Frequently asked questions

How does your company work?

We design and create in-house boutique quality handmade leather jackets replicas of vintage originals. We use the highest quality Italian leathers and our other materials are all very high quality stuff made in USA, UK and Japan. We offer MTO (made-to-order) and MTM (made-to-measure) jackets.

Do you offer Short and Long Sizes?

Yes, we can provide (S) Short and (L) Long sizes. The Short will be 1 inch shorter than the Regular size in the body and sleeves and the Long will be 1 inch longer than the Regular. We do not charge extra for Short and Long sizes but please note anything other than Regular is considered customized and hence not accepted for return or refund.

How to determine the right size for me?

Please email us the following info:

Your Height
Your Weight
Your Chest circumference
Your Waist circumference (at belly button level) Your Shoulder circumference –With the arms relaxed and down at the sides, measure around the shoulders just above the biceps.

Also, do you want slim fit, regular fit or relaxed fit?

What kind of leathers do you use?

We make jackets with horsehide, cowhide (steerhide), goatskin, capeskin and lambskin.

How good is the quality of your leathers? Where they come from?

We pride ourselves for the quality of our leathers. They are all best quality full grain leathers hand-picked from the best tanneries in Italy. They are leathers developed by us and custom made for us.

Are your leathers vegetable tanned of chrome tanned?

All our leathers are vegetable tanned except the goatskin and lambskin which are chrome tanned.

Are your leathers aniline?

Yes, we do have aniline leathers. If you want more specific information please ask.

What is the thickness of the leathers you use?

The horsehide we use for our A-2 and civilian jackets is 3oz and the goatskin we use for the US Navy jackets is 2/64 – 3/64 inch thick.

Which leather should I choose for my A-2 jacket/Civilian jacket?

It depends. If you want total authenticity, you should go for the Liberty horsehide. We custom made this leather to be an exact match to WWII era originals. A jacket made with that will look and age exactly likd the originals did. If you like a vintage style jacket but don’t care about period accuracy, you can select any other of our high quality leathers.

I am looking for leather rich in grain, very natural looking with depth in color and undertones. Which of your leathers should I choose?

You will be fully satisfied with our second to none Victory horsehide which is the best horsehide known to man and has those exact qualities you are looking for. However, its procurement can often be a problem because of the long time required for its production. Please ask us if it is readily available or when the next batch is expected. In case, not available, the next best thing in that area is our Badalassi cowhide.

What about your Victory horsehide? Why is it so expensive?

Victory horsehide is made of the highest quality Italian Full Grain vegetable tanned leathers. It comes from a high end tannery in Italy who produces horsehide by using only with the best quality raw hides available. The tannery has revived a vintage tanning recipe to tan it. Victory horsehide is 100% natural and hand made from start to finish. Absolutely no chemicals are used in its production. It is even dyed naturally without the use of dyes. It has THE most natural and best looking grainy texture that you will ever find anywhere and at any price. Its high price relates to its superb quality, its scarcity, the handmade process, the brand of the tannery and of course the long duration of its production which can be around 6 times longer than that of other vegetable tanned leathers. Victory horsehide is the absolute best in horsehide in the world and has no equal. The second best is far behind it.

Why you call it Victory horsehide? Where did the name come from?

Because it is the best and most expensive horsehide in the world. Its quality is unbeatable and hence the name. Plus, with offering such great quality we declared victory in the war against the competition (if you believe that such things exist anyways).

What is your Liberty horsehide?

Our Liberty horsehide is specifically made to be an exact 100% match to vintage (WWII era) horsehide. The development of leather that matches the horsehide used in WWII jackets was done in a “scientific manner” by our tannery. (Some imbeciles were amused with the term “scientific manner” because they ignore that tanneries employ full time chemists [i.e. scientists] who are occupied with the making and analyzing of formulas used for tanning and the application of leather finishes). The task of recreating those leathers exactly is not an easy one. Proof of that is that nobody else has managed to recreate the look and feel of vintage leathers exactly until now. It took us 7 long years of efforts but we finally made it. We developed Liberty horsehide for the purists. Those who look to buy exact replicas of original vintage jackets. With this leather we literally resurrected vintage leather jackets and can now offer you jackets that look exactly like NOS (New Old Stock) unworn vintage jackets. This means that jackets made with this leather will appear the same and will also age the same way i.e. will quickly show edge wear and the finish will fade in the same way like vintage jackets. This is by no means a defect of the leather. We put a lot of money time and energy into recreating these effects. Liberty horsehide is something special that nobody else in the market can offer. Other makers use various kinds of leathers but their jackets never look right. They look nice but do not look like original vintage jackets. The leathers they use do not resemble the originals. We too have tried various other leathers before and of course the jackets could make came out beautiful but something was missing. It was the real vintage look. No one was able to provide that. Not until now. Liberty horsehide is tanned in the vintage way and will age just like original jackets did. Daily wear of about 6 months, or less, will be enough for the jacket to show aging of the same kind encountered on originals.

