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This item was used in a still photography shoot (not worn) and is otherwise brand new.
This is the finest leather MA-1 jacket that the world has ever known. Handmade in Greece by the esteemed Thedi Leathers Co., this MA-1 is crafted in the most supple mid-weight horsehide imaginable. It's a truly magnificent investment piece. This is the original photo sample from Spring 2015, and it's well suited for a true size 40 or size Large Epaulet shirt.
The MA-1 Shape
The MA-1 flight jacket was first developed in the mid-1950s as the cutting edge field-performance-wear for the new jet age. At the time of this innovation, nylon replaced leather as the main flight jacket material to better suit the mobility needs of high-flying jet pilots.
The Epaulet x Thedi horsehide MA-1 aims to bridge the gap between the modern MA-1 and the classic, pre-jet-era, pilot-wear. Needless to say, we've also taken inspiration from the punks and mods of the 1970s who so lovingly appropriated the MA-1 as part of their distinctive style. In both scenarios, for function and fashion, the MA-1 has always maintained a powerful reputation for its sturdy construction and heavy insulation.
Front Quarter Horsehide
The leather is genuine Front Quarter Horsehide from Italy. It is vegetable-tanned, stained, and glazed over the period of several months. The result is a remarkably soft skin with an incredible hand and a strong degree of water resistance. We've ordered this skin in a middle weight - making it more comfortable and slimmer fitting than the typical horsehide piece. Although all horsehide comes with grain marks and small scratches, we were very impressed with how uniform this leather is - which is a testament to both the excellent tannage and the sharp eye of Thedi's master cutter.
* Be sure to take careful note of the back of this jacket. It is one solid, beautiful, un-paneled piece of horsehide. This is extremely rare and a sign of truly remarkable leather construction*
- Lightweight wool interlining for added warmth and insulation (true-to-tradition, pre-pollster MA-1 liner)
- Thedi Leathers’ signature interior trigger pocket
- Genuine Universal® zipper hardware, including a heavyweight front zip, side-arm pen pocket and interior pocket zipper
- Metal underarm grommets
- Heavy-duty, age-resistant cotton/acyclic collar and cuffs
- Two sturdy reverse snap pockets
About Thedi Leathers
Since 1979, Thedi Leathers has been producing some of the finest leather jackets in the world. Operating out of a workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece - a small and skilled team of craftspeople meticulously cut and assemble every jacket by hand. Their products are sold throughout the world to the most discerning of leather outerwear enthusiasts.
Measurements & Sizing
The fit qualities of the MA-1 shape make this an ideal item for pre-order. The blouson shape and ribbed sleeves accommodate a range of physiques and sleeve lengths. In general, we recommend ordering your typical Epaulet chest size. If you are an odd size, we believe either bookending size (one up or one down) will fit you well. For example, we have seen the sample size (40) fit a range of customers spanning size 39 to 41.
For odd size folks: go up one size if you want to layer a thick sweater, down one size if you prefer a closer fit.
If you are over six feet tall, or typically order a long in sport coats, we recommend considering adding an extra inch to the length and the sleeve. Add 2" if you take an XLong.
For those who take Regular or Short jackets, we recommend the regular body length. It's a cropped style already. For the sleeve, remove an inch if you take a Short jacket. We do not recommend removing more than one inch from the sleeve. As it ends in a knit cuff, it's not really a problem if it's a little long. It will still sit in the proper spot on your wrist.
If you own Epaulet New York shirting, then the sizing approximately works as such: XSmall = 34, Small = 36, Medium = 38, Large = 40, XLarge = 42, XXL = 44
If you own a Thedi Leathers jacket, then the sizing approximately works as such: Small = 34, Medium = 36, Large = 38, XLarge = 40, XXL = 42, XXXL = 44
All measurements are shown in inches. "Chest" is measured from one armpit seam to the other. "Sleeves" is measured from the shoulder seam to the end of the cuff. "Shoulder" is measured from one shoulder seam to the other. "Length" is measured from the base of the rear collar to the bottom of the garment.