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    Unknown Non-Japanese Brands

    I saw that new run of chambray shirts they're offering. Fabrics look nice. I can't do button-downs. It's shame they use such nice, interesting fabrics in that style of dress shirting. I don't think it's an appropriate use of the material. If they did it in their rugged or workshirt styles, I might consider one. Particularly the persimmon dye. I LOVE chambray shirts, and I'm always on the look-out for non-blue varieties.
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    WAYWT 2020 (Denim Edition)

    @silencejoe nice shoes!
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    Hey fellas!!! HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS!!!
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    Shoes that look better with age...

    at least cut the f'g tag off
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    WAYWT 2020 (Denim Edition)

    home-knitted throat protection = aka dickie? WOW, horrid flash back to the 70's of parent's friends and polyester at it's worst. Never thought that would be stylish... shouldn't that go under the western shirt?
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    Real McCoy's / Joe McCoy's Jeans

    Nobody's discussed QC issues much here before. RMC hasn't been discussed in general nearly as much as other favored brands, so while these issues are not new, they're new info to me and others as well. And as said previously, not all garments have issues depending on where they are made. Seems like a crap shoot?
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    Yeah, agree, I'd do a zipper <on a winter coat> as well. Keep the front flap to cover the zipper, and maybe swap the buttons for snaps to keep the clean look and make it easy to fasten w/ gloves. Or eliminate the front flap all together, add a storm flap behind the zipper, and make sure the welt covers the zipper when closed. I'm not really a fan of buttons of jackets. They work and are fine for classic denim jackets, and it's s good look for this style of work coat / car coat.
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    Real McCoy's / Joe McCoy's Jeans

    all of these recent RMC QC issues are very surprising and rather disturbing. I don't own any RMC stuff, and this thread has deterred me from buying any of their stuff.
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    @JDelage Thx for info. The Premier Work coat is a close 2nd choice. Love it, especially the way the back yoke seam ties into the sleeve seams. I was thinking that lined w/ alpaca for a warm winter coat.
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    Tanuki Japan

    I'm moving these OTHT Oni x Tanuki 21.5oz Secret Denim High Taper. From the first run about a year ago. One of the very rare raw pairs. Size 32. A size too small for me. DM for deets.
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    Anyone familiar with Silvet?
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    Has anyone ordered an Aero through Thurston Brothers? I've been eyeing the Sheene, which I do not see on Aero's own website. It's a Cafe Racer w/ a Highwayman collar. I'd prolly have 1" added to length and sleeves shortened by 1" to be more normal. I'd also ask if they can do 2 vertical Napoleon pockets instead of horizontal. I'm thinking blackened brown/tea core.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    +1 to this ^ Was in Whitefish for a few days. Did a driving loop and stopped to check it out. Not worth going too far out of your way for, but if you're close by def worth it. Very good baked goods for being so far out in now where. Has some tourist crap that gives me hives, but not like the other gift shops at the other entrances to the park. Been there for a long time, under different ownership over the years, has some real history. There was also a guy a few miles south that had set up a BBQ joint in a small lodge. It was pretty good, again for being so isolated.
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    Tanuki Japan

    They look pretty darn good on you. Def a loose-ish fit, but don't look too big. They'd be too big on me, especially with that waist measurement. Thx for sharing!
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    A day later, and I think my statements may have been a little overkill and fueled by expectations not met. It is a nice jacket and nice leather for $700. It does look great it TS pics, in all colors. The bi-swing shoulders do improve range of motion and comfort which was also a must have for me. But after looking at it more, there are a couple details that I'm not thrilled with - the collar snaps may be practical for riding mini-bikes in the woods to keep it from blowing up into your pommade-laden beard, but for some reason to me it looks unnatural. And I don't care for the triangular reinforcements at the ends of the hand warmer pockets. The edges of the leather folding up detract from the overall simplicity. I know I'm OCD about little things like that. At this point in my life, I'm looking for a jacket that will literally last me the rest of my life - both in quality & durability, as well as liking it. This one certainly would last physically. Would I be happy with it for the rest of my life? Not sure... maybe I'd learn to love, maybe I'd regret it and always yearn for something else... I'm prolly not gonna collect multiple leather jackets. If at some point in the future I got something nicer, I'd never wear this again.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    I've skirting the edges of Glacier a couple of times, but never hiked into it (my previous life had a dog involved, and dogs aren't allowed in the park). It truly is special and stunning. The world should be grateful that places like this are protected. @julian-wolf Did you get to the Polebridge Mercantile and Bakery? (Thought I had some pics, but it seems they're gone into the aether...)
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    W. H. Ranch Dungarees

