I promised you a Gisborne Jacket update for today, and here it comes. The lowdown on the iconic jacket – quick and easy in a video
Yeah, I thought it would be quicker to just *tell* you rather than photograph and write.
Well, that wasn’t the case because despite best efforts, there was no way I could film this without getting my ugly mug in the frame. So I had to edit myself out. Frame by frame. Hmph.
But to recap:
The jacket feels like leather, looks like leather and smells like leather. Not pleather or faux leather. The inside is lined with black fabric. All closures are intact and well stitched into the jacket, as are the hook at the collar and the two snap buttons at the waist.
The jacket shows some sign of wearing at the collar inside and out, where the leather is slightly scuffed. The lining also has signs of wearing. It is in remarkably good nick, however, considering that it was in vigorous use for filming. All the piping is intact, as is the inside lining. The jacket does not have any pockets, but a few air holes near the Armpitage, eh… armpit. There are a few creases, presumably caused by keeping the jacket tightly wrapped for storage.
The measurements are:
shoulder – 50cm
sleeve – 70cm
waist – 95cm
ETA: I haven’t weighed the jacket, but on RA’s customs form the weight was given as 3kg (probably including Porter box and outer packaging). It’s probably a bit less than that.
I forgot to address authentication in the video. Besides the tweets posted by Richard himself and referring to his wish to donate an item, I am going to include one of the customs forms that were attached to the parcel I received as means of authentication. (For privacy’s sake I am not posting a picture of it here as it contains both mine and the agency’s address.)The form records “one old leather jacket” (Richard’s words 😂 *tuttuttut*) as the content of the parcel, and it is signed by Richard himself.
The jacket will be carefully packaged and sent to the auction winner in the Mr Porter box that Richard originally dispatched the item in. He evidently wanted to make sure the jacket did not get damaged en route, so I am taking that on board.
If there are any other questions, feel free to leave a comment!
The auction for the Guy of Gisborne jacket will kick off our fundraiser on the afternoon (GMT) of Sunday, 15th August 2021. I will notify you via blog and tweet once the auction is live! Please also watch out for our other fan item auctions from the evening (GMT) of Sunday, 15th August 2021. All auctions will run for 3 days until Wednesday, 18th August 2021, followed by the fixed price sale from Wednesday, 18th August 2021.
For the fundraiser process and the small print, please check yesterday’s post.