Why you call it Liberty horsehide? Where did the name come from?

For many decades vintage leather jacket aficionados were looking for a leather that would have the same qualities as vintage leathers, i.e. to look the same, and age and develop patina in the same way. Liberty horsehide does all that so with it we literally liberated all the fans that were waiting for such a leather to hit the market.

What is Full Grain leather?

Full Grain leather refers to the highest quality hides. These are the first selection hides (first grade out of 5) which maintain their original natural characteristics and grain. These hides have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to Top Grain, or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (natural marks, scars, insect bites etc.) on the surface of the hide because those imperfections are from minimal to zero. The grain remains allowing the original fiber strength and durability. Rather than wearing out, Full Grain leather will develop a patina during its expected lifetime. High quality leather furniture and footwear are often made from Full Grain leather. Full Grain leathers are typically vegetable tanned and available in two finish types: aniline and semi-aniline. Full Grain leathers will develop wrinkles and become grainier with wear. The latter happens because tanneries usually iron (hot roll) leathers during production to make them smoother. With wearing and use leathers will become softer and more relaxed and the ironed grain will pop up.

Why don’t you use Shinki leathers like the Japanese and the other high-end repro makers do?

At the very early stages of our venture we considered to use Shinki horsehide, because using leathers from such a well-known tannery could give our jackets the lavish appearance and popularity of Japanese made garments. We knew that was the strategy that other North American brands had used successfully before us. Unfortunately, the import costs of Shinki leather were too high and we wanted the price of leather we would offer to our customers to reflect its real value and not be inflated by taxes and duties. For that reason, we traveled to Italy bound to find leathers of the highest quality that could be had without the heavy import costs. There, deep in the mountains of Tuscany we discovered Victory horsehide, a Full Grain leather of amazing quality used only by Italy’s most highly acclaimed fashion brands. Full Grain leathers are by definition higher quality than Top Grain and according to our experience, based on all the examples we have seen, Shinki produce Top Grain horsehide (we can share the info if of interest). At the time, being a newcomer in the high-end leather jacket market we needed the absolute best in raw material in order to be able to stand next to the already established giants, so the choice was clear. Victory horsehide is in fact more expensive than Shinki so we ended up paying more than originally planned but we did it without any hesitation to gain the benefit of competitive advantage by offering to our customers leathers of much greater value.

What is Top Grain leather?

Top Grain leather (the most common type used in high quality leather products) is the second-best quality (grades from 2 to 5) and consequently less expensive than Full Grain. It represents the second selection of hides. Its surface has been sanded by a couple of millimeters to eliminate imperfections such as natural marks, scars, insect bites etc. As a result, the whole or part of the grain has been removed. Often a finish coat is added to the surface which results in a smooth, colder, plastic feel with less breathability and will not develop a natural patina. Due to the absence of grain which is the toughest part of the epidermis Top Grain leathers are less durable than Full Grain. Top Grain leather may develop “wrinkles” with wear; however, wrinkles should not be mistaken for grain. Top Grain leather will not develop grain. Grain cannot not be developed, it’s either there or it isn’t; and in the case of Top Grain leathers, some of or all of it, has been removed. The quality of Top Grain leather is determined by the quality of raw material (i.e. which grade) and of course the extent to which its grain has been removed.

Is there any practical difference between Full Grain and Top Grain leathers? Why do I have to care?

Not much. Both hides are tough enough and both will make nice looking jackets. They will both have the exact same function, i.e. keep the cold and the wind out, etc. But then again, why don’t you buy a nice nylon jacket? or, an equally good pleather (“faux leather”) jacket. They make them really nice these days. I guess not. You are here to buy a real leather jacket. And Full Grain is leather in its purest form, its most natural form. If that’s what you are after, go for it. If you don’t care and you are fine with processed leather (Top Grain) then that’s the right one for you.

