My last A-2 (hopefully) - Good Wear

entertainment

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It's been remarked upon before I think, but being on John's list, I find myself spending a lot of time browsing through his sites, and the various jackets he's created (which makes me think having a year-long wait list isn't so much a problem as a brilliant marketing strategy, from his perspective). Lately the offering that's really been grabbing my attention has been his A-1s. The one listed on the main site looks very much par for the course with the W&G A-1 offered by Eastman, BK, etc., but this one that was included in a bunch of photos he sent me a while back really looks cool:


Just random thoughts as I idle on the waitlist for that Monarch.:cool::D
John sent me those photos too. The leather is pretty amazing. I am just about ready to put down a deposit for one of his A-1s. Notice that the top of the inside of the flaps on this one has a knit facing--a very odd detail. It is hard to see in the photo that Jan posted but if you look at the collar photo in the directory, you can see it much better.
 

mulceber

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John sent me those photos too. The leather is pretty amazing. I am just about ready to put down a deposit for one of his A-1s. Notice that the top of the inside of the flaps on this one has a knit facing--a very odd detail. It is hard to see in the photo that Jan posted but if you look at the collar photo in the directory, you can see it much better.
That's what I noticed as well - along with the nice shaping of the pocket flaps. I'll be throwing down for one of these as well, I think. This is the first A-1 style that I've gotten really excited about - no offense intended to those who like the G&F style.
 
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Nickb123

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John sent me those photos too. The leather is pretty amazing. I am just about ready to put down a deposit for one of his A-1s. Notice that the top of the inside of the flaps on this one has a knit facing--a very odd detail. It is hard to see in the photo that Jan posted but if you look at the collar photo in the directory, you can see it much better.
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Mr. Mike

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Jan
Interesting commentary . What I find interesting is that many of us , myself included, started out thinking that paying $1000 plus for a jacket was absolutely nuts . So we looked for other cheaper options out there that looked the same as GWs and ELCs and fit our desires to have a decent and close approximation of a WWII A2 or other flight jacket . So we went with the less expensive options and we were happy with them for a time . However, as time passed we got caught up in the hobby and the hype, and at some point we convinced ourselves that having a GW or an ELC would be the best way to own a repro jacket that was the closet thing to an original out there. At least closer than what we already owned . Additionally, we worked all our lives and we wanted to treat ourselves to one , hell we deserved one , WE NEED ONE DAMMIT!
Of course once you have a GW,ELC, Aero or any of the other top tier jacket it’s like your first taste of sugar or pizza (or weed or drugs if you’re into that kinda thing:rolleyes:) you need another . Then you start to want different contracts . And thus you are now addicted to the hobby and find yourself on VLJ not to seek a 12 step program to help you through the addiction , but rather to hang out with your other addicted bro’s to support your habit .
At least….. that’s how I got here ;)
That’s my story …. And I’m sticking to it !:rolleyes:
Very well said and to the point summarizing this addiction :)
What I often found (when desperately convincing myself that another jacket needs to be) is that the consideration of expected loss when re-selling it played an important role. It can easily turn out you end up with less damage having had a great GW/ELC for years compared to some of the competitors who offer their products at much lower starting price. After all you can only spend your bucks once and I was always sure no other alternative spent would have brought the same value for me :cool:

@Jan: the A-1 you dug out is really a gem - making me almost considering an A-1 myself. I never did ... Damn! Can't you stop to intrigue with such threads? :p
 

