The early stuff is phenomenal and totally underrated! Doing a little research I found that Taylor's was an offshoot of Appalachian leather (50's HH civilian styles) so it makes sense the early stuff is as good as it is. The modern stuff doesn't appeal to me. Using corrected grain leathers, etc...just not the same. But I'd be lying if I said my CPD jacket wasn't my favorite jacket right now. Stylistically way outside my comfort zone, not the best fit...but I absolutely adore it.