. I like a Thick Leather.
    If I remember about 10 years ago I had them make me a Leather Vest and they used a thicker leather then their standard.
    I could not pass on the Beltless Style I found on EBay. Seller wanted $160 excepting offers on a New with Tags Jacket. I offered $105 and he excepted it.
    I will Post Pictures when I get the Jacket.
    Nice talking to You.
    Pete
     
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  20. Guppy

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    $105 is a heck of a good price, 20% or so of new. If it's in good shape you got a great deal. Post pics when you get it, along with your impressions. It's been about 6 years on since I ordered my custom jacket from Hillside, and it's crazy to think that much time has passed already.
     

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