Wested offers again Ripley's leather jacket from ALIENS

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Jonesythecat, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Jonesythecat

    Jonesythecat Well-Known Member

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    I was browsing Wested website recently and I noticed that they have brought back the ALIENS leather jacket which for a long time had disappeared from their catalogue for who knows what reason.

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    I wonder if anything in the design has changed from the early 2000 version. Has anyone ordered it? On the website there are only photos from the movie.
     
  2. giangibus

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    yes, I've ordered 2 jackets from Wested.
    I must say that Mr. Botwright is very kind and friendly but unfortunately both my 2 customized jackets are very different from the one we see in the movie. I even sent detailed special requests and pictures to Wested but it seems they're not able to replicate all those special features that set it apart from a standard A2 flight jacket. (epaulettes must not be sewn flat for example, bi-swing back, chest and arm pockets, low profile collar, missing leather facings etc.).
    I guess that they made several jackets for Miss Weaver at that time because there are a few noticeable differences in some scenes. I ordered a third jacket now, I will let you know...











     
  3. Jonesythecat

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    Can you post photos of your jackets?
     
  4. giangibus

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    Sure, I will post some pictures tomorrow ;)


     
  5. giangibus

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    these are the jackets. The first two photos are from the standard Wested Ripley jacket. The last two photos are from a modified A2 jacket, because I thought it was better to modfiy a standard Wested A2 than buy again their Ripley's version. I was wrong by the way...

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  6. Jonesythecat

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    Thank you for the pictures. Still no back strip eh? Ahh!
     
  7. giangibus

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    no, unfortunately, even If I've sent them detailed special requests, pictures etc.!
    I'm still waiting for the third one but I decided not adding epaulettes and chest/arm pockets this time because they always go wrong with these details (epaulettes always sewn flat for example, arm and chest pockets far away from the ones we see in the movie, no leather facings, lack of bi-swing back and back strip etc.) :sick

     
  8. giangibus

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    sorry , the first 2 photos are from the modified A2 Jackets...
     
  9. Jonesythecat

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    Sadly another "original" jacket that doesn't look original at all. *
     
  10. Risu

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    This is disappointing. I was really hoping they could do it justice, although I'm not surprised given my past experiences with Wested. It's hard to see the details in the movie, can anybody post some good pictures of the screen worn jacket? I might have a go at making my own.
     
  11. Jonesythecat

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    The film is pretty dark but still most of the details show up pretty nicely at some point. When I've got some time I could take HD screengrabs
     
  12. Risu

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    I'd really appreciate that. I can't play the movie in HD until I get some replacement RAM. Just lags like crazy and ruins the movie.

    Also, just thought I'd mention that another member was selling his Ripley Wested in the junkyard recently and it looked even less accurate than either of the ones posted in this thread. No action pleats, no hand warmers, and it was Indy jacket colored.
     
  13. Jonesythecat

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    Then they wonder why people doubt about Wested involvement in the movie costume business.
    They were the actual manufacturers for the first three movies (I got confirmation of this from someone who actually worked on the costumes for the films) but they probably didn't dig out any original template for this replica, they're just reproducing them as any other jacket-maker would do, by having a look at pictures (and not even too well), the base is still an Indiana Jones jacket, clearly.

    The pity is that some details on the film jacket are so typically Wested that probably other companies will never get them right. However, I always hope for a good-priced replica from some fan who's crazy for accuracy.
     
  14. giangibus

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    Hello Jonesy!

    I just received the third jacket today. It seems a little closer to the original, even the leather grain is smoother now, maybe it's a different kind of leather? The collar is still too high, it's even higher then the previous 2 jackets!! It measures about 10 cm now (3,90 inches) even If I was very specific about that because I wanted it to be about 2,30/ 2,40 inches high...! It even lacks of double stiching around the whole collar's lenght. I can't believe it. :facepalm As you can see no epaulettes or chest/arm pockets because I decided to ask a tailor to do those things. Let me know what you think...

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  15. Risu

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    Is that the correct style for the back? I could have sworn it was just the rounded shoulder pleats, with no vertical pleats or that belt. There's a shot when Ripley wakes up under the bed when the alien has been set free, she runs to the door and in the blu-ray the back of the jacket is lit just barely well enough to see a little detail. I didn't see any of that stuff.
     
