Posted by Bob from chiac.eee.strath.ac.uk on April 20, 1998 at 12:02:03:
In Reply to: how to order the jacket? posted by Tom on April 19, 1998 at 02:49:58:
I visited Wested leather a few weeks ago in London, with a view
to ordering a Raiders jacket. This is a garment I have admired
since I first saw the movie in 1981 and was further encouraged by
all the good reports I have read from those (many from USA) who have
received a jacket by mail order.
Folks I have to level with you....when I saw the jacket my heart sank,
I couldn't believe this was the same item I have been after all these
years. To say the materials used are thin, soft and light weight are
(I'm sorry) gross understatement. I'm not trying to be negative here,
but to those who have ever owned a leather jacket made from hide (this
item is made from skin), you will be very surprised at just how (dare
I say it) flimsy this jacket seems when viewed (and worn) at first
hand. Incidentally this is the "Raiders" jacket, open storm flap
unlike Last Crusade which had stud fasteners top and bottom.
On reflection it was in keeping with a similar experience I have had
on seeing props from movies and TV shows at exhibitions (eg Star
Wars, Star Trek etc)in Europe and The States. In essence what looks
good on the big screen, more often than not looks distictly
unimpressive when given close up or as in this case "hands on"
On the plus side the staff were very friendly and helpful, and I felt
quite welcome to browse in the store. I realise the posts on this
subject have been overwhelmimgly positive and that without exception
other posters seem "thrilled" and "excited" etc with their jackets.
Perhaps it was this that threw me, and contributed to the experience
being such a let down. The above of course is just my opinion,
everyones taste being different etc but I thought I would share
my experience regardless.
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