Posts Tagged ‘flight jackets’

Updated One-Star Perfectos and a vintaged horsehide Cafe Racer. Mmmmmm….

Schott NYC absolutely nailed it with the new Perfecto by Schott line that showed this past Monday/Tuesday at (capsule) NY.

Designed by Greg Chapman (who, aside from being talented as hell, is a genuinely nice guy) the line draws on Schott NYC’s venerable heritage with updated takes on classic pieces. Lines are slimmed down, fabrics and leathers are played with a bit, and it all comes together into a collection that certainly vies for my personal “best in show” award for (capsule) NY as a whole.

Among the collection you’ll find takes on a number of leather jacket styles, including the double riders jacket (made famous by the original Perfecto), the A2 bomber, and the racer jacket in both cafe and spread-collar. In terms of materials, you’ve got a bunch of options: Horsehide, cowhide, a goddamn beautiful suede (it’s soft as hell, but heavy and sturdy at the same time), waxcloth, and heavy twill.

There’s also a good deal of variety when it comes to vintage effects on the leather. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m generally weary of this practice, but if you take a look at that black/brown marbling effect on a couple of the jackets below, I think you’ll come to the same conclusion I did. In this instance, it works.

The waxcloth on this jacket is light and pliable, but still very clearly durable. A perfect jacket for spring weather… Perfecto in a lightweight cowhide. I could see this becoming a standby in my own collection…

The marbled black/brown vintaging I mentioned earlier. Clearly, I was fascinated with this…

Talon zips on some of the models. Old skool for the win…

There’s that fantastic suede…

I think the far right is actually a ladies’ model. Very cool…

There’s also a very strong portion of the collection that draws on the other end of Schott’s expertise, with mountain parkas, pea coats and toggle coats. These pieces are done in deadstock nylon/poplin from the company’s storerooms, selvage raw denim from Cone Mills White Oak, and some impressively sturdy cotton duck in a few different colors (eye-searing orange among them).

Also: I really dig the linings they used in this collection in general. Tartan, gingham, and plaid galore. Icing on the cake.

Actually not sure if this was just a fabric sample for linings or if they’re offering a scarf, and neglected to ask. If it’s just a sample, I humbly suggest they offer a scarf. If it’s a scarf, I want one…

Cone Mills White Oak. Quality, American-made fabrics…

Geeked out on the selvage detailing. I’m glad they had the good sense to keep it subtle…

I didn’t think I’d like this when I first saw preview shots last week. I was oh so wrong. I want one for myself. Like, yesterday…

Many of the components like the toggles here were actually sourced from deadstock within Schott’s factory in Elizabeth, NJ…

The line arrives for real in Spring 2011. Prices will land between $400 and $1,000. When you’re talking about the top end of that range representing the cost of an American-made horsehide jacket, it’s really damn reasonable bang for your buck.

Start saving them ducats, kids. If you’re anything like me, you’re gonna want more than one of these pieces.



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I’ve been excited about the Lewis Leathers x Garbstore Flying Dominator jacket for a while now, and these preview shots from Epaulet are just making it even harder to wait for September when it actually drops.

Take a look:

Price should come in around $850. Not cheap, but from the looks of it, well worth it.


(Images courtesy of Epaulet)

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I’ve been waiting for ages to post a preview shot and give my intial take on the Flying Dominator by Lewis Leathers for Garbstore. I was waiting on the actual release of the FW 2010 lookbook to drop it, though (I came by advance knowledge of the piece through personal channels and didn’t want to step on any toes).

Now that it’s out though? Fuck it. Fair game! So feast your eyes, try to ignore the styling in the shot (which ain’t doing it for me) and read on for my take on the piece.

One note before I continue on to my thoughts: please keep in mind that there are some aspects of my description you can’t see in the above shot, so you’ll have to take my word. I assure you, I’m doing my level best to be 100% accurate.

On to the Flying Dominator!

To my eye, the look of the jacket as a whole is a modernized and pared-down take on the classic A2. You can see the knit cuffs, and the hem is done in a rib knit as well. Pair that with the brown leather, the shirt collar, and the “Flying” moniker, and it’s a pretty short leap to flight jacket associations.

There’s definitely a solid list of changes, though. First, it’s now slash handwarmer pockets instead of the traditional patch pockets with top entry flaps. There’s also no storm flap, epaulets, or snap-down closure on the collar. And obviously, the bright red quilted lining is all Lewis Leathers and zero military in terms of influence. One of the biggest differences is the slimmed down fit all around (trimmer body, higher armholes, etc). That lean silhouette is probably not great if you’re actually flying a plane, but I love it.

The Flying Dominator is sort of a highly civilianized hybrid piece. Perfect for someone with an appreciation for the general A2 vibe, but whose wardrobe doesn’t have the requisite “heritage” feel to work an actual reproduction or vintage piece into the works.

All in all, I think it’s a win. Very wearable and modern, but with the appropriate homage paid to it’s sartorial forbears.

It’s all made in the UK of British-tanned sheep nappa that’s been treated for a vintage look. Hopefully it holds up in person. From the shots I’ve seen, I’m thinking it’s gonna be a beauty.

The price should come in around the mid $800’s when it hits store in September. I’ll be saving my dollars for that very day.


(Image courtesy of Garbstore)

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