WHY IS IT SO HARD TO MAKE THESE JACKETS?
Today’s clothing differs completely from that of the past. Then, clothing was meant to be functional, strong and well made: during and after the Great Depression people lacked the money to change "fashion statements" with the weather! Things were made to last, even to be handed down.
Before the introduction of synthetics (Polar Fleece, Hollofil, Gore-Tex, etc.) sturdy leathers and woolens were used for warmth. The look and feel of these older materials differ wholly from current clothing.
People think, for instance, that fragile, short-lived, non-performing leather like lambskin is the thing to have. We don’t. We call such taxi leather – great if your life consists of getting in and out of taxis. Geez, they make condoms out of lambskin. Maybe that’s the point! You are what you wear?
Sorry to sound so aggressive, but Fashion doesn’t interest us a bit. Fashion's not for men. Style is. Fashion is fleeting, Style remains forever. (Coco Chanel said this.) We make clothing with which customers establish emotional bonds. Like a beloved dog, our clothing is always at your side, recalling the best times, ready for the worst. Clothing that becomes a part of one’s memory, not clothing soon forgotten. Clothing a joy to wear, not a necessity, unless a psychic one.