Mine still gives headaches,,yes it smells like an animal but the animal is a skunkit’s shame because apart from the smell it’s an ok jacket .I have now a received a very nice A1 jacket from fivestar. I can confirm that there is an extreme chemical smell in the package, you should open it outside. It smells like some lubricant like WD40 or something. There is also some oily stuff on the package, maybe thats it. The jacket itself does not smell chemical, it smells a bit but natural, more like animal, like goat or sheep (makes sense since I have a lamb leather jacket). I think that is a good sign.
Well, for me, if a leather jacket doesn't make me want to sleep with it, I'd be pissed! I have not ever bought a new leather jacket (or gloves, shoes, etc) that didn't delight with new leather smell...Mine still gives headaches,,yes it smells like an animal but the animal is a skunkit’s shame because apart from the smell it’s an ok jacket .
Hi Dear Mr. @petermack09To be fair the jacket only cost about £100,,the goatskin feels ok and the fit is actually quite good.The killer is the chemical smell and (my pet hate)the buttons are too big and poorly sewn,Buttons have been fastened twice to try loosen the buttonholes,,this is the result ,,
The buttons on the Eastman A1 at least lasted a year or so before starting to go south,
Hi Dear @petermack09No worries Shawn,the jacket was purchased last June,but hadn’t been worn because of the chemical smell.still a bit stinky but not as bad,,it’s been in the shed since purchasing so it hadn’t been worn.You were kind enough to offer a full refund at the time but I turned it down as you were honest and upfront.plus the cost of the jacket was low,when the buttons fall off I will probably get slightly smaller buttons sewn on properly.I just thought you should be aware of issues.Smell & buttons aside it’s ok,regards peter
Trust me this was a smell like no other,,every treatment known to man was tried,,only now started to fade,,ive no doubt Shawn knew there was an issue,,but he has been a gent throughout,and offered to take jacket back ,refund etc,,that wasn’t required,the jacket cost a hundred quid & I can now wear it ,,just not with the buttons fastened ,,so alls good.Get some leather wipes on it and dose up with your favourite after shave or cologne!
Really sharp!Looking forward to those A-1 pics with the smaller pockets ties70...
I really like the 1.2mm goatskin as well.. Since the zipper was reversed on 5-Star's rendition of the Field & Stream 'Leather Windbreaker' made for me, and the inside G-1 pocket ended up on the right-hand side instead of left, I said "the hell with it", and ordered another with those corrections in the 1.2mm goat, and a few other improvements... The jacket is going through final quality checks now, and should be shipping soon.
Folks, I present my latest design based upon the vintage original, and name it the Falcon X-2:
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The Falcon X-2 now sports a single-piece back and two-piece sleeves like an A-2, G-1 style inside pocket, G-1 style wind flap, 100% cotton lining in both body and sleeves, repro triple-marked Talon, hidden snaps on the front pockets, and underarm vents... A BIG thanks to Shawn, and 5-Star for patterning it based upon pics of the original, and building it for me with my additional designs / feature requests....
EDIT: Here are a couple pics of me wearing the 1st version (Falcon X-1). The production pics never seem to look as good compared to wearing the jackets in real-life. The new one above should basically look the same in the front: (Click to enlarge):
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