How can one tell Full Grain from Top Grain leathers?

In Top Grain leathers the grain has been removed (either fully or partially depending on the quality) and where the original grain is absent one can see the animal’s hair follicles. Hair follicles do of course exist also in Full Grain leathers but are very difficult to spot because in such leathers only the top part of the hair shaft is visible and that is ultra thin. Going down the shaft of the hair at the root of the hair the follicle’s diameter becomes wider, so if for example a millimeter or two of the top surface of the skin has been sanded off, one sees deeper in the hair follicle where the hole is wider and hence more visible.

Other makers claim that they use veg. tanned Full Grain leathers too. How does your Victory horsehide compare to theirs?

Our Victory horsehide is a vegetable tanned Full Grain leather produced with a vintage recipe and done 100% by hand. That gives beautiful natural leather which maintains all the original grain and texture and that has an appearance like no other. Other tanneries produce Full Grain veg. tanned leathers but they use modern tanning methods and machinery (i.e. not made by hand) so their leathers can never look the same or close to our Victory horsehide. Mere comparison of our Victory horsehide with any other vegetable tanned leather will be enough to show that.

How do your A-2 jackets fit in comparison to other modern reproduction A-2s?

Our A-2 jackets are exact replicas of WWII jackets which fit more slender than today’s jackets.

If I want a slim fit jacket can you make it?

Sure we can.

How good are your jackets in comparison to other high end reproduction makers’ jackets?

We always believe that the best repro is a combination of 3 things. Fit, leather quality and details. There should be no question about the fit since we use original patterns which endured the test of time. Also, we use the best leather money can buy so can’t go wrong with that either. We are obsessed with details and will construct jackets with extreme attention even to the last detail. Remind you, the Devil is in the details.

That said, we GUARANTEE that you will find our jackets (both A-2 and Civilian) to be better reproductions of the originals than those made by ANY other repro maker WORLDWIDE. The reason is simply that although others may use original patterns and correct hardware, their leathers are completely off as they use the tanneries’ modern leather offerings and not leathers tanned in the vintage way, like we do. As a result, no matter how well made, their jackets will appear clearly different than originals (simple side-by-side comparison with originals is enough to show that), so a more suitable description for them would be “vintage inspired” and not exact reproductions of the originals like ours are.

Fine, but all manufacturers tell me the same story.

Thanks, we have seen jackets from all other manufacturers and know exactly what they make. We suggest you do the same. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we can make great jackets. We offer satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.

"You seem to be blowing your own trumpets a lot and putting yourselves on a pedestal over other manufacturers, isn't that bad taste?"

Every single statement made in our website is absolutely true.

Can you make fit adjustments/customizations to my jacket?

We offer Short and Long sizes without any extra cost. For a number of years we made whatever customizations free of charge unless the pattern had to be modified in which case we charged extra. At this time, we can accommodate any request for customization for an additional cost of £50.

I heard that your civilian style jackets have wide cuffs. Is it true?

Obviously not. We use original patterns and have copied the size of the cuffs exactly. Perhaps the comparison is made with modern style jackets which have very narrow sleeves/cuffs. We too like them, but chose not to alter the original vintage jacket patterns, as we prefer to remain true to the original. Because that’s what we are about, we make authentic reproductions of vintage jackets. If the sleeves or cuffs were wide on someone is probably because he might have thin arms and/or small hands. Needless to say, if a customer wants narrower cuffs or sleeves we will be happy to accommodate him.

Can I change my size/specs after I have placed my order?

You can change your size/specs within 3 days after we have received your order and your address until the order ships.

Where are your leather jackets manufactured?

Our jackets are styled in USA and made exclusively in our workshop in the old city of Athens, Greece where there is tradition in quality leather products since the ancient times. We make our jackets with leathers we import from Italy and materials we import from USA, UK and Japan.

Can I visit you to see and try on the jackets?

No sorry, we used to have a showroom but not any more. Our workshop is not open to the retail public. All sales are via this web shop.

When will my order be shipped?

The expected shipping date is different for each item because it depends on availability of materials etc. Please ask us about turnaround time before you place your order.

