My Thedi Adventure

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by jonesy86, Oct 24, 2021.

  1. jonesy86

    jonesy86 I'll Lock Up

    I started corresponding with Theodoros about a light weight jacket for warmer climates in July 2020. He recommended goatskin and said that he could have his tannery in Italy thin out the usual hide he uses with a thickness of 1.1 mm to 1.3 mm, and bring in a thinner hide at .8 mm to .9 mm. One thing after another came up and I wasn’t in a position to follow through.

    We had planned to visit Greece before Covid hit, but had to postpone until this fall. I started moving forward with an order with Thedi for an MTC 127920 in the thiner goatskin without the shearling collar in early July 2021, as I finalized my plans to travel to Greece with a stop in Thessiloniki to pick up my jacket in October, a little short notice for him, but he said that he would try to get it done.

    Initially he asked for a picture of me with a teeshirt from the front and the side, my height, weight, and chest size. I sent him pictures and the information asked for, and I was pretty specific that I wanted to order the jacket with:
    Pit-to-pit--24 inches
    Shoulder--20 inches
    Sleeve length--27 inches
    Back length--27 inches
    Waist/bottom hem--22 inches
    But I didn’t get much response, just an assurance that he would make me a very nice jacket.

    We had a wonderful time in the Greek Islands. Flew into Crete, then took several ferries to some very secluded islands in The Small Cyclades. I checked in from time to time with Theodoros, sharing our joy in visiting his country and also enquired about the progress of my jacket. He was very gracious, and fun to correspond with.

    At one point he objected to my choice of measurements, and said he thought it would be wrong for me. He said that he has a different process than other jacket makers, and asked permission to do it “his way”. I immediately agreed, and told him that I would prefer it if he used his own creative process completely, and liked the idea of leaving all the details and aesthetic decisions to him.

    I also dug out photos of me wearing an XL Thedi x Thurston Brown Horsehide Phenix Quilted Cafe' Racer that I picked up off TFL classifieds, and sent them to him. He told me that seeing photos of me in one of his jackets made from his own pattern really helped him design a pattern for me in the model I ordered. I had only really tried on the Phoenix to take fit pics before I put it in storage and ran off to a tropical island. I remembered thinking that the Phoenix was pretty tight, but I had a little more weight and belly before I started swimming in the ocean every day. In the end I just let Theodoros do his thing.

    After the islands we took a ferry to Athens for a few days, then a train to Thessiloniki arriving on a Sunday Evening. I had let Theodoros know when to expect me and that I very much looked forward to visiting his shop, meeting him in person and picking up my jacket before flying home early Thursday morning. When I arrived in Thessiloniki I contacted him right away, as it turned out the airbnb we had booked was only 2 blocks from his store. He told me that he could have it done by Tuesday and that the shop was closed on Monday and Wednesday, which was a lucky coincidence given our itinerary.

    We went by the store and tried to peek in the windows several times Monday, while enjoying the city streets of Thessiloniki. The Thedi shop is in the city center right next to a waterfront that has a beautiful esplanade. The city has many beautiful old Byzantine churches, and lovely Mediterranean architecture. It is a college town, so there are lots of young people, and tons of cafes, clubs, bars, markets, and eateries of every kind. Lots of people out and about late into the evening similar to many parts of Europe from my memories of visiting Spain and France in the early 70s. It kind of reminded me of Barcelona, but without the darkness of the Franco era, when I was there.

    Finally Tuesday came, I met Theodoros at his store around noon, and he had just finished the jacket that morning. He said that he had been finishing the tumbling and burnishing process for 8 hours that night. His daughter works in the shop and is a lovely young woman, and Theodoros is one of the most genuinely kind and welcoming person I have ever met. He really loves his work, and rebuilding vintage motorcycles, his other passion. He also enjoys getting to meet the people that he makes his jackets for, and seeing how much we enjoy his work clearly brings joy to him as well. A wonderful experience and I highly recommend a visit to Thedi in person if possible.

