New (to me) Himel Bros/Goodwear Californian

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by lina, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    Just got this very slightly used Californian, which was the prototype for the new Himel Bros/Goodwear collaboration. Naturally, most of you will recognize it from a regular poster here, who graciously talked me through various jacket issues and was willing to let this one go at a fair price. It's a beauty! Sleeves are probably an inch-and-a-half too long, and I wouldn't mind another inch in the body length, but otherwise I think it will work out for me. I am usually between a 42 and a 44, and this 44 gives me just enough room for a layer in winter.

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  2. singer

    singer Familiar Face

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    I love that Ventura design, love the color. The leather looks really nice. You should have no problem getting those sleeves shorted by a custom leather jacket shop (around here, Johnson Leather does that kind of thing well).
     
  3. singer

    singer Familiar Face

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    And fwiw, I think the length is perfect :)
     
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  4. robrinay

    robrinay One Too Many

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    Envy!! But yes the sleeves are a bit long although they may 'ride up with wear'.
     
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  5. Monitor

    Monitor

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    Just the sleeves; body is perfect. Wouldn't touch it, myself. Beautiful hide.
     
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  6. pauleway

    pauleway Practically Family

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    Body length looks good to me, just get those sleeves fixed and you're gold!;)
     
  7. TREEMAN

    TREEMAN One Too Many

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    Nice.........
     
  8. Grayland

    Grayland One Too Many

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    Leave the length alone. I can't imagine anyone else finding that jacket too short. Beautiful hide.
     
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  9. bretron

    bretron Call Me a Cab

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    Length is long, if anything. Fix them sleeves and you got a practical Grail jacket
     
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  10. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    I agree- sleeves only!
    Very nice :)
     
  11. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    That is a great pattern as I speak from experience. The only thing that needs to be adjusted is the sleeves, maybe 1 1/2 inches. Be careful to not take in too much as the sleeves can always be made shorter but not longer. I concur with what others have said; the body length is fine.
     
  12. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    handymike, you posted just before I did, and everytime you post, I keep looking at your avatar trying to figure out what it is? If you don't tell us, I have a suggestion for a new avatar: Wile E. Coyote, a distinguished gent of considerable influence. :D
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  13. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    ...and "Super-genius" ;)
    as for my avatar, it's a guy who wanted more of a 3-d experience with his transistor radio, so he strapped one on his face. Others took offence @ Prof. Fate...
    I can keep looking if you'd like ;) or go back to the monkey.
     
  14. Fanch

    Fanch I'll Lock Up

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    Nah, handymike, I was just curious the significance of your avatar. I'll have to admit though my favorite is @Superfluous' John Belushi (Bluto Blutarsky) that Craig reinstated by popular demand. :cool:
     
  15. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    What about this guy then?
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  16. ton312

    ton312

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    Shorten those sleeves by 1" and you're:
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    Everything else is spot on perfect.
     
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  17. ton312

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    This is my fav avatar on the FL. This reminds me of what the first guy pushing that button on LOST must've looked like.
     
  18. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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    wow, the finale of that show left me so angry/disappointed that I guess I blocked out everything... this guy, right? :)
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    sorry to derail the thread....
     
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  19. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    I have to agree with everyone and say that you really don't want the length to be any longer than that. Just shorten the sleeves and it's perfect.

    A gorgeous jacket overall!
     
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  20. lina

    lina Practically Family

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    Appreciate all the feedback, especially on the body length. Actually, these pics represent the first time I tried it on with a tucked-in shirt, and looking at them I agree that the length is fine. I am used to longer jackets, but I see that for this style it's as it should be.

    I may have the sleeves shortened, but am wondering how that would work with the cuff cinches. Might throw off the proportions and/or functionality of the cinches. I'll think about it. I may also just live with them the way they are...
     

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