I'm not a collector or a fanatic, but I do admire the work of John Chapman of Goodwear Leather in Seattle. I have a few original WW2-era flying jackets; My dad's A-2, (56th fighter squadron, ETO) and My Uncle's G-1, (Corsairs off the USS Lake Champlain in Korea) and another early 60's PX G-1. I am familiar with the flight jacket "culture" and know a bit about what makes a good jacket vs. a poor one. Chapman makes excellent garments using exact patterns from period suppliers. He is essentially a one-man shop with a multi-year backlog, and his work ethic, pricing eithic, and thoughts about Growth..as well as the limits of being a lone craftsman...echo the opinions of many on the forum.
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