This is actually a true statement. The people that are interested in making items like leather flight jackets and the like are pursuing an old world style of art that not many want to do.All that drivel Charles wrote about artisans and all that nonsense meant to make you think of some kinds of honest salts of the earth toiling away in a fading, noble pursuit of oldie-worldie, workmanship is quite frankly, a complete bunch of arse.
This is also a true statement. I noticed that things started to go sideways with ELC when they branched out into the whole ELMC/TSPTR deal. It looked like they were aiming for the whole hipster crowd and figured they could charge whatever they wanted to those knuckleheads because they would spend it.ELC are whacking their prices up because they think that they can because they think that people will pay it.
Sure, it's a free market and they can do what they want. As I've said before, my church-going Grandma always said, "It's his cow and he can f**k it however he wants."
I doubt Gary at ELC is spending sleepless nights, worrying if I'm gonna buy an Eastman A-2 or B-3. That's fine with me; Aero makes a nice jacket, and Shawn is doing wonders with the Fivestar jackets. AVI, too.