I have bought a no brand old Perfecto-stylee crosszip off eBay for next to nothing. It's allegedly from the eighties (and looks to be, in fact), and it's tank-heavy cowhide with brutal chunky-gauge hardware. Postie brought it on Thursday and the thing smelled like a museum, do it went straight in the washing machine (don't start!) and I've hung it outside since Thursday evening to dry out and air the thing into inoffensiveness. I've been out to put it on and prance about in it every few hours to make sure it ends up human-shaped, and because it's you guys I thought I'd snap a few quick phone shots. Apologies for the ugly-looking thing in the pictures, but that's my actual face. Apologies also for the wretched unsightly shorts I'm wearing, but I've been working on my car today, so. Ok. This thing is heavy. I've no idea about thickness but it weighs over 2kg. It's battered but in pretty excellent shape - no holes or horrid scrapes, but some scuffs - and the grain is ridiculous. So what's the adventure? Well, I'm going to clean this thing up, feed it and treat it to some dressing, and then wear the living hell out of it to see if you really can produce something brilliant at the end of the dark eBay tunnel. And also: fit. Of course I welcome thoughts and opinions. I'm a bit of a dunce and I've got nothing on the experience and knowledge of the Lounge, but I know what I like. And I like this. It fits me exactly how I hoped it would - snug in the waist, spacious at the shoulder and chest, tapered in the sleeve and short. Fire away!