I agree but I’ll also concede the fit and condition will frighten off most folks from searching for vintage pieces. I hereby change my username to: Captain Sustainable. LOL. I wish I could say that sustainability was my motive. I like these vintage jackets b/c they give me a feeling a custom repro never has. And never will! No judgement. I have purchased many, many new jackets. Just something extra in the old ones and I like breathing new life into them. Truthfully, after the repair costs are tallied, it can be a bit of a leather jacket money pit. Nevertheless…There's another aspect to all this. Purchasing used leather jackets is a great way to model for our youth the importance of "recycling." I'm realistic. Buying certain used things is not practical. Lots of folks, myself included, don't want to buy a used appliance, especially with the garbage out there today. And buying a used diamond ring for your fiancee is probably not a smart move.
Leather jackets provide us a great opportunity to demonstrate to kids that buying new is not always necessary and if you take care of it it can last a long time. There are a limited amount of things one can buy used and make an argument that it is better used than new. Leather jackets are one of them. And hey, nothing wrong with buying a new jacket once in a while.