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  1. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    After noticing the asymmetry of the S601XX 1944-45 back pockets in the pic above (the right pocket is a half inch lower than the left pocket, closest to the middle seam), I reached out to Freewheelers to understand whether this was an out of spec sewing error or intentional. Here is their response. In short, I liked the jeans even with what I thought was a sewing flaw and like them even more now ;-) "Thank you very much for your purchase, we’re happy to hear you’ve got the jeans, And thanks for informing that the pocket of the jeans is tilted. Yes, the pocket is not symmetrical… it’s tilted intentionally, as the design in fact. The designer of it loves unevenness of products in that era. He loves the imperfection of old American products. He’s making asymmetrical back pockets by requesting sewing factory to do so, and by using ‘greige’ denim as vintage denim. So… pockets of other S601XX pair are tilted too (more or less). However we understands it’s not easy to accept for most of people. Every pair of modern jeans are symmetrical naturally. Compared with modern one, ours may be like defective products! Anyway, this is our way of designing jeans. We really hope you enjoy it. Best regards, Freewheelers & Co."
  2. JohnM

    Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    It was the 01, yes. I can’t remember if 03 was an option, but 01 is wide enough for me — especially since I’m most familiar with 02 ;-)
  3. JohnM

    Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    My understanding (from WorldShopping and BarnStormer) is that May-June was the original, estimated release date, but that production will now begin in July.
  4. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    ^ Thanks Broark. I agree that the TCB 40s jacket runs small. My 44 fits more like a 42. I’d guess the TCB and FW jackets are otherwise similar — both very nice, dark denim and WWII details. My washed pair of FW 1944-45 (34) jeans came today. Other than a slightly asymmetrical back pocket placement, I love em — beautiful denim, long enough (33”), and a roomy top block and high rise. The waist measures only a little over 33” but will likely (hopefully) stretch with wear.
  5. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    Jacket looks great Broark -- nice, dark denim and fit! How would you compare it to the TCB 40s, which (if I recall) ran a little smaller?
  6. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    Nice work Duke on the measurements of your FW jeans. With your inspiration, I found a pair of washed 1944-45 in 34 from Mirrorball in Japan (raw is long gone) -- should be here in a week or so. Over the course of asking about various FW models and their availability (or unavailability), I received an email from FW that described the basic differences between the 1943, 1944-45, 1947, 1951 denim as follows: "Regarding the difference of denim, new fabric for 1945, and previous WW2 denim for 1943, are darker and thicker than our standard XX denim (for 1947 & 1951). 1947 and 1951 are our standard item. It means we’ve been producing them for several years." Regarding cut differences, FW said this: "About the cut of 44-45, it’s same as 1943 model. 43 and 44-45 are in the middle. It means those are little bit wider than 1951, and little bit slimmer than 1947." ... as well as this about the future availability of the 1944-45: "We'll produce them again in the future for sure (the specific time is not decided). Please look forward to it anyway!"
  7. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    Any suggestions on sizing the S601XX 1944-45 jeans? I was thinking 34, but the one-wash versions look a little small in the waist. I'm typically 36 in Ooe, 34 in Warehouse.
  8. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    Duke, If I understand the graphic above, does the waist on the '51 tend to run small relative to the others? If so, I might size up to 36 from 34. In addition, where does the inseam end up on these after a few washes? John
  9. JohnM

    The Leather Jacket Thread

    The G-1 is a great jacket -- looks good, fits well, and is practical with an interior pocket and two reasonably wide outside pockets. Nice pick-up srudy. I like the A-2 too, especially the versatility of lighter weight and the simple collar, but it's otherwise less useful, due to the small pockets, as JDelage says.
  10. JohnM

    RESOLUTE by hayashi-san!

    Hi Broark. I have the 710 in 36 and the waist is big. I ran them through the dryer yesterday and the waist measured 35" before stretch. I think you could make a 38 work. Yes, the thighs are trim but the denim is stretchy. I like the jeans, especially the hairy denim and nice construction, but the cut is a little unusual, no doubt. Measurements are important, as we know, but denim stretch makes a big difference.
  11. JohnM

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    Couldn't resist this t-shirt. Drove across the country in 1981, including a trip to Big Bend National Park, then across the Rio Grande, and on horseback into Boquillas for tacos. Wallet flew out of my pocket on the way back and a local chased me down on horseback to return it. His horse was faster, thankfully.
  12. JohnM

    RESOLUTE by hayashi-san!

    Those jeans look great b_F -- 710 or 711? So does the t-shirt, by the way.
  13. JohnM

    Warehouse

    ^ thanks -- weight in oz.?
  14. JohnM

    Warehouse

    Congrats Bobbo, very nice. I wonder if Warehouse will be making more of these and what the weight of the denim is -- somewhere between 13.5 and 14.5 oz., no doubt, and I won't sleep until this is resolved ;-)
  15. JohnM

    Warehouse

    Here’s the 1000XX DSB next to the S1000XX DSB after a warm soak. Pics are lousy but the 1000XX looks bluer and feels lighter, softer, less crinkly/stiff than the S version. I’ve heard 1000XX is 13.5 oz. — not sure about S version’s weight.
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