The COTTON/NYLON HOODED DOWN JACKET, takes cues from an original design, with initial development dating back to the the 1940s, custom-built for a team of American expeditioners 1953 attempt to climb K2 (The Savage Mountain).
Due to its high heat retention capabilities, the Down Jacket was soon adopted by other explorers and adventure teams looking to conquer some of the world's harshest terrains.
Constructed of a 60/40 cotton nylon shell with tear-resistant nylon ripstop lining and French duck down insulation.
Other details of note are the two-tone zip, with brass teeth and aluminium finished sliders, accompanied by a leather pull tab. The concealed side pockets are fleece lined for exceptional comfort and warmth. Off-white drawstrings adjust the waist, hem and hood.
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Starting in WWI, the British Army began issuing insulated Jerkins to troops to allow warmth without sacrificing mobility. It was worn mainly as a layered garment over field uniforms and other military gear. Many photographs exist of even U.S. Soldiers wearing the leather Jerkin during this time, a testament to its desirability.
The WWI JERKIN VEST is made of Horsehide leather with a vegetable-tanned aniline finish. This edition is particularly true to the vintage examples, with intentional variety in the hide for different aspects of the vest and asymmetry in the pattern. The construction is based on a single-machine concept, respecting the tradition of how a garment like this would have been made in the period, without over-engineering, modern techniques or hardware.
The buttons, which feature hand-cut leather backings, secure in an oversized buttonhole. As soldiers maintained their Jerkins, the buttons would often be replaced with different sizes, allowing the jacket to sit in a more relaxed way on the body and making the vest easier to put on and take off in cold weather.