I will post some pics of my new JAL in lambskin, the same leather that AJ matched to the screen-used jacket in Phoenix. Only, this site won't let me post my pics without cropping them which I don't have time for right now since I'm at work. If I get a second, I'll update this post. Otherwise, check the RPF thread for now if you're curious.
But I wanted to note something about the collar here. I don't know about the calfskin, can't speak for that since I don't own one, but the lambskin version I have has lining on the inside of the collar which makes it a little less prone to wrinkling. Only time will tell if it will start to wrinkle, or maybe I can do something to quicken the process, but be aware of that. If you get one in lambskin you might ask for no lining in the collar. You can feel the lining in there and it helps the collar retain it's shape since the leather is so thin. This leather is super thin, a bit thinner than my JAL Mayhem. It's also extremely soft and supple. Very nice stuff.
Ok, so I had some time at work. Hopefully these pics work on here.
So I think it's very screen-accurate except for the custom lining I put in it. The top stitch on the shoulder, which seems to have been a point of debate on here, I truly believe is considered screen-accurate. It should be a top stitch with red thread, not white. Jonathan contacted me to let me know his guys put the top stitch on and if I wanted it removed he would do that for me since we never talked about it, but I told him I consider it screen-accurate and he could leave it.
And just for some background info, AJ, who is a member here, lives near the costume exhibit that has a bunch of FC clothes including a screen-used jacket. I think it's the last stop, so after it leaves there, it's gone. So he had the opportunity to get red leather samples from JAL and go and compare these samples to the jacket, holding them up in the same light as the screen-used jacket side by side. He chose this leather and had a jacket built in it. I wanted the same leather so I used what he picked out, but threw my own lining in it.
Sorry for all the pics, but I wanted to be thorough. I wrote a more detailed description on the RPF. I'll copy and paste some of it here:
My JAL came on Friday. It's beautiful and really impressive. I have to be honest, this jacket never did it for me as much as the Mayhem and I was a little unsure how I would like it being this red too, but it really turned out to be gorgeous and I adore it. I might still like the Mayhem better, but I've certainly been wearing this one more lately.
I think it is extremely close to the original. The leather isn't as wrinkly yet, and I think that would definitely take some time, but water could help that. I need to do some testing on the leather sample I have before I do anything drastic, but I am fairly willing to experiment on this jacket. The buttons are different, as all JALs are, but otherwise I think it is pretty spot on. The only other thing that's off in my mind is the custom lining I put in, but I actually really LOVE this lining and I am very happy to have it in there. Big thanks to Rupe for the inspiration!
The final thing I want to mention is the fit. It seems very accurate to me. It also occurred to me that the way the jacket is worn is very dependent on the posture of the person, which could maybe cause some confusion. I think you need to wear this jacket, at least mine, with great posture – shoulders straight and chest pushed out appropriately. I don't always have the best posture, as I think most people don't and I have to wonder if over time this has influenced people's perceptions of the fit.
I have noticed that this addresses a few things: It addresses the length of the sleeves. When worn with the shoulders wider and good posture, the sleeve length is about down to the knuckle. In other positions, the cuff is higher, such as in the iconic image of Brad outside the bar when he has his hands on his hips at the beginning of the movie. During the Raymond K Hessel scene, the length of the sleeves looks longer and the back of the jacket looks to have some room for movement, suggesting he's wearing the jacket looser in the shoulders. Also, this addresses the look that Dan picked up on where the shoulders look a bit wider. This pushes the shoulders of the jacket back a bit. The shoulder pads help a lot with this. And then finally, this also makes the chest more open. When you combine this with the collar folded over, enough chest is exposed.
I'm not sure how well I explained that, but the point is that Brad Pitt's posture has a great effect on the fit of the jacket, which is fairly obvious I guess but I think something that is often overlooked when analyzing the cut of these jackets. Especially since so many people don't have the greatest posture.
Anyway, here are some pics. Thanks to everyone here and at FilmJackets for their input over time, I can't find any stitching that is off. Particular thanks go to Jonathan of course, and AJ for taking the time to be thorough about checking with the screen-used jacket and getting the ball rolling on this idea. Cheers!