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#1 HUTCH

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:26 PM

It may be hot now but before you know it, winter will be settling in once again and many of you will be reaching for your coat. If you have to be cold, you might as well LOOK cool while you're at it. With that in mind, I'm working with a leather coat supplier for a possible custom Grand Sport leather jacket.

I'm going to be the guinea pig here and order one for myself, or pehaps, the VetteVixen (Ms. Patti). If it turns out as nice as the samples I've seen, we'll open it up to a GSR Group Purchase. But I need YOUR help in designing it because I want it to be something totally unique, different from all the other jackets currently on the market.

Basic design elements I'm considering include a dark blue leather, with white stripes running down the right side, a GS or GS emblem over the left breast, red hashmarks on the left sleeve, and a GS, GS emblem, or Corvette lettering on the back. All this will be in inlaid leather, not embroidery. I know we could add "CORVETTE" lettering down the opposite sleeve or other doo dads, but I don't want it to look cluttered.

Not ready for a poll yet, but give me your thoughts on the following basic designs. The supplier I'm considering can literally do ANYTHING and best of, for a VERY reasonable price. And oh yeh, your choice of BLACK or RED lining, too! :cheers:

Excuse my sloppy artwork below. I'm dangerous with Photoshop, but hardly talented. But hopefully you'll get the idea...

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#1. proposed front design w/GS emblem on left breast

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#2. proposed front design w/GS car on left breast

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#3. proposed back design w/GS car inlaid in leather

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#4. proposed back design w/C4 logo and GS emblem inlaid in leather

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#5. proposed back design w/Corvette lettering and GS emblem inlaid in leather

Whatcha think???

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:39 PM

Personally not for me. The NCM sells a black bomber jacket with just the GS emblem on the breast, and it looks great. Set up a GP on that, and let's talk. :cheers:

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:40 PM

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Picture for ya. :cheers:

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 10:51 PM

Personally not for me. The NCM sells a black bomber jacket with just the GS emblem on the breast, and it looks great. Set up a GP on that, and let's talk. :cheers:

We could do that easily enough, Brandt, but not through the NCM. I'm talking much less money here. B)

And I'm still going to order a blue one. B)

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Posted 22 July 2004 - 11:28 PM

I think the blue leather would be very classy and I agree not to make the jacket too cluttered with insignias.

I personally like the 1st, on top, front view, with the GS emblem on the left breast and for the rear view, the 4th one down, with the C4 logo and GS emblem.
The red hashmarks you added on the left sleeve is a nice touch.
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 12:21 AM

What about us RPOs :cheers: I knew I should have painted her blue!! B)
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 12:21 AM

B) Mark took the words right out of my mouth. I also like the rear view with the Corvette script. :cheers:
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Posted 23 July 2004 - 12:10 PM

For the front I like the first view. For the rear both the one with the C4 emblem or the GS car picture look nice. Although if the leather is blue the inlaid GS car picture may blend in too much. Any ballpark estimate on pricing? :yesnod:

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 11:13 AM

Hutch,
I'd be interested if you could set up the GP in the black bomber.

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Posted 23 July 2004 - 12:56 PM

This could be fun.....

Blue leather is cool :yesnod:

White stripe is pretty cool but would need to be thinner outside stripes :cheers:

Red hashmarks, a must have :D

Left Chest, have the car * only and smaller (about 2 1/2 " by 1 1/4 " in perportion )

*a side note, maybe with the targa top off so it would make you vert folks feel beter :)

AND ON THE BACK

Corvette lettering in white ( same lettering as is on the back of our C4's in white, 1 1/4 " high by 14" long) & the Grand Sport fender emblem in silver/red/black just under Corvette lettering (1" high by 10" long) :yesnod:

If this gets to be too much, you can drop the stripe, ( or add it down the right sleeve), drop the car only idea on the left chest and use the same logo as on the back except much smaller. :)




If I think about this a little, I could come up with about a half dozen new ideas. :D

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 02:40 PM

Hey, good ideas, folks. Thanks for the input.

Not even going to talk about price yet, but consider what nice, custom leather jackets cost elsewhere, and divide by 2 as a starter. That should be close. :yesnod:

Brandt, we'll do a GP eventually. At this point, I don't know if they ALL have to be identical anyway. We might be able to get different styles in the same GP.

Simpler is probably better, or at least classier, in some cases. But the owner of a cool car deserves a cool jacket, too. :cheers:

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Posted 24 July 2004 - 08:32 PM

Agreed my friend. :yesnod: :cheers:

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 02:21 PM

Great idea Hutch. I'm not very good with PhotoShop, but here is another idea.
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Posted 01 August 2004 - 03:30 PM

Hutch,

Count me in for a couple of these, one for me and (of course) one for my navigator (wife). for the front I definitely prefer the off side stripe. Down the middle just doesn't quite get it. The hash marks are a must also. From there I like the idea of the car somewhere on the jacket and the C4 logo. The Grand Sport bar is also a must somewhere on the jacket. If you use the word Corvette I think it should be in the C4 font and not the earlier script. The idea of a GS jacket is something that I have been dreaming of and working on my own designs ever since I got my GS. This is definitely a winner!!
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Posted 01 August 2004 - 04:17 PM

This could be fun.....

Blue leather is cool :rolleyes:

White stripe is pretty cool but would need to be thinner outside15{

Red hashmarks, a must have :cheers:

Left Chest, have the car * only and smaller (about 2 1/2 " by 1 1/4 " in perportion )

*a side note, maybe with the targa top off so it would make you vert folks feel beter :)

AND ON THE BACK

Corvette lettering in white ( same lettering as is on the back of our C4's in white, 1 1/4 " high by 14" long) & the Grand Sport fender emblem in silver/red/black just under Corvette lettering (1" high by 10" long) :yesnod:

If this gets to be too much, you can drop the stripe, ( or add it down the right sleeve), drop the car only idea on the left chest and use the same logo as on the back except much smaller. :)




If I think about this a little, I could come up with about a half dozen new ideas. :D

GS#074..... what a great idea there. If you read my quote, we agree 100%. side stripe/red hash marks/grand sport bar/car/c4 logo/C4 font lettering & to emb. our number is good also. Well Hutch, thats 3 sold :D :D

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Posted 01 August 2004 - 09:44 PM

Great ideas so far. Here's mine: Wider centered white stripes on front and back (kind of in proportion to the car) hashmarks on left sleeve and the Corvette lettering embroidered on the back. Grand Sport embroidered on left breast. I guess in general make it look a bit more like the paint job on the car.
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Posted 01 August 2004 - 10:56 PM

They look pretty cool. Looking forward to the final outcome. :rolleyes: :cheers:

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 08:45 AM

I like the first front picture and the first of the back pictures. Maybe add the VIN.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 09:57 AM

A GS leather jacket for a reasonable price would be :cheers: :yesnod: :D. Thanks for looking into this, Hutch!

I like the top front view and like others have mentioned, I think the C4 Corvette font (like on the back of the car) with a GS emblem on the back of the jacket would be a great look.

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Posted 02 August 2004 - 11:14 AM

Thanks for the inpupt, folks. Keep thinking on this and I'll do up a few more proposed designs based on your thoughts and then we'll set up a poll to see which are your favorites.

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