Himel Brothers Heron Cossack

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Roger_af, Nov 24, 2021.

  1. Roger_af

    Roger_af New in Town

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    This is my first nice leather jacket that I picked up a year and a half ago. It was previously owned by at least 2 others. I'm unsure how much it was worn, but there was little patina when I received it. I generally wear it in Fall and Spring and have worn it 63 times this year.

    Brand: Himel Brothers
    Style: Heron Cossack Shawl Collar
    Leather: The previous owner was unsure of the leather, but it's got a FQHH label - and I suspect it's Shinki pigment horsehide
    Size 40
    Dimensions: chest 21.75", shoulders 17.5", sleeves 23.5", length back 24.25", front length 21.75"

    I think it fits me quite well, but the sleeves are just long enough (I wouldn't mind if they were 1" longer).

    I really love the grain that you can see best on the bottom of the jacket. I think the grain has continued to come out as I've worn it over time - and I think the pictures from the seller vs now shows that (but I'm not sure if I'm making that up or if the old pictures didn't capture the grain well). I've read some places that the grain pops more over time as the pigment breaks up/wears off, but I've also seen people here say that their jackets have become less grainy over time - so I'm curious what people here generally see.

    I'm also getting accordioning (is this the right term? Like honeycombs on raw denim...) on the arms and starting to get some patina - mostly at the cuffs, but a bit at the waist as well.

    I'd love to hear what people think about the fit, the graining over time, and the jacket in general. Cheers!
     

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  2. Will Zach

    Will Zach One Too Many

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    A fine jacket, I love the family pics!
     
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  3. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Very Cool
     
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  4. Jasonindenver

    Jasonindenver Familiar Face

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    Nice find!
     
  5. Mrfrown

    Mrfrown Practically Family

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    The fit looks great! The grain and character that have started showing are quite nice.

    To me the sleeves look totally fine, but I understand everyone has their preference.

    I feel like we don't get to see many of these that have actually seen regular use at TFL, thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Canuck Panda

    Canuck Panda Practically Family

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    Love that Heron label. Great attention to detail.
     
  7. BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Familiar Face

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  8. Roger_af

    Roger_af New in Town

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    Thanks for sharing! Like I said, I'm not sure where the HH on mine came from. It definitely looks different than the Shinki stuff I've seen (although I had no in person knowledge of Shinki when I purchased this online). Does anyone know where else Himel has sourced HH? Any thoughts on where my HH might be from if not Shinki?

    You can't see because our daughter cut off my feet, but I'm also wearing White's Packers in the photo with my wife above.
     
  9. AeroFan_07

    AeroFan_07 I'll Lock Up

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    Very nice jacket with excellent detail. Even better family shots! Love it that your daughter is trying her hand out with photography already! :)

    My experance with Himel is quite limited, just really based off other's experances here & on thier website. You may be able to send a few photos of it to Dave himself and he may be able to tell you what has been used here. The grain pattern is similar to how my Lost Worlds J23 is developing, however that is much lighter and softer leather on your Himel, which also suits the pattern better. I really love that you know -- I wore the jacket 63 times this year so far...that's awesome!

    I am a big fan of White's boots, however I have to stick with the Farmer-Racher or "lower" arch as the (very high) Packer arch support is just a little too much for me.
     
  10. Brandrea33

    Brandrea33 A-List Customer

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    That’s a very nice jacket indeed. I’m not sure but to me that looks like it may be what is described as Victoria Italian semi aniline pigment (from his leather selection online).
     
  11. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

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    Welcome aboard. Leather fit can lead to ocd since we are all so accustomed to wearing otr cloth which is so much more forgiving.
     
  12. BlueSteel

    BlueSteel Familiar Face

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    Awesome! Great boots and seem to be a good pairing for this jacket style!
     
  13. Rgcards

    Rgcards One of the Regulars

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    Jacket looks great. People look greater
     
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  14. jonesy86

    jonesy86 I'll Lock Up

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    Looks great!
     
  15. Robbie79

    Robbie79 Call Me a Cab

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    Great choice for your first leather jacket - looks very nice, congrats and welcome to the lounge! I also like you family pics.
     
  16. jonesy86

    jonesy86 I'll Lock Up

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    I love seeing all these Himel Herons. Mine was one of the first major purchases that I got in early onset TFL Affect. I tried to sell it at one point, glad I didn't. It is Shinki, I'm not sure which variety but this description off of the web page seems like a good description to me.

    Medium Brown Oil Tanned, Wax Finish.
    The smell is the distinctive leathery smell of shinki mimosa tanned HH. The leather is then lightly pigment finished with a coating of oil and wax to give a glossy top coat that dulls over time with wear. The base colour will show through due to the natural mimosa colour of the leather underneath the top coat. The leather is typically 1.2 to 1.3 mm or (2.5 to 2.75 oz) and can come smooth or grainy. Like all vegetable tanned leather fully shrunken grains will pop up and create ripples over time especially after getting wet that will mould the jacket to the wearer and develop character.
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