Some background info: Temple of Jawnz is a three person operation based in Seoul, South Korea that produces a very nice line of shirting, outwear, accessories, and…leather jackets. The whole business is currently internet-based. You provide the measurements, they work with you to get correct sizing for the piece you’re looking to purchase.
On the leather front, TOJ does both stock and made to measure options on three basic models. There’s a Moto, a Bomber, and a Double Rider’s. They also do a pretty swift business in custom pieces. Hide options include a thick New Zealand lambskin (washed or unwashed), heavyweight calfskin, and front quarter horsehide (FQHH). The TOJ guys also get their hands on things like buffalo and goat sometimes.
On to the Bomber! The official name is the TOJ2.2, and it’s essentially a slimmed down, modernized A2. Higher armholes, a slimmer chest, tighter and longer sleeves. All the fit details I’m pretty much all about. Plus they give you the option to get handwarmer pockets in addition to the traditional top-entry flap pockets. If you’re not looking for a repro–and like having warm hands–that’s a pretty useful bonus.
Throw the option of Japanese-tanned front quarter horsehide into the mix along with all the hard-wearing, beautifully aging, weather proof associations that come with it? Yeah, I’m sold.
As I said before, you can customize a lot of options on TOJ’s jackets. Nevertheless, I can’t really fathom a better version than this one belonging to kryptix at superfuture, in burgundy FQHH with handwarmer pockets and a red cupro lining:
The TOJ2.2 is priced from $550. Do your research over at the superfuture and Styleforum official threads, as well as this post at The Bengal Stripe; get your quick-fix info at the unofficial site; look at more pictures here and here; and finally, email Charly at email@example.com to place an order.
(Images courtesy of kryptix and TOJ, via superfuture)