FIVESTAR LEATHER A2 JACKET

Ep_1979

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Hi All,

Could I trouble you for a little advice?

I’m planning on ordering an A-2 from Fivestar but I’m torn between the Weber or the Doniger. I’ve read the threads on the Doniger and it seems the consensus is that it’s very good but personally I’m not a fan of the long collars. The Weber looks really nice but how does it compare with the Doniger, does anyone have both??

Many thanks,
Elliot
 

B-Man2

Well-Known Member
Hi All,

Could I trouble you for a little advice?

I’m planning on ordering an A-2 from Fivestar but I’m torn between the Weber or the Doniger. I’ve read the threads on the Doniger and it seems the consensus is that it’s very good but personally I’m not a fan of the long collars. The Weber looks really nice but how does it compare with the Doniger, does anyone have both??

Many thanks,
Elliot
I have a repro Werber although it’s not a 5 Star. I really can’t suggest which would be best for you, but Donigers were made with Goatskin where Werbers were made from Horsehide, so you may want to start with which hide you prefer and that may be a factor in your final decision.
 
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Ep_1979

Member
I have a repro Werber although it’s not a 5 Star. I really can’t suggest which would be best for you, but Donigers were made with Goatskin where Werbers were made from Horsehide, so you made what to start with which hide you prefer and that may be a factor in your final decision.
Thanks B-Man, probably Goatskin with my budget...
 

B-Man2

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Thanks I’ll find out the horsehide cost from Shawn. Is the Weber fairly a accurate repro?
Unless Shawn had access to a Werber that he developed his pattern from, I doubt the accuracy of this contract . I think he had access to a Doniger pattern which is why most here are giving that jacket more attention . FYI the name is Werber:)
 

Ep_1979

Member
Unless Shawn had access to a Werber that he developed his pattern from, I doubt the accuracy of this contract . I think he had access to a Doniger pattern which is why most here are giving that jacket more attention . FYI the name is Werber:)
Thanks
 

ButteMT61

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Unless Shawn had access to a Werber that he developed his pattern from, I doubt the accuracy of this contract . I think he had access to a Doniger pattern which is why most here are giving that jacket more attention . FYI the name is Werber:)
It's Werber if you want to pay top dollar :p
 

Brettafett

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Shawn's Doniger is looking really nice. I think he's made some slight upgrades since the last one we saw.
I'd go this route, seconding what the gents said above.
I do recall Shawn having an original Doniger to inspect. Then there has been a LOT of input from this forum. So, his Doniger is not stitch-for-stitch accurate, nor was it created from an original which was taken apart, but its the next best thing. It has most of the unique Doniger details, and in goatskin, a relatively good repro. And for the price, its an excellent buy!
Arguably more WW2 authentic than many other mid-range A-2 mall jackets out there.
I believe the Werber is more a generic pattern/jacket, based on photos and input from guys who wanted one. I think its eye-balled. So, is not very accurate compared to an original, as far as detailing goes. Although it does have a collar stand and Werber label...
If you don't like the Doniger's collar, fair enough ;) then get a Werber in goatskin. You won't be breaking any rules.
 

Ep_1979

Member
Shawn's Doniger is looking really nice. I think he's made some slight upgrades since the last one we saw.
I'd go this route, seconding what the gents said above.
I do recall Shawn having an original Doniger to inspect. Then there has been a LOT of input from this forum. So, his Doniger is not stitch-for-stitch accurate, nor was it created from an original which was taken apart, but its the next best thing. It has most of the unique Doniger details, and in goatskin, a relatively good repro. And for the price, its an excellent buy!
Arguably more WW2 authentic than many other mid-range A-2 mall jackets out there.
I believe the Werber is more a generic pattern/jacket, based on photos and input from guys who wanted one. I think its eye-balled. So, is not very accurate compared to an original, as far as detailing goes. Although it does have a collar stand and Werber label...
If you don't like the Doniger's collar, fair enough ;) then get a Werber in goatskin. You won't be breaking any rules.
Thanks for the advice, I’m going to order the Doniger A2. I found the separate thread on it and the input from you guys is amazing! The collar is growing on me too!
 

mulceber

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For what it’s worth, I think you’re making the right choice. I’ll also chip in that the collar looks less extreme when it’s being worn than when it’s laid out on the ground. See this picture of John Chapman wearing one of his Doniger repros with the collar snapped:
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Ep_1979

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For what it’s worth, I think you’re making the right choice. I’ll also chip in that the collar looks less extreme when it’s being worn than when it’s laid out on the ground. See this picture of John Chapman wearing one of his Doniger repros with the collar snapped:
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Thanks everyone for all the advice, I’ve emailed @Shawn Ali so will post some pictures when it arrives!
 

daw

Active Member
Thanks everyone for all the advice, I’ve emailed @Shawn Ali so will post some pictures when it arrives!
What type and color of leather have you decided on? I'm planning on getting the goatskin but haven't decided on russet versus the reddish brown which Shawn has been using for the Doniger. Personally based on the photos I'm inclining toward russet. The reddish brown in some of the photos looks a little purplish to my eyes.

I think the Doniger is a great choice. Can't wait to see one made with all the recent proposed updates.
 

Ep_1979

Member
What type and color of leather have you decided on? I'm planning on getting the goatskin but haven't decided on russet versus the reddish brown which Shawn has been using for the Doniger. Personally based on the photos I'm inclining toward russet. The reddish brown in some of the photos looks a little purplish to my eyes.

I think the Doniger is a great choice. Can't wait to see one made with all the recent proposed updates.
I’ve asked for Russet Brown with matching knits, there’s a Doniger A2 thread where a couple of members have posted some great pictures. Here: https://www.vintageleatherjackets.org/threads/fivestars-doniger-a-2.23319/
 
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