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I wanna buy a buttery soft, preferably black although some brown ones are stunning, dressy leather non-insulated spring/fall jacket, probably w/o the belt, ala the kind you'd see Brian Kinney wear on QAF. I know that Bergdorf is an option but I was hoping to go for cheaper. You know, the one that normally would cost $1800, but you got it for $650. That kind of place/jacket.

 

Where?

 

THANKS!

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Rod, you'd have better luck around via Manzoni in Milan, where they sell some no-name sumptuous leather items at great prices.

 

In NYC, you'll pay dearly for great quality leather. And, if you want discreet but solid design elements (Italian, of course) -- in other words, a GREAT fit, plan on $1800 and up.

 

I would recommend Barney's over Bergdorf, and don't leave out Saks. But, the only way to get something fabulous for less at any of these would be if you get lucky and hit a sale.

 

I guess you could visit Century 21 in the Financial District. They might have something from a previous year's collection but it's so hit and miss there. Some gay men on a budget swear by it. I prefer to shop uptown.

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I am not sure if you are looking for a high fashion type look - designer label - such as DSquared / Armani / Versace / Hugo Boss / Prada ??? Then U should expect to pay in the range of $ 2,500.00 to

$ 4,500.00 if you are lucky. One of my favourite places for leather jackets in LA is . . . what is that place near the design district - Maxwell - it's like a concrete bunker with some Easter Island sculptures at the entrance. I always have Northbound custom make (I don't like to use the word knock off) what they offer for about a quarter of the price.

 

House brands from the better department stores will set you back likely half that amount. As I am not clear - if u r looking for high fashion or a little more rugged / biker type look ?

 

Second point - forget buttery soft - that is not what u want - damages far too easily - could get caught and tear on something as easy as a door handle. SO - not a good idea.

 

Third point (I own about 35 pieces of leather - coats / jackets / chaps / jeans / shirts / dressier leather pants) all custom made from a company that exhibits at IML each year in Chicago. They manufacture in their studio in Toronto - Canada. It is an exceptional product - extremely well made and totally customizable - check out their web site - they also sell tons of stuff off the rack so to speak or off the web site - http://www.northbound.com/

 

They are extremely well priced I have pieces bought from them 12-15 years ago that still look brand new - but then it's not like I don't have a lot of gear to rotate. Happy shopping - or take a trip to Toronto before the winter sets in and take advantage of that extra 20% you will get on the American dollar. One of the few good reasons to visit Toronto is to spend an afternoon in their store.

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>I wanna buy a buttery soft, preferably black although some

>brown ones are stunning, dressy leather non-insulated

>spring/fall jacket, probably w/o the belt, ala the kind you'd

>see Brian Kinney wear on QAF.

 

I just have to say that I have said this sentence aloud a few times and I think it is now one of my favorite sentences ever. I particularly like "some brown ones are stunning." That would make a great book title! :p

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Thanks Rick!

 

Actually Boot, I have a wonderful Harley Jacket, that doesn't look like a Harley jacket (the Harley Davidson logo on the back is so subtle it's nearly invisible) that looks both tough and tuff: hardcore. I LOVE IT.

 

What I want now is high fashion/dressy and light black leather jacket. I'll scope out Barney's, but if nothing I like there is affordable, then am I to understand that I should record my favorite jacket's make and model and then provide Northbound with that information, my measurements, and maybe a link to a photo of said jacket?

 

THANKS!

 

 

 

 

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Century 21 is worth a look see-who knows you may get lucky. I was looking at a brown one there last fall that was $650, original price $1500 if I remember correctly. They are directly across the street from the World Trade Center site. If you ride the subways take the E to the end of the line then walk a block south past the Millenium Hilton.

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Barney's will set you back a few coins, for sure, but they really are the ONLY store in Uptown Manhattan that specifically caters to young, edgy, fashionistas. I don't consider myself that young anymore but I am edgy, and I often have luck finding just the right pattern and style at Barney's, especially in suits and outerwear.

 

You may want to check out Jeffery, THE Downtown fashionista palace, at 449 West 14th Street, near Washington St. Just make sure you look like a movie star before you enter. I hear the cute, attitude-laden sales-queens willingly check hot men out in their changing cabins. Buy a leather jacket and get a blow job - is their a better way to shop?

 

"...then am I to understand that I should record my favorite jacket's make and model and then provide Northbound with that information, my measurements, and maybe a link to a photo of said jacket?"

 

I've been known to do this if there was something very specific I wanted and couldn't be found elsewhere. But given my broad shoulders and built-up chest, nothing compares to having the ability to "try it on" before you purchase. It's your call.

 

ps I liked bootdad's Toronto suggestion. I used to do business in Toronto (before Livent went belly-up) and always enjoyed the shopping experience: clothing and men. The rate of exchange is quite favorable now.

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Wow, I feel so cheap after reading all these posts. The JcPenney "St. John's Bay Leather Lambskin jacket" from "jcpenney.com" (on sale from $340 now just $199) looks nice LOL

 

I just bought the "R&O Lambskin jacket" ($360) for $179 from jcpenney.com and it fits this Big&Tall guy just great.

 

I like checking out the following websites for waist length jackets:

 

 

 

http://www.readsportswear.com

 

http://www.leatherconsultants.com/

 

http://www.casualmale.com/store/en_US/catalog/browse_product.jsp?clear=true&catID=cat10025&id=cat10081

 

http://www.josbank.com/

 

http://www.amazon.com

 

 

 

And to think i always thought spending more than $300 for a leather jacket was crazy. LOL

 

I guess that's because I'm only into the "waist length" jackets.

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Wow, I feel so cheap after reading all these posts. The JcPenney "St. John's Bay Leather Lambskin jacket" from "jcpenney.com" (on sale from $340 now just $199) looks nice LOL

 

I just bought the "R&O Lambskin jacket" ($360) for $179 from jcpenney.com and it fits this Big&Tall guy just great.

 

I like checking out the following websites for waist length jackets:

 

 

 

http://www.readsportswear.com

 

http://www.leatherconsultants.com/

 

http://www.casualmale.com/store/en_US/catalog/browse_product.jsp?clear=true&catID=cat10025&id=cat10081

 

http://www.josbank.com/

 

http://www.amazon.com

 

 

 

And to think i always thought spending more than $300 for a leather jacket was crazy. LOL

 

I guess that's because I'm only into the "waist length" jackets.

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re: northbound. I cannot imagine a more moronic company. If the jacket ever does arrive, and if I hate it, I'm going to return it with a letter bomb and I can guarantee it won't take over 30 days for them to get that package. Inept idiots.

 

 

>Third point (I own about 35 pieces of leather - coats /

>jackets / chaps / jeans / shirts / dressier leather pants) all

>custom made from a company that exhibits at IML each year in

>Chicago. They manufacture in their studio in Toronto - Canada.

> It is an exceptional product - extremely well made and

>totally customizable - check out their web site - they also

>sell tons of stuff off the rack so to speak or off the web

>site - http://www.northbound.com/

>

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>re: northbound. I cannot imagine a more moronic company. If

>the jacket ever does arrive, and if I hate it, I'm going to

>return it with a letter bomb and I can guarantee it won't take

>over 30 days for them to get that package. Inept idiots.

 

I know waiting for something ro arrive can be a pain - but - don't forget that good things are worth waiting for. Kill the time during your wait by thinking of all those erections you will cause as you step out in your new leathers.

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