  16. giangibus

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    Hi, here are some pictures, I noticed that Miss Weaver's jacket has padded shoulders, am I right?:

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  17. giangibus

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    I watched that scene about 50/60 times in blu-ray but I can't make a screen grab unfortunately. Here are some standard dvd grabs, I hope I can help you...

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  18. Risu

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    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, and especially with all those great shots!

    So I ended up buying a pair of Reebok 6600 shoes on ebay, they're still available in a few sizes now. The soles are basically correct, but I'll have to remake the uppers using the originals as a pattern, with modifications of course. I've also just now bought a jacket on ebay that is basically perfect, just the patch pockets are a bit larger than hers and of course it doesn't have the sleeve and breast pockets. The epaulettes, hand warmers, and back are all a really good match.

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    What do you think? I may replace all the ribbing down the line, as it looks a bit flimsy. Not the hardest fix in the world, though. I'll probably take care of that when I open it up to add the extra pockets. I agree that Weaver's jacket appeared to have shoulder pads, and I think this one might as well.
     
  19. Orlansolo

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    Hi all, I'm new here.
    I have had some experiences with Wested. For several years I have ordered several jackets from them and I must say that I have detailed specifications that they don't always do. Don't know why .... But a few weeks ago I received from them a Rocketeer jacket in which they specify the height of the jacket and I adding the straps on the cuffs, sending them photos of all the details. And the jacket was correct unless I get cuffs. I send an email telling them that did not add this, since in the mail I had received of them told me that there was no problem, and they could do this for me. Wested response, we do not do the jacket with straps on the cuffs.
     
  20. Jonesythecat

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    They forgot the epaulettes? And the extra pockets. Oh come on! :facepalm
    For the rest, this is probably the most screen accurate Aliens jacket I've seen coming out of Wested.
    So is this their new standard or what?
     
  21. Risu

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    Wested is a notoriously terrible vendor. It's sad really. I was over in the UK last year and got fitted for a jacket, gave them all the specs and everything, and the jacket I ended up getting was a massively oversized piece of crap. Their Indy jackets have improved from hundreds of fans nitpicking them until it became easier for them to listen than blow us off, but the rest of their work is frankly garbage. For a shop where only a few people do all the work in house, their QC is the worst.
     
  22. giangibus

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    The jacket is quite closer to the real thing as I can see. You could replace the ribbing and it should be fine. It's very frustrating trying to make an exact replica I know, nobody seems interested in making it the correct way unfortunately. Wested Ripley's jacket is no accurate at all so I decided to ask them to modify a standard A2 jacket but they always make it their own way. :confused
    I also purchased original Reebok Alien Stomper a few years ago and BB6600. I hope one day Reebok will make the same ultra high-top sneakers used by Ripley! :D


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  23. Risu

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    Are those two pairs of shoes the same size? It could just be the picture, but they look different. You've got a PM headed your way.
     
  24. giangibus

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    This is basically a modified A2 jacket because the Wested Ripley's jacket is everything but the one we see in the movie.
    Wested Ripley's jacket storm flap is even placed on the wrong side (on my right side)!! Maybe because it's a woman's jacket? Who knows... So I went for a fully customized jacket and I guess it's the best way to solve this problem.

     
  25. Risu

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    The storm flap placement is actually a British thing. The Indy jacket is the same way. It feels right to me, because I unzip the jacket with my right hand, and if the flap was the other way I'd have a hard time grabbing it.
     
  26. giangibus

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    They are almost the same size, BB6600 are a little higher
    Alien Stomper is UK 7
    BB6600 is UK 6,5


    Sorry, what's a PM?

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  27. Risu

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    A private message, your inbox is in the upper right corner, right under where it says "Welcome, giangibus."
     
  28. Jonesythecat

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    You weirdos! :lol
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    Yeah, it's the same story with the Indiana Jones jacket. Buyers from America complains about the zipper placement forgetting that these films were all shot in the UK with costumes made in the UK.
    It's not just a British thing though, the whole Europe has the zipper the way British jackets have.
     
  29. Risu

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    Honestly I don't know why we have it the way we do. It's not like all Americans are left-handed.
     

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