List of reproduction A-2 makers

dinomartino1

Well-Known Member
List of reproduction A-2 makers

To help those considering to purchase a new A2
Most of these companies make other style ww2 jackets and A-1s
I will confine this list to ww2 and prewar contract and ww2 generic style "house" jackets.
Price, contact information, sizing alterations and country of manufacture are included
Prices are based on the cheapest horsehide version if they sell one, some A-2s were other types of hides and those may be cheaper.
I have not dealt with all of these companies so the information is based on what is on their own websites.
Listed in order of price with the exception of Japanese jackets which are at the bottom due to variations of new prices.
Prices current as of November 2019.

Advice to new buyers
Many prefer to but used jackets as depending on what you after they may represent better value and if you did not pay too much they will hold hold their value.
If you want to buy new there are some things you have to consider that the majority of consumers do not have to deal with.
The jacket may take a long time to be made and customer service ranges from very good to poor.
Some makers can only be contacted by email and may take a long time to reply to you.
Before buying I would strongly advise to a post question on the forum about which contract jacket may be the best fit for your body type.
Good wear had good descriptions of the fit of the various contracts but remember they are the jackets he makes, if you see something you like but are going with someone else again post on the forum about the cut of the jacket from the maker you are interested in, they are not all the same.

Read the terns and conditions. Will you get your deposit back if you cancel your order and for most makers alterations makes a jacket non returnable.


What price glory, aka WPG
$155 goat house jacket

Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: Office in the USA,warehouse is in the UAE,
Country of manufacture: most likely Pakistan or China.

Five star leather co, Shawn
$250 HH contract

Worth a look for those on a budget or want a custom sized jacket without paying big bucks.
A large choice of linings, leather etc.
Customer service is 1st class.
Shawn Ali is a member here
Sizing alterations: Yes, anything.
Cost: As far as I am aware no extra
Contact: email and phone
Probably best to contact him here first.
Location: Pakistan
Country of manufacture: Pakistan
Don't be out off by some of the website photos better pictures are to be found here.

AVI
$420 contract Goatskin only currently.

20% OFF ON NON-EU ORDERS
FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email
Location: Denmark
Country of manufacture: Jackets are made in Pakistan, talk of moving production to China

SM wholesale, Steve McColgan
$499 HH house jacket

Siziing alterations: For over size 50
Cost: Not known. but may be expensive in the experience of another member.
Contact: email
Location: USA .
Country of manufacture: Possibly made in Mexico not confirmed

Top pots
$500 HH contract [ possibly a generic ww2 style with a rough wear label]

Contact: email and phone
Location: Australia
Country of manufacture: Not known but the pictures look very similar as those used by the now defunct ebay militaria store spearhead.
Also other items they sell where to the best of my recollection only available through spearhead, they are likely to be the same jackets from China.
Contact: email and phone

Headwind manufaturing co.
$525 HH,
first specification goldsmiths A2
Skyhawk is a member here and normally does good deals on new jacket lines.
Bargain test jackets will come up from time to time in the classifieds here.
Sizing alterations: Yes, anything
Cost: Used to be $50, I do not know if sleeve or jacket length also incurs that fee
Contact: email and phone
Location: Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA

Flightjacket.com formerly US authentic.
$529 HH house jacket

Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA

Cockpit USA
$650 HH House

Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA.

Norshor leather
$850 HH contract

Inative forum member.
Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email
Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA

Aero leather
$856 HH contract

Sizing alterations: arms and jacket length
Cost: Free
Contact: email and phone
Location: Scotland
Country of manufacture: Scotland

Bill Kelso mfg.
$991 HH contract

Siziing alterations: short and long for free
Cost: Anything else $64
Contact: email
Location: Greece.
Country of manufacture: Greece

Diamond clothing company, Diamond Dave
Cheapest HH jacket was $1049, contract

Mentored by and worked with John Chapman.
DiamondDave is a member here
Not currently offering new jackets but that may change.
Sizing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: Location: USA.
Country of manufacture: USA.

Eastman leather clothing
$1158 HH house, $1416 HH contract

Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: UK
Country of manufacture: UK

Lost worlds
$1190 HH contract

Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA

Good wear leather coat company, John Chapman
$1549 HH contract

Considered by many to be the ultimate maker only downside is the cost and the waiting time.
Former forum member
Siziing alterations: Not known
Cost: Not known
Contact: email and phone
Location: USA
Country of manufacture: USA



Japanese maker A-2s
Roughly between $1200 to $2000

Ratuken the Japanese shopping website in English may be the cheapest place to buy a new one.
Yahoo auctions japan may also have new jackets but you have to buy through a proxy buyer service.
Location: Japan
Country of manufacture: Japan
Buzz Ricksons A-2s available in the USA from history preservation associates
$1400 HH contract
Sizing alterations: no
Contact: email and phone

The few website, if the company is still trading is unknown.
 
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dinomartino1

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I stared this thread as a price guide to jacket makers not to debate their superiority or shortcomings, I ask you to please post those thoughts on reviews etc.
Please let me know if there any errors in my information and feel free to add makers I have missed.
 
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Brettafett

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May as well throw Cockpit in there. Not original WW2 patterns, but they make a decent WW2 house-style version.
 

Technonut2112

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Platon does have a website, and easily offers the best original contract A-2 repro for the $$ hands-down IMO:



EDIT: Discussion and review links:




 
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mulceber

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IMHO, it might be a good idea to list the prices in their original currencies. Exchange rates fluctuate, so this will keep the numbers accurate...at least until the next Eastman price hike...

Also, the price of Platon’s jackets (€450) should be added.
 

dinomartino1

Well-Known Member
IMHO, it might be a good idea to list the prices in their original currencies. Exchange rates fluctuate, so this will keep the numbers accurate...at least until the next Eastman price hike...

Also, the price of Platon’s jackets (€450) should be added.
It was there $499
USD as a benchmark as it makes comparison easier, links are provided for each makers website so people can work out prices in their own currency.
 
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