Can I exchange or return an item after I receive it?

Unlike other brands, we don’t carry inventory. This helps us keep our prices low, but makes exchanges a bit trickier. We’ll do our best to facilitate swapping out unworn, unwashed and unaltered items for a similar style or store credit. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email us.

Do you ship internationally?

Absolutely – we’ve sent jackets to over 50 countries!

Do you have any items in stock that I can buy now?

No, sorry!

Can you ship me a jacket to try on so I can figure out my size?

We might, it will depend on the size. We keep very limited inventory on hand, usually our display jackets which are all size 40.

I have an original jacket that needs repairs. Can you do that?

We used to offer free repairs for original jackets but cannot do that anymore. You will need to send us photos of your jacket so that we can determine if a repair is possible.

I have a repro jacket that needs repairs. Can you do that?

We used to repair everything but now due to time limitations have to refuse to repair any repro except if it is our make.

I recently read in an online forum that you...

Please note we do not manipulate/subsidize/sponsor web chat groups/internet forums/blogs for shilling, deceit, slandering or personal attack.

FYI: Shilling is called when a person (the shill) is engaged in covert advertising. The shill attempts to spread buzz by personally endorsing the product in public forums with the pretense of sincerity, when in fact he is being paid for his services.

This is contemptible but unfortunately a standard practice in the market.

Please do not believe whatever myths you read online. Do not let them decide for you what leather jacket you should or should not buy. Do as much research as you can. Ask the manufacturers, listen to the manufacturers replies and consider. See photos, try to compare products. Get the facts. Mind you, opinions are most of the times subjective. Photos aren’t.

I have an original (or other) jacket that I want reproduced. Can you do that?

For the right price, yes!

What about care and maintenance?

First of all, when you receive your jacket try not to open the box with a sharp object like a knife or cutter, but if you have to use one, take proper care not to damage the contents of the box. Clean by professional leather cleaning method only. Do not attempt to hand wash, machine wash, or clean by ordinary dry cleaning methods. If your leather jacket becomes wet, let it dry at room temperature away from sources of heat. Store your leather jacket in cool, dry places. Hang it on a wide wooden, plastic or padded hanger to help maintain its shape or preferably let it lie on a shelf unfolded. Do not put any tea leaves or other organic material on your jacket while in storage (yes, there is people who actually do that) as it may have adverse effects on the finishing. When storing, do not cover your leather jacket with plastic. The plastic will cause the leather to dry out. Avoid exposing your leather jacket to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Generally we do not recommend applying any cream or other similar products on your jackets for a long time. Tanneries have produced these leathers in such a way that they do not need anything for at least 15-20 years. However, if necessary, suitable leather conditioner should be applied. Always apply with a soft cotton cloth. Before applying, ensure jacket is dust and dirt free and test in a small less visible area. If you do not notice any discoloration, or darkening of the leather, apply to the rest of the jacket. To remove any odors from the jacket, hang it outside in the fresh air for as long as possible. We do not recommend use of Hot Water Treatment (HWT) or other extreme methods of artificial aging.

I heard your customer service is the worst. What do you have to say about that?

Thanks. Over the years we have offered the following:
• Free shipping (in certain cases)
• Free shipping by courier (in certain cases)
• Free shipping to all EU customers
• Free shipping to all UK customers
• Free repairs free alterations
• Free zipper replacement
• Free knits replacements (even for jackets not made by us)
• Free customizations free fit adjustments (up to 2 inches longer)
• Free repair parts, extra buttons, thread etc, incl. free shipping
• Customs friendly shipping service
• Full refunds including shipping costs both ways
• Free jackets for prize draw winners
• Free jackets in exchange for original patterns
• Free goods (belts etc.)
• Special offers – brand new jackets 50% price down
• Special offers – two jackets for the price of one
• Produced custom runs of parts on request (at no price surcharge)
• Produced custom color leathers on request (at no price surcharge)
• Exclusive (not available in the market) fabrics for linings on request
• Lifetime guarantee for zippers
• Full guidance on measurements and fit
• Provide try on jackets for fitting purposes
• Provide leather samples, fabric samples, thread samples, etc
• Tailor’s personal attendance for taking customer’s measurements at their home
• Special prices for returning customers
• Discount coupons
• Accomodated changes in the specifications even after jacket construction had begun
• Made jackets with customer supplied leather
• Made jackets of customers’ own design
• Cleaned, redyed jackets free of charge
• Attached customer’s own patches free of charge
• In length discussion about leather quality and production process
• Provided photos of jacket during construction
• Advice to avoid market pitfalls
• Customer service after office hours via social media
• Professional business-like conduct at all times
If you can find better service from others you are encouraged to shop from them.