ausreenactor

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Jan
Interesting commentary . What I find interesting is that many of us , myself included, started out thinking that paying $1000 plus for a jacket was absolutely nuts . So we looked for other cheaper options out there that looked the same as GWs and ELCs and fit our desires to have a decent and close approximation of a WWII A2 or other flight jacket . So we went with the less expensive options and we were happy with them for a time . However, as time passed we got caught up in the hobby and the hype, and at some point we convinced ourselves that having a GW or an ELC would be the best way to own a repro jacket that was the closet thing to an original out there. At least closer than what we already owned . Additionally, we worked all our lives and we wanted to treat ourselves to one , hell we deserved one , WE NEED ONE DAMMIT!
Of course once you have a GW,ELC, Aero or any of the other top tier jacket it’s like your first taste of sugar or pizza (or weed or drugs if you’re into that kinda thing:rolleyes:) you need another . Then you start to want different contracts . And thus you are now addicted to the hobby and find yourself on VLJ not to seek a 12 step program to help you through the addiction , but rather to hang out with your other addicted bro’s to support your habit .
At least….. that’s how I got here ;)
That’s my story …. And I’m sticking to it !:rolleyes:
You can't take money with you...

Found the format to bring forward my retirement and superannuation forward from 60 to 55 today.

Living those five years stress free will add another 10 at the back end. Sure of it! Jackets are a sound mental health strategy....
 

mulceber

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@Jan: the A-1 you dug out is really a gem - making me almost considering an A-1 myself. I never did ... Damn! Can't you stop to intrigue with such threads?
See that's what I thought as well - it was really the first time I looked at an A-1 and said "wow, now that's a jacket I'd like to wear." It's definitely on my list. As to when, I'm not sure, but I'm discovering that a $200 deposit and squirreling away a little money each month makes Good Wears very attainable, so who knows.
 
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Nickb123

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Very well said and to the point summarizing this addiction :)
What I often found (when desperately convincing myself that another jacket needs to be) is that the consideration of expected loss when re-selling it played an important role. It can easily turn out you end up with less damage having had a great GW/ELC for years compared to some of the competitors who offer their products at much lower starting price. After all you can only spend your bucks once and I was always sure no other alternative spent would have brought the same value for me :cool:

@Jan: the A-1 you dug out is really a gem - making me almost considering an A-1 myself. I never did ... Damn! Can't you stop to intrigue with such threads? :p
I wouldn’t discount the ELC A-1. So much so that I’d still buy that one at full price. But the GW is awesome.
 

ES335

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Others have commented on this I think, but being on John's list, I'm spending a lot of time browsing through his sites, and the various jackets he's created (which makes me think having a year-long wait list isn't so much a problem as a brilliant marketing strategy, from his perspective). Lately the offering that's really been grabbing my attention has been his A-1s. The one listed on the main site looks par for the course with the G&F A-1 offered by Eastman, BK, etc., but this one that was included in a bunch of photos he sent me a while back really looks cool:


Just random thoughts as I idle on the waitlist for that Monarch.:cool::D
In September I bought what I believe is one of the very first if not the first A-1 John made...

FS Goodwear A-1 Capeskin 46 | The Fedora Lounge

Index of /photos/New_Type_A1_Jacket (goodwearleather.com)

You will not be disappointed, I assure you. Good luck!

Phil
 
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ES335

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The hide on that is gorgeous - got any pictures of you wearing it? :)
Not yet. Sorry! The hide does seem a bit lighter than the example above and mine has triple stitched sleeves as well compared to what looks like two. It's an absolute delight to wear.

Also, a bit of info someone may find useful... My usual size (for Eastman, anyway) is a 44. JC's 46 fits me perfectly.
 

bseal

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In September I bought what I believe is one of the very first if not the first A-1 John made...

FS Goodwear A-1 Capeskin 46 | The Fedora Lounge

Index of /photos/New_Type_A1_Jacket (goodwearleather.com)

You will not be disappointed, I assure you. Good luck!

Phil
Glad you like it. Not his first, but a real good score.

With confidence, I state unequivocally this was the first one that he sold as I harangued him for quite a bit before he agreed to give it the ole college try:

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Smithy

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OK, sounds like we need an update for those of us in the GW queue. Jan sounds like he's being entranced by A-1s now and others seem to be having second thoughts about what to order.

Amongst these turbulent waters of indecision, I am the Rock of Gibraltar...

Still a 27752, seal horsehide.

5 months down, ? to go!
 
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