My new ELC monarch

Discussion in 'Repros' started by jeremiah, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. seres

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    This made me curious, so I looked at the tag in the right hand pocket of my Monarch. I purchased my Monarch in April 2017 from Charles at HPA. This jacket was manufactured just weeks before I received it, as I had to order it from Charles, and then he included it in his next stock order from Eastman Leather in England. When it arrived from England with his large stock order, Charles shipped it out immediately. It had that strong, new leather aroma and had NEVER been used.

    Now the curious part. My tag looks exactly like your tag, and has exactly the same numbers as in your pic: 4219, and below that 110, and then below that the size 46. Same as yours, except the bottom number says 46 (my size), instead of 40 (your size).

    And the leather looks exactly like your leather. It's new production.
     
  2. jeremiah

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    Ah. Yeah I thought this was too grainy to be that old.
    Interesting.
    Smelled strong of leather when I got it.

    Just can’t see mine being 10 years old looking like it did when I got it.

    So what do you think is up?
    Are all jackets made in England and HPA sells them on this side of the pond?
     
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  3. Lebowski

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    Jeremiah, I'd say that your ELC Monarch now looks way too much better compared with its original look (when it was new). A lot of grain, tons of creases. Man, that's a real beauty now! It looks just superb!
     
  4. jeremiah

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    Thanks.

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    Yeah. Rob said something must have happend with tags. In 2007 they did not use the horsehide label in left pocket he said.
     
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  5. Lebowski

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    ^^
    Man, that's one of the best A-2's lying on the grass above. What a beauty, you've got the main prize! Very like it!)
     
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  6. jeremiah

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    Thanks. I have done everything in this and have worn it almost daily since getting it. Sadly temps are warming up but it’s been fun and very comfortable.
     
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  7. Grant

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    Jeremiah, This A-20 crew's sleeve creases reminded me of your Monarch!

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  8. Lebowski

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    Exactly.
    Jeremiah, your new BK 18775 deserves not to shorten its sleeves because of the same reason.
     
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  9. B-Man2

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    I bet that guy lost at least 1.5 inches in sleeve length with those creases.
     
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  10. Lebowski

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    And what's even more important - he did it in a perfect way. Very like the photos of Jeremiah's Monarch!
     
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  11. Officer Dibley

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    This thread is absolutely emblematic of all those people who slag off a manufacturer about hide grain - or lack thereof- and stiffness but who haven't put the time in to wear the jacket.

    Being a jacket aficienado is all about sweating the small stuff but give a brand new jacket a chance already ! Or buy a worn one of course.... ;-)

    The ones we base our views on from long ago got tonnes of wear from the time of issue onwards. A-2's were a uniform item. They were better than wearing a tunic. They HAD to be worn all the time. You had no civilian clothes to change into. To get that look you have to replicate the hours and months of constant wear (or go full HWT).

    And Jeremiah, your jacket is THE NUTZ !
    Cheers !
    Dave
     
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  12. Pilot

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    Agree... but HWT not with any makers A-2...
    not all hides can handle ( rain water or even hot water ) it the way one expects it... see my recent posts...
     
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  13. Officer Dibley

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    Personally i would not do HWT - though i did it in the past...- now i just like to wear naturally. But the treatment of a jacket, be it painting it. Adding patches or painting the back, are all personal preference.
     
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  14. jeremiah

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    I did a very very light HWT with this back at the beginning. I was lucky with results but I will never do that again. The majority of wear and how this looks today has more to do with me wearing it daily while working and playing. I am crazy enough to wear this in Mississippi while driving with AC on or sitting inside with AC. My wife is great to put up with my neurosis.

    I can only hope my BK victory Aero looks as good after time.
     
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  15. Lebowski

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    No HWT nor tonns of constant wear can improve the look of the leather if leather isn't good, it can't make dull flat leather being grainy and good looking.
    Contrariwise, the good natural leather will be just better with its constant everyday wear, even without any HWT.
    That's correct.
    HWT is always quite a risky (sometimes quite effective though... but sometimes not) attempt to speed up the natural course of events.
    Anyway, if leather isn't good - it'll be the same isn't good after HWT and after tonns of wear.
    If the leather is good - it'll be just better in the future after lots of wear.
    That's the point.
    Jeremiah's ELC Monarch is made of gorgeous leather. It's fabulous jacket to my taste.
     
  16. Pilot

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    1000% agree
     
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  17. jeremiah

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    Here is a little grain/wrinkle contrast. Note bottom of sleeves. Smoother but they are starting to show some wrinkles. Smooth and pliable leather.
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  18. Officer Dibley

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    Sometimes you can't tell for sure whether you have "good leather" or not til you've given it great wear :)
     
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  19. Pilot

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    or walk in a light rain shower...
     
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  20. Dr H

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    Probably not so curious.
    These are not bespoke jackets. It’s unlikely that the labels relate to production numbers, but are simply generic (produced in bulk) but differentiated by the sizes alone.
     
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