I recently read in an online forum that you...

Please note we do not manipulate/subsidize/sponsor web chat groups/internet forums/blogs for shilling, deceit, slandering or personal attack.

FYI: Shilling is called when a person (the shill) is engaged in covert advertising. The shill attempts to spread buzz by personally endorsing the product in public forums with the pretense of sincerity, when in fact he is being paid for his services.

This is contemptible but unfortunately a standard practice in the market.

Please do not believe whatever myths you read online. Do not let them decide for you what leather jacket you should or should not buy. Do as much research as you can. Ask the manufacturers, listen to the manufacturers replies and consider. See photos, try to compare products. Get the facts. Mind you, opinions are most of the times subjective. Photos aren’t.

Is your Aeronaut jacket a copy of Himel’s heron jacket?

No it is not. We have been falsely quoted as saying “David Himel is angry because we copied his Heron jacket.” while the real comment we made was “David Himel is angry because he thought we copied his Heron jacket.”

The truth is that a number of brands had released similar jackets before us, and amongst them were some of the famous brands around these circles, as well as others less famous (and less costly) and also several Japanese brands, but Himel Bros were indifferent because all those jackets (with the exception of the Japanese) looked very much like inferior copies of his. Fans seemed to agree with “inferior copies” and nobody was accusing anyone for copying someone else.

We were one of the last brands (followed by others later) to introduce a shawl collar jacket and Himel Bros became upset because our jacket was the only one of the same (or perhaps higher) quality, fit and design as his, with whatever consequences that might have.

The true inspiration to create our jacket was a Block Bilt jacket that appears on page 55 of Lightning vol. 99 Vintage Leather Jacket book and shortly after, with the help from a collector, we had in our hands an original unlined russet horsehide Block Bilt jacket with more rounded collar which we incorporated in our design.

We never handled a Himel jacket, neither a Heron nor any other style and we are not in the business of copying reproduction jackets from others. If you are looking for such jackets perhaps you should consider Himel’s Frobisher jacket which was released shortly after our Wingman jacket. We only offer reproductions of originals.

How can you say that your jackets are of equal or better quality than jackets made by other makers when others sell at much higher prices than yours?

Do NOT think for 1 second that because our jackets are cheaper they are of inferior quality. This is a common mistake people make. We GUARANTEE you that our jackets are of the same or better quality than those of other makers that sell at higher prices. Please do not confuse value with price. Price is not determined only by the cost of the materials that go into the jacket. There are other overheads that have to be considered. The size of one’s operation can hugely affect those overheads. We can increase our prices tomorrow morning to match those of the other makers, we have no problem doing that since we sell the same quality product with them. But we have a different business strategy, we prefer to benefit from a larger volume of sales that will keep us busy than earn the same money by selling fewer jackets. In other words we use the lower price to stimulate higher demand. We are also price sensitive as we want to help the average fellow enthusiast who can’t afford to spend a fortune for a leather jacket. But, let me repeat again, just because you buy it cheaper here, it doesn’t mean it’s of inferior quality. We GUARANTEE you that.

What do I buy for the GBP 700-800 that I pay you when I order one of your jackets?

You buy years of research, planning and developing that result to a flawless execution of the jacket. You pay for our meticulous and continuous work to improve our products and for the years of endless efforts to find the right suppliers for all the materials (believe us, it’s not easy), to design specifications and order custom products that go into the jackets we make so that we can fulfill our goal to offer you the best reproduction jacket out there. You pay for the several man-hours that go in the making of your jacket, which exceed by far those needed for a mall or a designer jacket. You pay for the scarcity of the original patterns. You pay for the level of detail that goes into the replicating of the original jacket. You pay for our vast expertise and experience that took years to build. You pay for the quality of materials that are second to none. Indeed, we use the best materials available in the world. We buy only the best, regardless of price. You pay for the fact that we spare no money and no effort to present you with the best vintage leather jacket reproduction you can get.