naked HH Good Wear Arcadia

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by marmalademan, May 3, 2018.

  1. marmalademan

    marmalademan Banned

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    A few of the chaps have asked me for a thread. Here it is

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    The leather is a veg tanned sturdy yet midweight Italian horrsehide that I traded for some black Badalassi I had (I don't care for the squeaking). I got it cos I liked the colour. John told me he liked it too, and that this is good dense Horsehide. He later told me - after finishing the jacket - that it has a naked finish, meaning it will mark very easily and can be expected to darken with wear. I did not know this when I acquired the hides, and my first thought was oh no what have I done! The pics above show what it looks like in bright sunshine. Kind of a burnt orange, which I really dig. But when it comes out of the natural light and goes inside it looks like either a dark caramel, or a light caramel, which are also not unpleasant shades IMO, see below:

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    If I take a pic with daylight but inside it looks like this:
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    As for the hide, well, i've had ripe peaches that probably bruised less easy and it seriously would seem to be marking itself overnight! As intimated above, my first thought was oh ***t what have I done but then I quickly came round to a different way of thinking. I have realised that the only thing to do with a leather like this is to get it thrashed asap and I think that's gonna be a lot of fun. It'll definitely be very interesting to see how it reacts to hot bright sunshine (if I can find any) and so I'm gonna be committing to this jacket from now on. This and one other very short one in a different colour, to be settled upon later, will be my only 'wearers' lol. And to wear this one every chance I get is gonna be the plan.

    Here's a pic of the type of marks that just appear from nowhere. Has a good few of these on the back too. JC's advice re keeping it clean was to just use water, but I'll only be doing that if it gets discernibly dirty somehow. My instincts are that this hide doesn't like water, but that it probably really likes sunshine.
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    I'm afraid I've been so absorbed in trying to work out what the colour is that I completely forgot to photo the lining (it's gold rayon), the back, and all the other details. There are two snap inside pockets to mention, which I wouldn't be without. I forget which zip this is, but it's a strong one. I could add some more pics later I guess.

    What I'd like to do with this thread is update it periodically to chart the jacket's evolution, assuming the thing is going to darken withwear. Although that said, looking at these marks which are appearing, maybe it'll lighten?? I really couldn't tell you

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  2. ton312

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  3. Boyo

    Boyo One Too Many

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    Love it.. updates will be appreciated!
     
  4. red devil

    red devil My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Yes we certainly want updates! :D
    This jacket is one of a kind
     
  5. Dickie Teenie

    Dickie Teenie A-List Customer

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    Interesting review, thanks. This will be one to follow for sure.

    You're making it really hard to get my future Arcadia out of my thoughts.
     
  6. Hh121

    Hh121 Call Me a Cab

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    I remembered US WINGS once offered naked 3oz Italian horsehide.
    Your jacket is very unique and beautiful.
     
  7. Gamma68

    Gamma68 One Too Many

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    I can't wait to see how this jacket ages! It will be one-of-a-kind and uniquely yours. That will make it very special.
     
  8. tmitchell59

    tmitchell59 I'll Lock Up

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    I like that jacket. Should take a shot of the back.

    With a naked leather jacket like this do you even get it wet?

    I've always been scared of this naked natural leather. I had issues with suede too but I've overcome those.



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  9. mr_lits

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    Dig it. Let it take its marks and beat it up well. Lets see some pics of the back.
     
  10. technovox

    technovox One Too Many

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    That is simply gorgeous!
     
  11. BlueWallpaper

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    *gasp* that is beautiful.....
     
  12. marmalademan

    marmalademan Banned

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    It's a good question. I've got a natural leather bag that's been rained on a few times and that's fine. I am sure water doesn't kill, but equally I feel like it probably ain't good. Perhaps an expert could chime in?

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  13. torfjord

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    I’m no expert but I’ve made a couple bags and briefcases of natural/naked leather. All of them have been out in the rain and all of them are fine. Sure, the first time one of them has been caught in the rain there have been water spots all over. But the spots “disappear” after a couple of rains ;)

    But I’ve always taken care to let them dry slowly in room temperature. As long as you remember not to speed up the drying process I think it should be fine.


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  14. torfjord

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    And sorry I forgot to mention: AWESOME looking jacket! It would be very cool if you could update on the evolution of it.


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  15. kronos77

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    I had a naked leather jacket and over a dcade it got soaked through a few times. No problem. Let it dry out naturally...no artificial heat...and it will be fine. I hope.

    I wish Aero had some naked leathers like this.
     
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  16. pauleway

    pauleway Practically Family

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    Man, that is nice!!!
     
  17. ton312

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    I keep returning to this thread and just drooling over the pics. This is my dream jacket. The front yoke, the chest pockets and collar. I have to get an Arcadia. I just can't go into that queue. It would kill me.
     
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  18. marmalademan

    marmalademan Banned

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    Not a problem @ton312

    And I can already feel that Carrie is going to love this order..

    All you'll need is an aero premier seabiscuit (I think that's the closest collar) with a 30s HB back, with CR shoulder gussets, BR chest pockets, and Hercules piping on the front. You could ask them to taper the chest to waist a little bit more and whatever you do remember to keep the body length short.. voila!
     
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  19. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    FWIW I think you would look great in an Arcadia. Just put down the deposit!
     
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  20. ton312

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    Man I'm sure they wouldn't go for that. I wish tho...
     

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