|Length - Front
|Length - Back
Q. What are these measurements?
A. The measurements presented are for the jacket itself as per each
jacket size. Here is a breakdown of where we are generally measuring to get these
Chest: Full circumference, just under the armpit.
Across Shoulders: Starting at the intersection at the top of the shoulder where
it means the sleeve, across the top of the shoulders and back to the opposite
Sleeve Length: From the point used for the above measurement to the wrist, arm
Length - Front: From the top of the center front where the collar meets the body
to the bottom hem of the jacket.
Length - Back: From the center back where the collar meets the body of the
jacket to the bottom hem of the jacket.
Q. Why is the chest measurement bigger than the jacket size?
A. We make our jackets with the intention that they will fit, on average, a
person with a chest measurement equal or close to the jacket size. Our leather doesn't
like to stretch, so it's important that you have some room to move. We call this ease.
Some jackets, based on the way they are intended to fit and move, may have differing eases.
You should not buy a jacket with the same finished chest measurement as your own.
You will not be able to zip it up!
Q. Is .13" that noticeable between sizes?
A. It IS not. The most noteable size change between our jackets is the widths,
not the lengths. .13" can be lost easily in a seam allowance as it is stitched. However,
over multiple sizes these small incremenents across the jacket make a noticeable all over
change. If you have the right size but for the sleeve length, going up a size for .13" in
length is probably not going to make any significant) difference.
Q. Why use the same measurement table for multiple styles?
A. Some of our jackets share the same shell, or basic jacket shape/pieces, as
other styles. The Model B, for example, is also the base for the America jacket and the
House jacket. The measurements are the same, although the graphics options, pockets,
buckles, or other features change between them. We continuously produce new shells and
patterns at Vanson, but new styles with the same shapes sometimes grow out of customer
Q. I measured my jacket and it's different from your chart. Why is that?
A. Our leather, especially our competition weight, is a non-stretch material
sewn, and sometimes cut, by hand. A basic seam allowance is 1/2 of an inch. Our rolled
cuff sleeves are set in place by hammering. There are many places where small variations
in sizing can come into play. It may also be because we are measuring in different
Q. Where's measurements for [XYZ] jacket, pants, or other items?
A. We're a small company and projects like this take time. The hope is that,
little by little, we'll add more measurements to the site until we are up to date. For
sizing inquiries on jackets without measurements, you can always e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: (508)-678-2000.