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Other Brands and Shops / Coffin Brand
« on: January 22, 2022, 02:16:25 am »
I've just seen Coffin Brand over at the Hat Place. They're a one-man-brand making wool half belt jackets. I don't think that they have a web page yet, but they are on Instagram.

"Coffin Brand"

Other Brands and Shops / Thedi Leathers
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:02:43 pm »
Thedi have copied Mad Red!

« on: April 18, 2018, 02:55:34 pm »
My Google Photos account keeps on bringing up old photos, and so I thought that we could have a thread for flashbacks.

On 18th April 2014, @trail and arrow, @indigo bitch, and a very tiny @emil visited me in London.

Emil got locked out! :o


The Germans got introduced to fine English cuisine.

"English Breakfast"

We all went to visit @Danny RnH .

"Rivet and Hide"

Suitable shades were worn.

"Steffen in Shades"

And there was a very cool prototype @simonc shirt.

"Simon Cathcart Shirt"

Going, Going, Gone.... / GONE: Reigning Champ Shawl Collar Sweatshirts (XL)
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:40:23 pm »
I've got a couple of Reigning Champ shawl collar sweatshirts. They're a size XL, which roughly equates to an Iron Heart XXL. (I'll post measurements when I find a tape measure.)

"Reigning Champ"

They're free, and I'll be hauling them down to the Kanreki this weekend.

Other lifter problems:
  • You get your diet under control, and drop a shirt size. This causes you to spend loads of money on Iron Heart gear to replace all the stuff that no longer fits.
  • Then you build muscle, and put an inch or so onto your chest. All your shirts feel a bit snug. So you have to replace them all. Again.

Because of this I need to replace my wardrobe. I'll be bringing the following to the Multicoloured Mainly Indigo Swap Meet at Giles's Kanreki in about a fortnight. If you're not attending, I can add the items to your stack at Gosport, which makes it easier for international postage.

IHJ-24 17oz "First Zip" XXL

"First Zip"

I really like this jacket, and am gutted that it's now too small. It's not been worn a great deal, but there is some evo coming in.

IHM-06 Denim M65 XXL (Japan only)


This fits a bit larger than the First Zip. The measurements for the IHM-08 feel about right, but I need to dig out a tape measure to check them. It's an awesome jacket, I've had a lot of wear out of it. It's not lined, but is quite warm, and surprisingly has kept me dry in showers.

Note that there isn't a concealed hood on this style, whereas the other Iron Heart M65s have them.

IHV-24 Flannel Bonded 18oz Denim Type III Vest XXL


I've worn this about half-a-dozen times. It's too small for me to wear over a jacket now, but the fit doesn't work so well for me as a layering piece. If it doesn't sell, I'll probably keep it.

Sold Iron Heart shirts:


Sold Mister Freedom shirts:
Sold Flat Head shirts:
  • 7001 Western Shirt 46 - this is the original version, not the shortened model that Rivet and Hide now list

General Chat / Bleep - secure P2P chat
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:03:03 am »
My brother gave me a heads up on Bleep, which is a new peer-to-peer chat program from the troublemakers at Bittorrent.

It's claimed to be completely secure, as the message is encrypted. I don't know how accurate the claim is, but it's certainly a USP in an era when the US government and Silicon Valley are keen to mine your data!

I set it up earlier, it's easier on the PC version than on Android. Once I got connected with my brother it worked well, and the voice call was clearer than the trans-Pacific telephone chat we'd had beforehand. I'm impressed so far.

If you're interested, it's a free download from:


General Chat / How Old?
« on: May 01, 2015, 03:48:39 am »
Microsoft have just released a website that estimates how old you are. It can be found at:


It proves that having a beard ages you...

I lost seven years by shaving it off!

Unfortunately it can be really unflattering for some people...

If I visit @Danny RnH then I'm pushed to close to a pensionable age! But @Beatle seems to get away with it somehow...

Other Brands and Shops / McNair Shirts
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:57:24 pm »
McNair were listed in Hiut Denim's 100+ Makers and Mavericks this year. They produce a Merino wool mountain shirt that's made in and around Huddersfield, and looks suitably over-engineered.

If anyone is looking for an alternative to the IH wool shirts, then these might be an option. I haven't got one yet.

Going, Going, Gone.... / XXXL Shirts, Irvin, Motorcycle Leathers, and Bike
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:15:57 pm »
I managed to lose a chunk of weight, and I'm heading off to Oz, so a bunch of stuff is up for sale.

XXXL Shirts

All gone! :D

Irvin Jacket

This is probably the biggest WW2 Irvin in the world. Here it is being modelled by Nigel Cabourn.

Measurements are:
  • Pit-to-pit: 26"
  • Sleeve Length: 28"
  • Back Length: 28"
There are a couple of seams that need tidying up, and it could do with a clean to remove the Pecards (or similar) that the previous keeper coated it with. I had a chat to Byson Leather, and they could sort it.

Asking price: £625 / €800 / $1000.

