The Mouton Vest is a coat without sleeves ... warm, windproof. Super-warm around the body core and totally eliminates the bulked-up feeling that is sometimes created by the sleeves of a heavy 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, 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 (The Lynx Pattern Mouton Vest in these pictures was made prior to our switch to Slot Buttons)
Handwarmer Pockets that are separate from, and behind, the Cargo Pockets
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
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 (made-to-order, give us a call please if you want one!).
There is a chest pocket, and a second chest pocket can be requested optionally. 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.
We can also make a Mouton Hood to pair with the Vest. The Mouton Hood will also be made to order, and, normally, would button onto the back of the collar, and therefore can be removed whenever you'd like. We can also make an integral hood, but we would need to work this out with you.
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.
These Vests are made to Order. Please allow up to 2 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. Some customization of pockets and other features, such as length, can be discussed.
Additional charge for sizes larger than 2X.
Here are a few more pictures of the Mouton Vest. Please note these pictures were taken prior to our switch to Slot Buttons.
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 CollarOur friend Chase Burnett wears the Mouton Vest for City and Country