Monday, August 25, 2008

Update on my bomber jacket.

Just came back from Sungai Petani, visiting my parents. Of course I took the opportunity to visit some of the kedai bundle there selling used clothing. I am still hunting for my bomber jacket. One of the bundle shops did actually have a nice Alpha bomber jacket but the size was M and color green. Yikes...I would really like to try to stay away from green. To military like in a way.

There's another shop that I went to. Surprisingly, they do not have any jackets but a bomber pants. Now I really wonder if this is a real article or one of them spin offs you'd find as soon as something gets over popular. Its green as well. rather thick. No way am gonna wear it in Malaysia.

I am focused, so bomber jacket is still what I am looking for. Was very tempted to buy a few pieces of short and shirts but told myself that I gotta stay focused on the bomber jacket or otherwise I am going to forget about it soon.

Now that I am back in KL, have to start planning visits to my favorite joints to find my stash!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Currently looking for Bomber jacket!

Okay...I admit. One of the most difficult item for me (because of my size) is a pair of bomber jacket. Bomber jackets can be found in most kedai bundle but the 'real' ones are not easy to come by. What's so special about bomber jackets?

Well, I am not sure of its actual history but I am sure somehow these where the designs of the original jackets worn by the flying pilots who flew the bomber plans during one of the world wars. Someone once told me that the original ones were mostly made of leather. Famous brands include Avirex and Alpha.

In Malaysia, bomber jackets are popular among the skins and the mods. I am NOT any of them but I think the bomber jackets are unique. They are puffy yet retains that tough look. Oh...also, bomber jackets must have that little patch pocket on the left arm. The pocket patch is zippered and there are two inserts where (as it was told to me) originally used to keep bullets. Cool huh? Also, some bomber jackets are reversible. Below is a sample picture of a bomber jacket I got from ebay. I hope they won't come after me for 'borrowing' this picture.



So...my target? A bomber jacket, preferably not green in color, my size (XL or XXL), brands of either Alpha or Avirex, with the signature left hand patch pocket. Hopefully I will find the plastic bullets that they normally keep in there as well. Zippers of the jacket should either be scovil, ideal or gripper. Budget...I reckon I can get it for less than RM100. My biggest challenge would be more of the size.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt...for sure bundle!

Check this out! I just got this Hawaiian shirt from a 'kedai' bundle shop in Langkawi on a work trip recently. Hawaiian shirts are like a must have, even if you don't have an occasion to wear them to. They are like one of those must have accessories. I have friends who'd think otherwise. They adore Hawaiian shirts as they are cool, sort of like everlasting and gives you this 'relax' kinda of feeling.


Anyway, back to my Reyn Spooner...this brand is NOT common, even in bundle shops. They are sort of like a collector's item, especially among some of the Hawaiian shirt enthusiasts in Japan. Why? Well, to start with, check out the brand label below:




A bit obscene but hey, its unique right? Its 100% made in USA and the overall design to my opinion fits the best 'Hawaiian' shirts criteria around. First is the buttons. Made of coconut shells. These shirts have gotta have its character. Normal buttons won't do it. Coconuts shells are the best, some come with pearl buttons...but i think those are a bit out of place. Check out this shirts button...




Next, we move on to the chest pocket. See if you can spot the pocket in the picture below...



Can't find it? That's because the maker has cut out an identical piece as the background and then sew it on to add the pocket. This is definitely dedicated workmanship mate! The common Hawaiian shirts will just use any patch of the same design to make the pocket. But uh...uh...not on this Reyn Spooner!

Below is the overall picture of the shirt.





But the best is yet to come. Well, at least that is what I think. Know how jeans have redline? Or kepala kain? Well, part of this shirt is made using the start (or end) of the cloth. And I believe it was purposely done that way. Have a look at this picture. Check out the inside folds of the shirt. Notice the while line with the color spots? Those are the end/ start of the cloth. Awesome! I donno about you but I know for a fact that this is not common in all the normal clothes we see in shops anywhere. This is unique. This is special. This is a keeper!