Motorcycle Leathers

This is a two piece suit by BKS Leathers, the expensive made-to-measure company, not the rebadged Frank Thomas ones!

They're rated to Level 2 of the CE Standard as Personal Protective Gear, and Level 3 of the Cambridge Standard. The former means that they're designed to survive high speed offs, the latter means they'll cope with multiple offs. If you're curious, the Cambridge Standard was the basis for the CE one, but Level 3 was dropped because certain brands didn't feel they could meet it.

The suit is made from a thick, heavy duty cowhide, and has upgraded armour. The trousers and jacket zip together, making it suitable for track days. The lining is removable, and the suit has both a lightweight summer liner, and a fleece version. Oh, and there are a pair of knee sliders that I've never used.

The sizing is a bit weird compared with IH gear. In particular the sleeves are pretty short, as they're designed to be worn under gloves. It would suit someone with around a 45" to 46" chest, 38" to 42" waist, 6'3" and long limbs. It could be adjusted a couple of inches here and there, but not by a huge amount. The trouble is I lost 15 kg / 35 lbs since I got it, and that's quite a bit more than can be accommodated...

OK, here's the painful bit for me! The suit cost the thick end of £2000, but they're selling for £150 to £300 on eBay. So if you want to make me an insulting offer then I'll probably accept it.

That said, postage will be a lot. It makes an Alexander or Aero jacket feel light! :o


Gone, but I'll leave the photo up.

Iron Heart Meet Ups & Travel / Die Deutsche Osterwochenende
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:09:26 pm »
The Germans are coming here!

Lock up your hats!

Fortunately they can be distracted by regional English delicacies...

But who's that sleeping in my bed?

Sport / Sailing
« on: October 11, 2013, 08:56:34 pm »

Going, Going, Gone.... / Barbour / Tokito Motorbike Shirt Jacket (XXL)
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:14:34 pm »
I picked up a Barbour / Tokito Motorbike Shirt Jacket at the tail end of their sale, and it's a bit small for me.

It's a size XXL, but these come up small. I'm normally an XXXL in Ironheart, and it's too tight to layer. I'd guess it would work better for someone who's an XXL fit. I can get measurements tomorrow if anyone wants them.

If anyone wants it, I paid £174, so would be looking for that plus any postage. If not, I'll take it back sometime next week.

Footwear / Sebastian Tarek
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:06:16 pm »
I mentioned Sebastian Tarek in the Other Footwear thread. Since I'm spending far too much on a pair of boots with him, I figured that I'd kick off a new topic.

To recap, Sebastian's a bespoke shoemaker, which is something of a dying art in the UK. I can think of eight or ten companies, and apart from John Lobb Ltd., most will no more than half a dozen employees.

This is a picture of him. He's got an excellent gnarly beard, and his favourite pair of jeans are Iron Hearts. He'd fit right in here...

Sebastian's currently working in conjunction with Hostem, a cutting-end fashion retailer in Shoreditch, which looks like the sort of place where Tim Burton would shop.

The pair that I'm going for will be something like these.

I've got big, broad, inelegant feet, so mine will have a more rounded toe to them, and another inch or two in the shaft.

The other style I was seriously considering, and Giles sounded keen on, are the Monkey Boots.

I opted for the Balmorals in the end because they're usable in more situations. Sebastian has a pair that he took on a trip to the States, and they did everything from hiking through to formal wear at a wedding.

Other Brands and Shops / Denham
« on: October 10, 2012, 10:29:10 pm »
Denham don't seem to be getting much love around here. I quite like their jeans because the designs are a bit more adventurous than remixing classic Americana, though they're probably closer to something like Nudies in terms of quality.

Their store on Prinsengracht in Amsterdam is always worth a look. And it's just around the corner from Tenue de Nimes. ;D

That said, I'm liking some of their coats for the winter. The Orkney appeals, and not just because that's where my family originates from. It's cut from vintage French linen and Italian blankets. Not cheap, though, and (fortunately) not in my size.

The Longshore is a crazy hybrid of pea coat and biker jacket. I'm not entirely convinced by the tweed sleeves, but apart from that I like it.

They've got some really interesting pieces in their garment library too. My favourite is the leather and wool Ike jacket that they found in a shop in Edinburgh. It's giving me bad ideas...

Other Brands and Shops / Good Wear Leather
« on: September 28, 2012, 11:42:49 am »
No one seems to have mentioned Good Wear Leather round here, so I thought that they deserved their own thread. They're the leather equivalent of Roy, with John Chapman doing all the cutting and sewing of the jackets.

John's best known for his A2 replicas, and when I was at the Aero factory a few weeks back Will said that if I got the chance to get one. He's got both a Good Wear and an original Doniger, and reckons they're identical.

It's not all flying jackets. There are a couple of half belt variants, and a rather nice Cafe Racer.

Me, I'm really tempted by the M422 replica...

Downsides? There's about a 12 month waiting time, and they're even more expensive than an Aero.

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