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May 2, 2016 AT 5:54 pm

Review: New American Jackets’ Coats for Cosplay

Once-Upon-A-Time-Jacket 1

Working with leather or faux leather for the first time isn’t an easy prospect. It’s often an expensive material and tough. To cut it, sew it, or otherwise handle it, you’ll probably need special tools and needles. That means it can sometimes be easier to purchase a replica when part of your costume includes a leather jacket. There are more than you might realize in television in film. For example, there’s Han Solo’s jacket and Finn’s jacket in The Force Awakens, Chris Pratt’s vest in Jurassic World, Emma Swan’s coat from Once Upon a Time, Sheriff Grime’s jacket from The Walking Dead — you get the idea. New American Jackets has those and many other replicas available.

They sent me their Emma Swan jacket to check out. The character has worn the red coat since season one. In fact, the origin of the signature piece was just explained in Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time (titled “Firebird”). This design, like many of the others they have in stock, can be used in a costume or paired with an everyday outfit. I’ll definitely be wearing this jacket often. It’s incredibly soft and flexible. It forms to your body when you put it on. The material is sturdy while being lightweight.

The seams are all strong, though I will say the thread is a little thinner than I would expect. However, there aren’t any loose stitches on the interior or exterior of the coat. The lining of the coat is smooth and there’s an inside pocket.

It’s almost an exact match to what Emma wears in the fairy tale series. The color is close and the only real difference I could spot is the bottom pockets on Emma’s jacket are at an angle, while the ones on New American Jackets’ design are straight. It’s a minor change.

Based on my experience with this coat and the high quality, I’d absolutely be up for trying other products made by New American Jackets.

Once-Upon-A-Time-Jacket 2

Disclosure: This jacket was provided for review purposes.


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