Well, for one thing, its not AVI's workers. AVI is one of many worldwide customers of this manufacturer. I would suspect that AVI is even paying more for their jackets, seeing as they are at a higher spec than the std jackets, and likely require more work and better technique to get right. (at the same time, 'upping' the standard of skill the artisans there... Probably the first time they have been presented with any specific details of an original WW2 jacket.) Also, how do you know the workers there are not smiling just as brightly as your team (great lot btw! I remember Amanda made me a lovely 15142) Anyway... Ken, you can see theres a market for these jackets. I know you have contacted the same manufacturer, asking about having some jackets made to your spec. (and I'm sure you'd pay the same asking price that all their customers are paying...) Why don't you do that. Send them an 'original-maker' Aero 18775, with decent labels... and get them to make a goatskin Aero budget version to correct spec. Just a small run of say, 50 to 100... Quality control and sell them (for £200?) from Scotland. I'm sure there will be a number of interested guys here. Hell, I'll by one and post pics and an unbiased review! Seal with rust knits! (just don't be surprised if Five Star Leathers start selling FSL Aero A-2s soon after ) Seriously.