**NEWS EXTRA**Good Wear flying jackets take vintage authenticity to new heights!!

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by greyhound68, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Mark, is the buttonholer yours or John's?
    Are you doing button holes for John now?

    Great video, BTW- what a machine!
     
  2. GriffDeLaGriff

    GriffDeLaGriff One Too Many

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    Wow that A-1 is really amazing!!
    You must be very happy.
     
  3. fishmeok

    fishmeok Vendor

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    It's at my place for a while, but will eventually make it's way out to Seattle one way or another. John has been looking for one for a long time and I was lucky enough to find this machine here in Minneapolis. That A-1 above is the first one done with the new machine...
    Cheers
    Mark
     
  4. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Well enjoy it for now, Mark. Good of you.

    I was about to take comparison snaps of the
    button holes on my GW A-1... but I took a close
    look and I'll do John a favor and NOT post them.
    They work. We'll leave the close-up for the beaut
    pictured above.
     
  5. AlanC

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    Okay, here are a couple of "real world" shots. Thoughts on the fit?


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  6. rumblefish

    rumblefish One Too Many

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    :eusa_clap Superb! But now you'll have to stay in good shape the rest of your life.

    Alan, I'm a bit surprised you didn't dress it up with a tie.;)
     
  7. STHill

    STHill One of the Regulars

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    I think the fit is just about perfect. That is a great looking A-1!
     
  8. Chainsaw

    Chainsaw Suspended

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    I better get back in my bankers good books.
     
  9. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Congratulations

    Looks great to me.

    Maybe you're worried it looks baggy in the back
    and around the sides and the arms seem a bit long?
    I don't think so (though it's up to you). I think you'll
    find that the leather in the torso will relax and drape evenly and
    nicely and the sleeves will shorten just a touch as they crease.
    You will have a stylish and comfortable jacket.

    Maybe I'm just thinking too much about my own preconceived notions,
    but I figured thin leather doesn't need to be broken in. Turns out
    it does, but not, of course, as dramatically as thick leather.

    It's a great jacket and it looks great on you.

    One more thought: stretch your arms in front of you. The sleeves should still
    just barely cover your wrist. Or at least that's what I think.
     
  10. AlanC

    AlanC My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    ^Thanks for the thoughts. John has suggested shortening the sleeves slightly, which I may end up doing.
     
  11. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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  12. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    GOODWEAR SITE.***STOP PRESS***

    Has just been updated with the latest hides.
     
  13. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    An A1 ...A-1 Alan...Congratulations!!

    Alan, the A1 is one of my favourite Golden Era jacket types!! and JC has just about nailed it, hasn't he!! In a year or two of hard wear, that baby is just going to look darned bootiful..!! Plus with new hides being sourced from the Japanese tannerys, the range he will be able to offer will just get better and better.
    I'm all for small, family owned 'Cottage Industrys' like John's. We need to support the small operators who are enthusiastic about getting the 'details right.' And he's doing it..!
    Enjoy your A-1 Alan, looks marvellous!

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  14. WhiskeyTangoFox

    WhiskeyTangoFox One of the Regulars

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    That's a fantastic Rough Wear jacket, Paddy! Is that brand new off the shelf or has it had some wear-in time on it?

    Noel
     
  15. Cooperson

    Cooperson One Too Many

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    Goodwear Ventura arrived today!

    Being a fan of Californian style jackets I have drooled over the Goodwear 40's style Ventura for a long time. Today, I finally have one in the house.

    Although quite similar in style to my Aero Californian, it is shorter with a vintage trim fit. The quality of the workmanship is something to behold and the front quarter horse is beautiful - not quite as rigid as my Highwayman was fresh out the box. The hide is still heavy but pliable and I get the feeling it with break in quite quickly as the grain is already showing.

    Basic details are: Vintage sized 42" (trim fit). Russet brown, vegetable-tanned, aniline finished front quarter horsehide. Action back. Reproduction riveted main zipper with Waldes name (copy of 1937 Talon zipper).Vintage Talon ball-chain zipper in chest pocket. Inner snap pocket and a burgundy rayon lining.

    My only concern is that it might be a little too trim in the fit for me, so I would very much appreciate opinions of how it looks. Here are the pics:


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  16. RLM

    RLM Familiar Face

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    Looks fantastic. You're worried its a little too trim, does it bind or pull or otherwise feel tight when zipped? If not, don't worry about it.
     
  17. jon z

    jon z One of the Regulars

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    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. The fit is perfect IMO & any befits the period & style to perfection. I've yet to see an Aero that gets it right. Wear it & enjoy it. Now if it was a 40 I'd say it looked awful & offer to take it off your hands ;)
     
  18. rumblefish

    rumblefish One Too Many

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  19. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    Great looking jacket you have there, Coops. Quite the business and really looks a treat. I second what RLM asked. If it binds or feels uncomfortable, then it is too tight; otherwise, enjoy it. It looks like it is the right size, but then it isn't zipped up and it's hard to tell.

    When did you place your order? I placed my order for an A-2 in January, and John says it is about to be built. He asked if I wanted a "test" jacket for size and I said, yes. I would rather pay a little extra in shipping and make sure it is right than save on shipping and not get a good fit.
     
  20. apba1166

    apba1166 A-List Customer

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    Looks/fit great. If it feels tight in places, that's good, 'cause it will stretch to fit as you wear and never be baggy. Wow....that's as good as it gets.
     

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