The Mouton Vest is a coat without sleeves ... warm, windproof. Super-warm around the body core and totally eliminates the bulked-up feeling that can be created by the sleeves of a heavy jacket.
Construction is similar to that of our Mouton Jacket. The outside of the Vest is our own FullWeight Merino Jacquard Fabric. The inside of the Vest is lined with the namesake Mouton, an extremely select grade of natural lamb pelt. Less than 1% of American lambs have a fleece that is soft and silky enough to grade out to Mouton. The pelt is tanned and dyed brown (other colors are possible), and trimmed to a uniform 5/8 inch (1.6 cm). The fleece is still attached to the tanned hide, and so in effect there is a third layer -- leather -- in between the Lamb's Fleece and our Fabric.
Inside panels of the Vest are large, solid pieces taken from the centers of the Mouton Pelts. Multiple pelts required to make each Vest
Storm Flap secured by Slot Buttons that covers the Center-Front Zipper
Handwarmer Pockets that are separate from, and behind, the Cargo Pockets. But the Vest can be made with or without Cargo or Handwarmer Pockets, and there are various ways to do the pockets. Pockets are part of customization
This Vest is actually reversible, and some people wear it that way sometimes, but the center-front zipper isn't made for that, and the pockets will then be on the inside
Some features -- pockets, color and visibility of Mouton Fur -- can be customized, and costs will vary
The Mouton Vest is not only seriously warm, but also, because of the leather of the Mouton Pelt, windproof, and just the ticket for low levels of physical activity in cool to severely cold weather. And you can wear the vest in fairly warm temperatures if you do not exert yourself. But if you are really active and start generating any significant heat of your own, the Mouton Vest will likely be too warm, even in temperatures far below freezing. However, you can vent a great deal of heat by opening the front of the Vest. The potential venting of heat is one of the big advantages of a Vest over a coat. It doesn't matter how windy it is, wind will not penetrate the leather. But if you really need to vent some heat, open the Vest and turn into the wind.
The Vest has what is called a stovepipe collar. The collar zips way up high so you can protect your chin and nestle into the jacket up to your nose.
The Collar of the Vest has buttons on the Fabric Side in order to accept either our Double-Hood or our Mouton Hood (also made-to-order, and it's best to order the Hood at the same time as the Vest).
There is a chest pocket, and a second chest pocket can be added. Side pockets can be slash pockets or cargo pockets ... and handwarmer pockets can be added behind the cargo pockets. A wide variety of pockets can be made, but deviating from the standards will be expensive and time-consuming.
Another choice is the extent to which the Mouton Fur shows outside the Vest. Without trimming, the Fur extends slightly beyond the Fabric, so the Fur can be seen above the collar and below the bottom sweep, as shown in the photos.
These Vests are made to Order. Please allow up to two months for delivery. The best way to ensure the proper fit is for us to size the Mouton Vest based on a piece of your own that fits the way you want.
Below are three "detail photos" of the Mouton Vest. The Mouton Fur is not trimmed in these photos, and therefore extends a little bit beyond the Fabric.
The Vest is a few inches longer in back than in front. The Handwarmer Pockets are under, and separate from, the Cargo Pockets. The entire interior of the Vest is lined with ultra-plush MoutonThis picture gives a good sense of both the length of the Vest and the height of the Stovepipe Collar. This Vest does not have the Slot Buttons to attach the Mouton Hood.In the three photos above, the Vest is worn by Alex of WeatherWool.Advisor Chase Burnett (immediately above) wears the Mouton Vest for City and Country, where he lives and works on Revelation Farms. Both Chase and Fazon Gray (@FazonGray), the other gentleman in the main photos at left, are professional models, and both really favor this Vest for wear in their personal lives. Fazon even wears the Mouton Vest to actual fashion shoots! MANY THANKS to @Essence Magazine for a great photo.
Exact pricing will depend upon options, but the basic prices are $1525 up to size 2X. Size 3X is $1600. Larger sizes will need discussion, and may not be possible.