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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Peter Bowden, Jan 12, 2019.
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Bet I can talk Tony into flying out to Nashville as soon as the weather breaks. He'll probably want an embroidered fist holding a red rose with blood dripping out of the stem on a Black Buffalo CR. I want her to embroidery me a crying skull wearing a headband that reads 'This is my last jacket' on an alligator trench coat.
Always wonder how these people mustered the funds to build this leather cave studio...only in the Deep South. Nobody gives a damn about a good hand made leather jacket in New York these days...
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I can't believe people pay 5K for something like that!
The leather looks like cheap thin fashion leather, so does the hardware, the jacket looks poorly stitched (if you pause and inspect the stitching it is super wavy and full of imperfections) and the jacket they show on the guy in the end doesn't fit well at all.
It looks like a 5k mall jacket! This is very confusing...
That pretty much sums my thoughts much better than if I had tried writing myself.
I guess the whole "exclusivity" she's talking about sells among certain circles...
Funny, if you look on their website that exact same video used to be called "How to make a 6000$ jacket that lasts a lifetime"
Guess they weren't selling enough for 6k!
I just wish I could go that long without blinking.
Luxury leather? Sounds highly pretentious in case of this video.
Well her heart is in the right place. But that’s where it ends. Maybe she can convince Aero to take her as an intern/ volunteer coffee maker? I always wonder what these people would think if they encountered a true high quality jacket. Or even hide for that matter. I’d imagine the thought would be like “oh no. I’ve made a huge mistake”. And then quickly abscond into oblivion.
They would most likely convince themselves that they do it better...
I was wondering if she might turn up here some day. I've been aware of her shop for some time because of my interest in a Nashville cowboy boot maker, Wes Shugart of Music City Leather. He's promoted this shop several times on his social media accts. Pics of his wife in her custom jacket from the shop. They've done joint promotions with other Nashville "artisans" like hatWRKS where you can pick up an overpriced, artificially distressed, custom made hat.
Plenty of disposable income around Nashvlle for such things. Nashville is only an hour away so Wes is on the list of makers for my next pair but you won't find me around the other shops.
It reminds me of these guys in London:
Same kinda overpriced bespoke fashion thing going on.
Its weird how even photographed these jackets have an instant "mall vibe" compared to the usual makers we see around here.
And what is the obsession with "buttery soft" in these circles?
I have never buttered my leather, it doesn't sound like a good idea.
She skives the leather on the seams and uses glue, which Aero and I’m sure other high end makers don’t do. Using glue apparently makes repairs difficult, which might be a problem if the owners of these jackets send them back in to be repaired or altered in ten years or so
She’s good at keeping a serious face for the length of the video. For what she’s charging she should be breaking out in fits of giggles every minute or two.
Not sure these hides would last 10 years in any case...
I wouldn't be so sure about other high end makers not doing this. If edges weren't skived, I don't know how the seams would ever lay flat and most leather workers use cements, not glue and she's probably using rubber cement to hold the pieces in place. If something wasn't used, pieces could never be properly lined up and held in place for sewing.
Contact cement will create a permanent bond but with rubber cement, pieces can be pulled apart and the cement rubbed off by hand.
Aero don’t skive the seams or use glue apparently, according to Ken over on the Vintage Leather Jackets forum. The reason they don’t skive is because the seams are the weakest link in the leather so thinning them out at point would weaken the jacket, and they don’t use glue because it makes repairs nearly impossible. I’m not sure about the other makers.
I'm not the expert here but that is done in shoemaking and look at how long leather shoes and boots last and they get more abuse than any leather jacket will ever receive.
Just because a maker doesn't do it doesn't mean it's a wrong method of doing it.
To the best of my knowledge, skiving is the norm among repro jacket manufacturers. Otherwise, you have undesirably thick seams.
Aero don’t skive or use glue apparently, they say so here:
In terms of whether using this method makes it a better jacket over other manufacturers, fair point I suppose, Japanese makers use glue a lot and no one is knocking the quality of their work. Still, for longevity and ease of repair it would be better to avoid skiving and glue, not that it makes much difference in this case as I doubt the owners of these jackets would keep them long enough to need alterations. I certainly wouldn’t. Keep one that is.