Howdy - Chris here from Union Garage. Sckill mentioned this thread and I thought I'd chime in.
@Detale - thanks for starting it! I don't know if you've stopped by or tried stopping by yet, but we're running on super reduced winter hours. BUT - I am also 5 minutes from the shop and we've been opening up by appt whenever we can. Happy to do so. Will be here 11-5 tomorrow/Saturday, and we're going to pick up a Thur-Sun schedule soon here. (closed Mon/Tues/Weds)
"Tre Chic" Ha - Indeed! Quick explanation - the "exclusive
" bit comes from the fact REV'iT! only brought in a smattering of their so-called urban line. The Opera was not slated to be sold in the U.S. but we really wanted to bring it in so we put in a big order to make it happen. We also brought in another jacket from outside the line (another "exclusive") called the Monti. It looks a bit odd with the extra padded liner collar in this photo but packs in nicely, or lost the liner altogether.
I look at it like this: The Opera is what Don Draper would wear. The Monti is a little less "dressy" but still gets away with motorcycle functionality without looking like it. It's just a solid anonymous black jacket. Both have CE Level 1 armor and can take a back protector. They also both have a "Hydratex LITE" breathable/waterproof membrane. So they're nominally waterproof, but given these are part of the urban line, and that they cost a fraction of a gore-tex jacket, they're not monsoon proof. But they both should keep you warm and dry if you catch some rain on your commute.
BTW, @Andrewebay1 -- Hipsters? no way! Hipster ground-zero is a few miles north in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The opera is more banker than hipster. I prefer to think of it more as "baller" though. But definitely great for taking a date out. Note the high hand warmer pockets that double as passenger pockets
For the record, this is what a hipster "motorcycle" jacket looks like ("Religion" tissue-paper leather fitted jacket - with beard, of course):
re: $1200 Belstaff jackets -- couldn't agree more. That's a travesty. Gorgeous jackets but $1200 for something with no abrasion resistance is a tough sell.
Read more on the subject here: UnionGarageNYC.com/blog/saying-goodbye-to-belstaff
Update on our screed against Belstaff: they went and updated their line for 2013 and we have to eat a little humble pie. They've added waterproofing and d3o armor. Which is great. They're still $1200. Boo.
The Melville (or women's Gracia version) have been great sellers for us and only cost $300. (Opera costs $375; Monti is $360)
Also for we carry a lot more than just the urban line. We've got REV'IT!'s full-on Gore-Tex Defender jacket and pants (bombproof around-the-world gear already endorsed in this thread), (real) leather jackets from Schott and Lost Worlds, boots from Sidi, REVIT, Stylmartin and TCX, and way too many gloves for a store this size. The full website store should be up soon. We've been limping along on a landing page and temporary blog. And Facebook.
@Sckill thanks again for pickup up the jacket. let me know how it works out and I'll let you know about the spring kick-off event we really need to get around to planning. Anyone else in the area interested shoot a PM or email and we'll get you on the mailing list.
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