Thanks - The jacket didnt cost much at all, and taking it to get professionally and sympathetically repaired would likely add up quite a lot. Schotts like this arent especially difficult to come by so its not like I'll be ruining some rare artifact - I'll give them a go myself - could be an interesting learning experience. Ive already been in contact with Schott in NYC who have very kindly offered to send me some replacement stars for the epaulettes. I wonder if theres any way to repair the zipper tape which has split near the male end - I'll have to do some research!Nice looking Schott Bloodeagle, the fit is great too. as far as any repairs on a jacket like that, either method is fine .. taking a go at making the repairs yourself will only make the jacket more unique and more "your own". If it is worth making an investment in professional repairs can only be answered by you.. but you cant go wrong either way.