Posted by Patterson from 126.96.36.199 on March 05, 2001 at 17:06:34:
In Reply to: for Patterson posted by Australian Climber on March 05, 2001 at 16:31:50:
First off – Lee, please correct me if I get some of this jumbled.
The discussion I was having with Peter was fairly heated, and he mentioned that in getting some items correct, they had pulled out their original Keppler prototype. Keppler meaning Lee Keppler.
Back in the early 1980's, Lee was selling Wested’s retail - buying them wholesale from Peter. This was before Peter hit the internet. Anyway, Lee showed me some ad copy from Wested back then, and the jacket they had pictured as their "Raiders" jacket had shoulder pads, a very short waist, and had the kind of finished stitching you find on a dress suit. Definitely NOT military inspired, and definitely not from any original patterns. The picture reminded me of the waist jackets girls wore to Sammy Hagar concerts back in the early 1980's. Anyway, Lee then contracted with Flight Suits to make a prototype that was sent to Peter for evaluation, and to revamp his pattern. The prototype has never been returned to the best of my knowledge, nor was it ever formally acknowledged by anybody over there until I talked to Peter. I have been told, however, that he also recently made the same comment to another regular.
So, things come full circle. I have to wonder WHAT the Last Crusade jacket would have looked like if it had not been for Lee Keppler.
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