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    CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum



    You can always improve a good thing...

    Finally, after developing and making our version of this particular jacket, we’ve been able to complete this quest that started 5 years ago.

    And that was all thanks to the priceless collaboration of a friend that we met on this journey for accuracy…a fan…a nut obsessed-in-details, fellow gear head, Stefan Hills. There is only so much that can be gleamed from still images, and behind the scenes photographs. And though we got as close as possible, we could never come full circle without him and the valuable information he shared with us.

    But one question remained, how close is the version of the Last Crusade Jacket we made (aka the Cazadora 38’) when compared to what was created for production?

    Then, what always seemed impossible, turned real. Stefan was able to get us into the vault and as a result Steele & Jones were granted a private viewing by the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. To the very same place where the museum stores all non-exhibited props, and had our chance to study the jacket in person.

    With our current jackets in hand, we were able to collect and document all the information one can never get by examining pictures and studying patterns and checking measurements.

    We could now get a proper feel for the screen jacket. Determine the thickness of the leather and how it moves, weigh it, re-measure it. As a result we made a few more discoveries that were hidden away about this jacket with regards to construction and lining.

    Upon examination we were able to see first hand how the overall jacket was constructed and the methods which were used to distress it.This viewing made it also possible to accurately trace some patterns of specific parts like pockets as accurately as possible. We got insight on the true colour of the different parts of the material and hardware used.

    We brought along a couple of current jackets to make direct comparisons, and double check where necessary changes would have to be made. What really surprised us is how close, without having any access to all this inside information, was our current Cazadora 38 jacket, which at the time was about 90-95% accurate. Not bad for creating our jacket from scratch.

    And without further adieu, we hope you enjoy the end result of 5 years of development…a true and exact replica of the Last Crusade jacket for you the Indy fans to enjoy! Even though most of us wanted a Last Crusade jacket back in May of 1989, here we are almost 30 years later...better late than never.

    Made by fans, for the fans!

    Steele & Jones + Stefan Hills



















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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    WOW!!! What an awesome experience that would have been! Just curious if you were able to try it on to feel how it fits - was it tight in certain areas etc...
    You must have a TON of pictures! Was it size 42?? Just curious LOL.
    I guess that means you'll have the most accurate jacket on the market. I wonder how close Wested's Hero LC is in comparison? I thought I was done buying jackets for awhile...but maybe not!
    Crazy how close you were to the original. I'm very impressed. You should be proud of that achievement. CONGRATS!!!

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Thanks Ram Man!

    I can safely say we have the most accurate LC jacket replica, EVER!
    Up to the most tiny little detail.

    I don't know how close is the Wested LC HERO, I've never see it in person.

    Yes, we have many, many, MANY pictures.
    There was no wearing. (curator present at session)
    But every single measurement....weight....leather thickness....color palette....thread color....hardware analysis....true original lining.....etc...etc, was done.

    The jacket is something between 40 and 42.
    It's custom, of course. To Harrison Ford 1988's body proportions.

    Cheers.-

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Such an incredible experience! So excited and envious for you. Can quite make out the label. Does it read Berman’s and Nathan’s. Curious about the thickness and softness of the leather and the back length from back of collar. Lining looks like a dark brown. In any case, will have to check out your leather options available. What is the leather of the jacket you used in the comparison photos.

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Quote Originally Posted by neutronbomb View Post
    Such an incredible experience! So excited and envious for you. Can quite make out the label. Does it read Berman’s and Nathan’s. Curious about the thickness and softness of the leather and the back length from back of collar. Lining looks like a dark brown. In any case, will have to check out your leather options available. What is the leather of the jacket you used in the comparison photos.
    Hi NB!

    Thanks for your words.

    Here is what you requested:

    LABEL


    LEATHER:
    It's thick Lambskin. 0.9/1.0 mm thickness.
    Soft/tender to touch. Very pliable.
    Dark Chocolate color palette. Not too much dark. (lighter than what's seen on screen....as ussual)
    Heavily distressed....really bad. In some places, it was sandpaper too hard, that removed the upper layer of the skin.

    BACK LENGHT:
    25.5" - no collar stand


    We offer our replica (comparison jacket) on our "Chocolate Premium Horsehide"
    Color it's a match. Distressing undertones too.
    Thickness it's the same, and also the total weight of the jacket. (we weighted the original one)
    The only thing our skins are different is in the touch.
    Our leather it's "rougher", so to speak, to the touch. Wich is logical, horsehide are among the tougher skins for garment.
    This replica jackets will last a lifetime.

    We've try to get that specific kind of thick lambskin, with no luck.
    All you find today it's too thin.
    We keep looking, but not a priority at all.

    Cheers.-

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Quite impressive, congrats !!! Is there a webpage for the 38 ?

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazim View Post
    Quite impressive, congrats !!! Is there a webpage for the 38 ?
    Hi Kazim!
    Thanks!

    If you mean by webpage for the 38, in our site, than no. We must update our webpage with all the new info, etc.

    Thing is, we have no time to do it. But, we are working on it.

    Cheers.-

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    Re: CAZADORA '38 - It Belongs in a Museum

    Ok, its good that there are top men on it !!!

 

 

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