    Having had a pair of his jeans, I can say that his craftsmanship and attention to detail is top notch. Better than any other maker, whether it's a single (or 2-) person shop, or a shop that a brand contracts with, is totally debatable. Fans of him will think he's unmatched. Detractors will have a tainted view. It is within his power to make amends by stopping new orders, clearing out his back log, and restructuring his business model. He's a talented and passionate guy and it would be great to see him in better light. His actions in the past couple of years have been totally unethical and just leave a bad impression. I've mixed feelings buying, and then selling, the pair I had. On one hand, I'd like to still have them just for my collection because they were that nice. I also somehow wish I never bought them because they were expensive and I didn't like the cut, and I took a loss when I sold them. And I somehow don't want to be associated with all of his current BS. If this story had blown up the way it has around the time I bought my pair, I wouldn't have. It was at the height of hype.
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    Tanuki Japan

    @YossarianRaw - do you have measurements for your 34, and fit pics? Have yours been washed and fully shrunken? A 34 would be way too big for me in the waist, but would have roomy thighs that I'd prefer. A 33 would prolly be best for me too. Comparing their size chart to my own measurements, theirs are about 1 size too big. It seems Denimio used their measurements for their own site. On Tanuki's website, it looks like the ERS is well stocked, and they ship internationally.
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    I just took delivery of one in espresso yesterday. Ordered it in October, and used the 20% first time buyer discount, so with shipping it was $706. I've been eyeing the jacket for a couple of years, since TS introduced it. I have 0 f's to give about stories and nostalgia, but I did like the back story behind this jacket. I liked the basic design of it. It looked great in pics, especially the father's original jacket. I've wanted a good leather jacket for a long time. I've always had a leather jacket of some sort, but previously didn't know better and have had shite. I knew this wouldn't be something on the level of FW, FCL, TFH, etc., but I thought it would be a good quality jacket for the price, maybe on par with Aero, Simmons Bilt, etc. I'm not in a position for a FW, FWL, TFH, etc. right now, as tempting as it is... However I'm not very impressed with it. The fit is spot on for me - 5'11, 195, 42-44" chest, and I got a size 44. The basic design is good, and mostly what I was looking for in a moto jacket with a collar that doesn't scream moto. I couple of small details I'd alter if I could. The leather is just meh to me. It's thick, but very soft and doesn't feel durable. No pull up, not heavily oiled, not shrunken to dense the grain. For a moto jacket, I expected a heavy, stiff, dense, tough leather that would withstand abuse. This reminds me of cheap leather jackets I've had in the past that have ripped when a dog jumped on me, etc. It's supposedly 3.5oz chrome-tanned full grain steerhide. The lining is poly/cotton, stiff but not in a good way, kinda strange. It has a cheap, scratchy feel and sound of synthetic fabrics. This feels like a jacket made for desk jockeys (which I am) that want to run around in the woods cosplaying on small vintage dirt bikes on the weekends (which I don't) while being comfortable and moving freely, and stroll into the local craft brewery in the revitalized, formerly industrial part of town (gentrified) for a flight of this months offerings made from grain grown on a local bio-dynamic farm. Overall it's good jacket for $700. What really gets me a little hot under the collar is TS retail of $1,075. No f'g way is this jacket worth that when compared to other offerings. FFS, you can get an Aero or Simmons Bilt horsehide for $1,100-$1,200 with a wool lining. I don't think I'm gonna keep it. I'll sit on it for a couple of days, but initial impression is I'd rather either not have a leather jacket for now, or spend another $500-600 +/- for an Aero HH with a wool lining.
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    The Leather Jacket Thread

    um... pls be nice... or not... any opinions about Taylor Stitch's Moto jacket made by Golden Bear?
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    Tanuki Japan

    I'm looking to move these for a decent price. I like them enough that I'd to get a size larger. If anyone's interested DM me.
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    Tanuki Japan

    I don't think they'd stretch enough to get them to where I'd want. Thx for the thought.
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    Tanuki Japan

    Too small, I think. Prolly with some wear they'll stretch out a bit, but I really didn't want another pair of tight jeans.
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    Tanuki Japan

    Just measured the 18oz ERS once completely dry, and they didn't shrink quite as much as I expected. I'd say average everywhere except in length, which at 1" is less than average. I can get into them and button the fly and waist, but they're really tight across the hips and upper thighs. Waist is fine. A size 33 would suite me better, although then the waist would be on the big side. This is usually the issue I have with most jeans - the proportions of the waist to hips & upper thighs don't work for my frame. Samurai's S510 is the closest I've found to ideal for me. Raw, washed for size 32: Waist, laid flat: 16.875/33.75, 16.125/32.25 Waist, front and back aligned: 17.125/34.5, 16.25/32.5 Front rise: 12.125, 11.5 Back rise: 15, 14.5 Thigh @ crotch: 12.75, 12.375 Thigh 2" down: 11.75, 11.25 Knee 14" down: 9.25, 8.875 Hem: 8.25, 8 Inseam: 37.25, 36.25
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    Tanuki Japan

    I thought about doing just a cold soak/wash to minimize shrinkage, but I'd rather get all of the shrinkage out up front and not have any surprises later. It's my OCD taking over...