The New Alexander .... 1st the Detroit (warning picture heavy)

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Plumbline, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    FIRST .. leave off on the company bashing .... if you're not here to comment on the jacket, then move on, there's nothing else to see here but MY NEW JACKET !!!!!:mad:

    I've taken comments on board re. fit and went for a slim 44" ( this is a new direction for me) ..... feels very nice, a little strange .. fitted, a little like a suit jacket . I normally wear my jackets a little loose for most on here ..... this is fitted :D

    Quality if construction .. INCREDIBLE .. I sent my own lining ( heavy blanket muted Stewart 100% wool soft, warm and completely NON-ITCHY) and asked for cord in the sleeves, brown moleskin pocket linings (throughout), cord bottom 1/4 and full sleeves, no storm cuffs and two inside pockets. Snaps on cuffs not buttons ( which can be a pain IMHO)

    The vintage steer is soft and thick ... sort of like nubuck meets vintage leather ...... overall ... I REALLY like it. It's not 50's halfbelt fit, more 30's halfbelt fit.

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  2. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    The zippers are now Talon and not YKK :)

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    I'm liking the new "Black Label" thing ....... and the pocket flaps ....... and mostly everything really :D :D
     
  3. Ishmael

    Ishmael Practically Family

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    Congrats! Really like that hide, and the lining. Great fit too.
     
  4. majormajor

    majormajor One Too Many

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    A much better fit, PL.

    I would pull in the side straps to give the back a little better shape;)
     
  5. repo

    repo Familiar Face

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    Looks good and perfect fit - do you normally take a 44" in other makes? How does the fit compare?
     
  6. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    Hey Repo ... normally a 42 short suit ( pretty much a perfect fit off the peg). My Aero's are std. 44's ( Highwayman, 1950's Halfbelt, Californian sometimes with a little bit in the sleeve) except the overcoat styles e.g. Barnstormer, Stockman, Mariner and Cheyenne .... and sheepskins ... which I normally opt for a std. 42". I wear a std. 44" Eastman and Schott. Vanson is more variable depending on the style. Lewis is a std. 46" (man they're made small) and a short sleeve 46" in most A-2's.

    It's a slim fitting 44" and it feels very fitted compared to a std 44" Aero but I don't have a slim Aero to compare it with .... I have a T-shirt and a sweatshirt on underneath .... and the arms are definately neater through their length. It's more of an Eastman fit than an Aero fit ( if that makes any sort of sense). The Bi-swing gives just enough room to move and it should be great to break in.

    As I say it's a very different style for me ( shortish and fitted) ..... but I blame you guys :D
     
  7. schitzo

    schitzo Suspended

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    how about the hide on this one PL is it midweight or a bit heavier? What say you

    Whatever it is it looks pretty good from here
     
  8. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    This is about the same as the Chocolate ... 1.5-1.75mm .... really nice VERY similar to Oilpull Steer from Aero.
     
  9. too much coffee

    too much coffee Practically Family

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    Outstanding looking and fitting jacket PL!

    coffee
     
  10. jlanderson

    jlanderson One of the Regulars

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    Love the tartan you supplied for the lining!! Perfect complement to the color of the hide.

    Just checked the AL site; the price of their Introductory Offers has dropped by a third, from £450 to £300. Wonder what's up with that.
     
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  11. Boyo

    Boyo One Too Many

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    Plumb, very nice fit and finish on this jacket, It appears you hit the sweet spot for us FL crowd..take note as it conforms to your shape, you may find this more fitted size more appealing. Congrats x2
     
  12. Worf

    Worf I'll Lock Up

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    I see you're rolling up the sleeves like I do on my Aero "Graeme". Works for me too.

    Worf
     
  13. OneEyeMan

    OneEyeMan Practically Family

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    Beautiful jacket and perfect fit.
    Just wondering why you went with Courderoy in the sleeves?
    Doesn't that make it difficult to slip your arms in?
    Lenny
     
  14. Dr H

    Dr H Call Me a Cab

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    12 posts until we hit the Aero vs. AL stuff again.
    Give it a rest folks, some of couldn't give a monkey's about it...
     
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  15. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    Only if I have long sleeves :D ... I had the cord in my Aero LHB and it's really warm and once it beds in a bit isn't so grabby, it just feels nice.
     
  16. Capesofwrath

    Capesofwrath Practically Family

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    Seemed to be the same jacket on different people a lot of the time. There was what looked like an Aero 50s HB De luxe on several. I can't see an AL version on their site so I assume it must be an Aero one?
     
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  17. crimsonofsam

    crimsonofsam One of the Regulars

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    Killer looking jacket,really nice!
     
  18. Plumbline

    Plumbline One Too Many

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    Who cares ... just means there's a few mega bargains to be had for the brave ... that's a stonking price for their jackets. That's cheaper than an ebay Aero .... for a brand new jacket ...... off to have a look, toodle pip :D :D :D :D
     
  19. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Yes, these are really nice linings. I've often toyed with the idea of a Perfecto style, cut a little boxy, with a heavy blanket lining.

    According to their site: "We at Alexander Leathers have updated our label design and therefore we have decided to discount all our jackets with old labels." Seems a very deep discount for the sake of a label - I'd have thought that would be easily switched out, but I don't claim any expertise - maybe that involved taking out the lining a bit again so as not to stitch through the leather, and AlexCo don't consider it worth the time it would take for staff.

    I wonder what cost is on these.
     
  20. Capesofwrath

    Capesofwrath Practically Family

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    I don't actually like the look of most of the leather, or the designs. The 20's half belt excepted. The HH is mid weight and most of the steer looks matt and slightly odd in the pictures. At the full price they're only £25 cheaper than Aero's European steer, and a bit cheaper then mid weight HH too. i wonder where they're sourcing their hides from?

    I see Aero is heavily promoting the 4oz chrome steer now too. I do like the look of it but having had a sample sent to me I don't think I could hack it.
     

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