Very nice. But yeah, it doesn't look russet at all.PLATON said:the leather is capeskin and the color is russet
not very successfully captured by the camera
I can arrange samples to be sent to you if you care to see it in person
Mate! Impressive jacket. As a satisfied customer you may potentially upset some here with pics of your latest acquisition. Just go easy on the more sensitive types. Wishing you a speedy delivery...marcvs66 said:Hey, that's my jacket... BK just sent me the tracking info - which hopefully means that this jacket will be in my hands shortly.
I will try to post a full review once I have a chance to take some photographs, etc. I'm not really sure, if this particular jacket really is of interest to the member here, since it doesn't really fall under the category mil. spec jacket (I asked BK to do some custom alterations to their usual (mil. spec) A-1).
My inspiration came from some images of the 'Admiral's A-1' jacket, which I found while doing some research on A-1 jackets via google (there is a thread on the Fedora Lounge that has some nice, larger size photos of the jacket). I assumed, that the Admiral's jacket must have been a private purchase type jacket since it has a good number of details that differ from your basic A-1 jacket (notice: missing tag and no hanger loop, etc.).
The first thing that strangely appealed to me, was the 'varsity' collar. Now - there's nothing wrong w/ the basic A-1 collar, but I owned a GW A-1 jacket before and for some reason, I could never make that collar work for me. The 'varsity' collar is just more simple and dare I say: less fussy?
The other thing that appealed to me was the light color of the Admiral's jacket. It's hard to tell what color the cape-hide started out originally, but, since the snaps on the bottom/waistband are somewhat of a match to the light hide, I concluded that that jacket did not start out dark brown/dark russet (unless the snaps were later painted to match the color of 'bleached-out' hide). Which helped me rationalize having my jacket made in BK's russet cape (I asked them to pick the lightest hide they had in stock).
Maybe I should have gone with the darker brown knits to better match the Admiral's jacket. But I really liked the idea of using the golden brown knits and since the jacket is somewhat of a made-up jacket anyway, I just went with it.
I also asked BK to place the pockets about 1.25" from the seam of the knits. I realize that the pockets on the Admiral's jacket are set MUCH higher, but I chickened out and went w/ a less extreme position. I also went w/ buttons instead of snaps for the waistband - basically just personal preference.
So - while my jacket is a bit of a mongrel, it sure is a nice looking mongrel (Hey, my dog is an Olde English Bulldog - also a bit of a mongrel... but the best damn dog I've ever owned). The cape looks outstanding in the photographs and I am confident that BK did nail the fit on the jacket (just like they did on my BK Arco A-2).
Thanks Sloan, I 'll talk to BK about doing it.Platon, you should do more of these customer-order pics - particularly on your affiliate thread on the FL. People love, and are more influenced by, 'show' rather than 'tell'.
Reviews are good but they cannot be panacea. If I wear 40 and I order a 44 jacket or give wrong measurements to the maker, I will end up with a jacket that won't fit correctly, so if I post crappy fit pictures everyone will boo the maker. The booing with mislead the newcomers who will subconsciously blacklist the maker.The preference for many has always been to see forum member 'customers' getting the skinny on and sharing their independent thoughts about a manufacturers jacket after they have it in hand. This means much more than a makers hype.
ausreenactor said:I am sure a few customers have been put off reviewing their jackets. I recall one review where the pics of a similar GW were put up and then the post morphed into a BK bash. Like this one. And the only people screaming for the reviews are the critics? I am sure there are many here with BK jackets that are more than happy to have them, but would not even contemplate a review...
And you're different from other makers how???Reviews are good but they cannot be panacea. If I wear 40 and I order a 44 jacket or give wrong measurements to the maker, I will end up with a jacket that won't fit correctly, so if I post crappy fit pictures everyone will boo the maker. The booing with mislead the newcomers who will subconsciously blacklist the maker.