WW2 Irving jacket

WW2 Irving jacket

Joined: March 4th, 2007, 10:49 pm

March 4th, 2007, 11:01 pm #1

Can anybody help me , who makes the most authentic repro WW2 Irving jacket.
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

March 5th, 2007, 10:59 pm #2

IMHO: Eastman Leathers!
A very close second best: Aeroleathers.

Then there's nothing for quite a while...
These two are top notch!

Glad I made my pick when Aeroleathers wasn't making Irvins yet. I'd have a hard time choosing now

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: May 30th, 2003, 11:57 pm

March 6th, 2007, 5:34 am #3

Man, I love that jacket.I've had mine for 14 winters and it still looks good.If you live in a cold climate (I'm in Wisconsin)and you hang out at airfields or fly it is one nice piece of merchandise.Those jackets are expensive but you'll never have to buy another.
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Joined: March 4th, 2007, 10:49 pm

March 7th, 2007, 3:10 am #4

IMHO: Eastman Leathers!
A very close second best: Aeroleathers.

Then there's nothing for quite a while...
These two are top notch!

Glad I made my pick when Aeroleathers wasn't making Irvins yet. I'd have a hard time choosing now

Cheers, Toine
Hi

Thanks for your fast responce ,what about the IRVIN RAF SHEEPSKIN JACKET ,
see http://www.flying-jacket.com/irvind.asp do you know this one.

Best regards Thomas
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

March 7th, 2007, 8:07 am #5

First off, there is hardly such a thing as an original Irvin.
Yes, Irvin did make them, of course, but it was also widely manufactured by others under contract from the Air Ministry.

I believe the claim to fame from this company is quite bogus.
Their jackets are quite bogus as well.
Yes, they're wonderful warm sheepskin jackets, but that's were the comparison stops. The cut is off, the colour is off and zips and tapes are nowhere near original.

Everyone with a fleeting knowledge of Irvins will see it is not an Irvin.

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: July 22nd, 2006, 6:49 pm

March 7th, 2007, 8:13 am #6

Can anybody help me , who makes the most authentic repro WW2 Irving jacket.
I've for sale a new condition Irvin (1942 pattern, regular finish) from Eastman in size 44.
Contact me at: alexandrov80@yahoo.fr

Jerome
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Joined: November 19th, 2004, 7:24 am

March 9th, 2007, 3:26 am #7

Can anybody help me , who makes the most authentic repro WW2 Irving jacket.
I've got an Eastman Irvin, wear it for reenacting and when flying open cockpit airplanes. It's an awesome jacket, I'm quite pleased. Not inexpensive, but every bit a good investment.

Bob
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Joined: December 26th, 2006, 5:09 pm

March 9th, 2007, 8:18 pm #8

First off, there is hardly such a thing as an original Irvin.
Yes, Irvin did make them, of course, but it was also widely manufactured by others under contract from the Air Ministry.

I believe the claim to fame from this company is quite bogus.
Their jackets are quite bogus as well.
Yes, they're wonderful warm sheepskin jackets, but that's were the comparison stops. The cut is off, the colour is off and zips and tapes are nowhere near original.

Everyone with a fleeting knowledge of Irvins will see it is not an Irvin.

Cheers, Toine
The Aviation Leathercraft Irvins are of course unauthentic. The firm simply bought up the rights to the name. Irvin Air Chute (IAC) was the original maker from 1931/2 and continued through the war. There are only three other known Wartime makers of Irvins-Wareing and Co of Northampton, D.G.L and Robinson and Ensum. Wareings and IAC were the biggest volume makers and they made the best quality jackets. It is often cheaper to buy an original as it is to buy a repro from Aero or ELC.
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