Menswear: 1950's Suede Bomber Jacket


ShaneB
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28 Jan 2014 17:49
Deadstock 1950's suede bomber jacket recently been found -

http://www.theweejun.com/index.php/recent-finds-1950s-deadstock-montgomery-ward-suede-bomber/

Apparently it's now being sold on ebay -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-1950s-Suede-Leather-Jacket-New-with-tags-/141163759507?pt=UK_Men_s_Coats_Jackets&hash;=item20de040793

Looks decent - what do you reckon the price though? Bit of chancer given it's still basically a vintage item?
Bennelli
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28 Jan 2014 18:01
No doubt it'll be flying over to Japan soon, either that or the Golden Bear/Schott archives…
ShaneB
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posted 28 Jan 2014 18:18, edited 28 Jan 2014 18:18
I wonder how much something like that went back in the day - doesn't look like it's got a price on it; if it's a basic mail order company though I'd imagine it was reasonably priced.

Something like that today would set you back at least £600/700 (hence the price).
Bennelli
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28 Jan 2014 18:47
Can't imagine it costing too much, more raw materials back then. Deff not 600 quid
manula
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posted 28 Jan 2014 18:52, edited 28 Jan 2014 18:52
I posted this link in the ebay thread last week
//auction is now over…

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-First-Edition-LEVIS-506-XX-Jacket-38L-Silver-Buckle-Pre-WWII-VERY-RARE-/121254670880?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName;=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&nma;=true&si;=82tq6Ij4pNZCPRT2K9PhfPiygrw%253D&orig;_cvip=true&rt;=nc

Original Levis 506 from 1936
ShaneB
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596 posts since 28/11/10

28 Jan 2014 19:52
Bennelli wrote: Can't imagine it costing too much, more raw materials back then. Deff not 600 quid

Doubt it to be honest mate - production is far cheaper & efficient today than it was in the 50's.

Looks like a quality item though regardless.
ShaneB
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posted 28 Jan 2014 19:55, edited 28 Jan 2014 19:55

Well nice - love to know how much these things cost back then. A £700 well made suede bomber is about 50% of income for an average salary - I doubt many people would have the ability to dispose of 50% of their salary on a consumable item like a jacket. I wonder how much as p/c these sort of well made items cost back in the day?
Noble Locks
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28 Jan 2014 20:05
3 or 4 dollars.
ShaneB
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posted 28 Jan 2014 20:06, edited 28 Jan 2014 20:06
Noble Locks wrote: 3 or 4 dollars.

Yeah I get that Eye-wink but I mean relatively speaking / proportion of income
Noble Locks
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posted 28 Jan 2014 20:07, edited 28 Jan 2014 20:07
Just under a months wages id guess.
ShaneB
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posted 28 Jan 2014 20:09, edited 28 Jan 2014 20:09
Apparently average income was about 2,800 per annum / about 235 dollars a month at 5 dollars something like a suede jacket would have been 2% of their monthly income. Where did it all go wrong?!
Bennelli
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28 Jan 2014 20:11
Know what you are saying mate but there were more tanneries back then post WW2 and probably lots of surplus leather leading to cheaper prices.

Denims always been a cheap workwear orientated fabric made for the working classes, so that Levis cost peanuts way back when.

The only reason stuff like that is worth ought now is primarily because the majority of it has been binned and battered over time. Pattern makers and brands pay alot to get these vintage items so they can sell it back to us mugs at inflated prices Laughing out loud

(no astroboy)
Astro_Boy
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28 Jan 2014 21:14
no Astroboy?
Bennelli
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28 Jan 2014 21:18
Just a light hearted comment on the Soloist jive you were talking in another thread buddy, didn't mean ought by it Jimmy Hill