The Mouton Jackets are bespoke pieces ... made to order, often made to custom size, and the features can be customized in almost any way you like.
The Mouton Jacket is seriously warm and incredibly luxurious. You won't be cold in this Jacket. Wind is nullified. The Mouton Jacket is designed for low levels of activity in temperatures ranging from cool to murderously cold. The Mouton Jacket is fine for tooling around urban settings and also works great for snowmobiling, ball games and frigid sits in the field.
The exterior of these Jackets offers our FullWeight Jacquard Merino Fabric, and the interior of the entire torso and neck is lined with ultra-plush Natural Mouton pelts. (Mouton is essentially the highest grade of Shearling.) The center of one pelt is used for the back panel (or just the center of the back panel for large sizes), and the centers of two more pelts for the side panels. Larger sizes will require more pelts. Sleeves are doubled FullWeight Fabric. Wind is completely blocked by the leather of the Mouton Pelts.
The front zipper, as usual, is a serious double zipper from YKK. The front zipper goes all the way up the stove pipe collar, so you can hide about half your face inside the Jacket if you need to. At the top of the zipper channel is a small woolen tab that will keep a frigid zipper from contacting your skin. And the zipper itself is protected by a button-down storm flap ... for several reasons:
the storm flap seals out wind and helps keep the zipper warm ... this is important because zippers that are rated below -20F/-30C don't seem to exist!
the storm flap prevents wind-driven rain or sleet from freezing the zipper
should the zipper somehow fail, the storm flap will still enable complete closure of the Jacket
the storm flap is much more in keeping with the elegance of the Jacket than is an exposed zipper
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 Jacket. 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 Jacket. For example, in the photo below, the Fur extends slightly beyond the Fabric, so the Fur can be seen above the collar and below the bottom sweep:
Some customers have requested the Mouton be trimmed a little so it does not come out from underneath the Jacket.
The extra layer of wool shown on the forearms in the picture above is also optional.
The Mouton Jackets are bespoke pieces. Feel free to order this Jacket online to get things under way, but we'll need to talk with you a little. We'll also need very careful measurements to make sure we get the size right, and we ask, if at all possible, that you send one of your own jackets to match for sizing. Please allow a month or so to complete the Jacket. If you are interested in the Mouton Hood, it is suggested to order it at the same time to ensure an exact color match.
Wow! It really doesn't matter how cold and windy conditions are. Wind cannot penetrate the torso and collar because of the leather of the Mouton Pelt, which can't be seen but surely makes its presence felt. The Mouton is 5/8 inch (1.6 cm) of high-loft lamb's wool, which traps a tremendous amount of air, creating enormous insulation. And our FullWeight Fabric on the outside adds even more insulation and warmth.
Our Mouton pieces have been tested under extreme conditions. The US Army and Navy built Ice Camp Sargo on the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean, 200 miles North of Alaska. They reported to us that temps of -20F/-29C and worse, with wind chill of -50F/-46C are no problem for the Mouton garments.
The picture below shows a closeup of the zipper and storm flap. Please note that we are now using Slot Buttons instead of snaps.
One of the defining characteristics of WeatherWool Fabric is breathability, which is vital for a garment designed for active wear. The Mouton pieces, including this Jacket, are NOT designed for active wear. Because the leather of the Mouton pelt is windproof, this Jacket does not breathe. Therefore, even in extremely low temperatures, you need to be very careful not to overheat, which will immediately cause moisture to build up inside the Jacket. Riding, sitting and strolling are fine.
Again, please understand these Jackets are Made to Order, with customized features, so we'll need to work together some to get it done exactly right.
--- Thanks --- Ralph
Seriously plush Mouton Lining
Closeup of the Mouton Jacket in Solid Duff Color
BINGO!!! It's really great during development when we feel like THIS IS IT! And this was one of those moments. I love Debby's image in the mirror, too.
Closeups of the Stove-Pipe Collar and Optional Mouton Hood
Here is the Mouton Jacket in Solid Drab Color. This photo shows the extra length in the back. Also shown is one of the optional types of pockets. In this picture is a cargo pocket with flaps, and a hardwarmer pocket underneath the cargo pocket. The standard design has no cargo pockets, and slash handwarmer pockets.
The CUTTER'S MUST presents the information the Tailors need to put the Jacket together.