    I tried on the jacket and it felt like an old friend right away. It did not feel new, but was completely comfortable from the very moment I put it on. I knew that whatever he had done, it worked, because I felt that the fit was spot on, and again extremely comfortable. It feels heavier than .8 mm to me, and I have other goatskin jackets that may be thinner. The total weight of the jacket is just under 4-1/2 pounds. It feels so good to wear with no breaking in needed, as if I have been wearing it for years, and it has molded to the shape of my body. The measurements ended up coming in at:
    Pit-to-pit—23 inches
    Shoulder—20 inches
    Sleeve length—27.5 inches
    Back length—25 inches
    Front length—27
    Waist/bottom hem--22 inches

    Not too terribly different than what I wanted to order, but I think it fits better than many of my jackets. The smell of the leather is sweet, he has some secret waxy formula for burnishing. The grain on the goatskin almost pops like broken in horsehide from all the tumbling that he does, although I think that causes a bit of a wavy zipper, which I can live with. He mixed and matched the zippers and other hardware, but it all seems to be very good quality. A big #10 double slider main zipper is a fun addition. I have the side straps cinched pretty well so there is room to grow again in case I take up sitting around all day eating junk food, or move to a cold climate and need to layer.

    I like this jacket very much, and wold love to hear what you all think. The whole experience was truly delightful, I want to do it again.

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  2. Marc mndt

    Marc mndt My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Great write up and awesome jacket. Visiting the master himself is a must do experience for every leather jacket enthousiast.
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  3. 58panheadfan

    58panheadfan Practically Family

    Nicely written review, thank you! The Thedi leather jacket is a centerpiece in your collection (as well as in the collection of @Jin431) and fits you perfectly, enjoy. An option for the climate where you are living would be, the leather x canvas combo. I love mine as @Marc mndt loves his (as he already noted, each jacket-type using this combo, the canvas is perfectly matched to the weight of the leather used). In any case it would be worth a trip to Thessaloniki (again) ;)
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  4. Brandrea33

    Brandrea33 A-List Customer

    That looks fantastic on you big congratulations! So cool that you got to meet the maker at his shop too:)
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  5. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

    Great jacket and a wonderful adventure as well, Perfect combo! Congratulations @jonesy86!
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  6. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Call Me a Cab

    Between the beauty of the jacket and the wonderful story I advocate for selling off your amazing collection and being jacket monogamous til death do you part.
  7. TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead

    TooManyHatsOnlyOneHead One Too Many

    Excellent on all fronts. Living life to the fullest. Love it.
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  8. ton312


    Dibs on the Arcaidia(s).
    Awesome story jonesy. What a trip to take and way to cap it off. Great pics and superb jacket!
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  9. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 I'll Lock Up


  10. torfjord

    torfjord One Too Many

    That’s a wonderful jacket and a great story too. Thanks for sharing!
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  11. willyto

    willyto One Too Many

    Thanks for sharing your adventure in Greece.

    You did well letting the master do his job.

    what a great fit on the jacket and it looks great. I think it looks better than some your other stuff that wasn’t made for you.
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  12. Jules Myers

    Jules Myers One of the Regulars

    That is a very cool story. Meeting the man himself and receiving the jacket from his hand-what a great set of memories to start off this new relationship!
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  13. Boyo

    Boyo One Too Many

    Long Island NY
    Excellent, all around Jonesy!
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  14. Jin431

    Jin431 Call Me a Cab

    Bay Area CA
    thanks for the post, lovely read and company. What a sweet jacket!
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  15. nickv

    nickv Familiar Face

    south australia
    Excellent write up and a a wonderful jacket Jonesy. That jacket was tailor made for Hawaii!:D
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  16. navetsea

    navetsea I'll Lock Up

    East Java
    thanks for the story, the jacket does look like it has been yours for the last 10 years. Jonesywear is now exist in continental europe!
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  17. Robbie79

    Robbie79 One Too Many

    I'm glad to read that you enjoyed your trip to Greek Islands and to Theodoros! Beautiful jacket and perfect fit!
  18. Mysteryo

    Mysteryo One Too Many

    Nantes (FR)
    Great story and thanks to share this with us. The jacket is indeed spot on and fits you like a dream! I might have to go to Thessalonique for business trip in may... Meeting creators is always very thrilling! you did good and wont forget this experience.
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  19. Modified_last_call

    Modified_last_call New in Town

    Bucks County, PA
    What an incredible adventure.
    Thank you for sharing and I hope there are more pictures to come.
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  20. jeo

    jeo Practically Family

    Awesome jacket, thanks for sharing!
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