I believe it was flight suits. Around 1995 I think
Had looked at this book in at least 20 years. Just went through it and realized it’s pretty shitty. Lots of pictures of originals but not a single reference to who made them. In fact the only picture of a label I saw was an Avirex one. Obviously alluding to there only being one unknown maker of the originals and only one company building replicas. Avirex
That’s right! Now I remember. I had the catalog with all the “swatches “.I discovered Eastman through History Preservation Associates and their ads in flight magazines. Ordered up the "catalog" -- pre-golden book folder of single sheet ad slicks and a board with leather and fabric samples.
After my Flight Apparel Industries turd, and the Avirex I was never truly happy with (fit weird and I knew the pockets were too close to the zip), I was impressed with the authenticity being advertised by HPA & ELC. Got my RW 1401 about 1995, or so.
But yeah, saved up -- but I was thrilled with the jacket when it came. I still own (and wear) it.
I'd forgotten I bought both of their crushers until I read this. The summer cotton one wasn't bad, I can't recall what I did with it and I wish I still had it. The winter one was off for color, sold that once I realized how off it was.Besides the book and 2 jackets, a crusher, leather flying tigers patch and a few other trinkets.
Have the olive one still packed away somewhereI'd forgotten I bought both of their crushers until I read this. The summer cotton one wasn't bad, I can't recall what I did with it and I wish I still had it. The winter one was off for color, sold that once I realized how off it was.
I have such a massive cranium, couldn't find originals that would fit even then.
Same here. After a truely terrible "distressed" A-2 mall jacket in the late 80's, I found ELC's website and catalogue in 2002. At the time, I think $600. or so seemed outrageous and beyond my means as well. Not knowing better I settled on a Gibson & Barnes for $400. from the Flight Suits website. But I still have that jacket, it's served me well for what it is. I got my first ELC last year. It won't be my last.Can’t remember when I first discovered Eastman, but at the time it seemed like an obscene amount of money and way beyond my means. I think I got my first elc around 2007