For what it's worth:Out of curiosity, what contract is it?
This jacket is a reproduction of a WWII Type A-2. The contractor represented chose not to have their company name on the label, as did a number of other contracts, so this pattern is known as a 27753 A-2. The jacket is known for being very comfortable to wear and is almost always made with russet leather, a Conmar zipper, and the Army Air Forces shoulder stencil. The customer who ordered this jacket requested darker leather, so this particular leather is cowhide called English Pub Coffee. It has a striking resemblance to the leather used by Aero in their 21996 contract A-2. Note the original WWII Rau Fastener Corp. snap backs.
Though my tastes have changed that was one of my favorite jacketsVermont espresso was another
Looking back at some of the old threads I wonder where these jackets are residing now
For what it's worth:
And John's description from his DVD:
The patch stitch marks you see are from that first owner. As I recall, he owned the piece for less than a year, passed it on to someone who passed it on to me.
I would, but it never really fit me -- even differently now since I've lost weight, so I never wear it. Figure I can use it to finance one I'll wear.Honestly, I'd keep that. It's special enough that it's a keeper. It's also just a hell of a beautiful jacket.
Totally agree - John's Horween beautifully captures the pliability of vintage A-2 jackets.