Workwear Vests

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Edward, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    As the weather in London is still hellish hot (damn you, Global Warming! <shakes fist and yells at lack of clouds>), I've all but given up hope of ever wearing a proper jacket again... but my thoughts have returned to the workwear vest. Are there any interesting suppliers out there folks are aware of? I like a lot of what RMC do, but for £800 I want leather rather than drill cotton. Really nice leather - and sleeves too! Bronson do some nice stuff, but invariably as their primary customer base is not yet Western, it seems they don't quite yet do "big Irish lad" sizes.... If all I wanted was an MC vest, I'd be grand, but what I'm after is more this sort of thing:

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    Maybe a bit 'sharper', for what I think the kids now call a "smart-casual" look... I do have a sort of sleeveless mc vest I've used for flying in warm climates in the past - very practical, but lacking in finesse if I want to throw it on over a collar and tie at destination.

    Anybody got any leads where this sort of thing might be found affordably? I did go looking for Hepville, but it looks like Bela might have retired the brand, at least his Etsy store is on pause, and the holding message says 'back in 2018'... Anywhere else I can find seems either crazy money or the sizes stop at a 'small 44' .
     
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  2. Canoe

    Canoe New in Town

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    I am happy with the Coronado leather vests that I have bought. They offer a number of different sizes. They have deals running a good portion of the time. I can not say what others experiences may have been. But the price was right and it serves my needs well. If you sign up for their mailer and buy pre-sale the deals seem good. https://coronadoleather.com/collections/vests
     
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  3. Turnip

    Turnip One Too Many

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  4. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots

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    @Edward, Polo has put out a lot of vests inspired by vintage work and sporting wear. The RRL line focuses a lot on vintage inspired work and western wear. They usually release something annually that fits into that category of vest and they turn up on the secondary market quite often. Sometimes pricey but often found far below retail, RRL is one of my favorite brands due to fit and quality with minimal or 0 branding. I have three of their vests, all found for less than $150. A quick search of OFAS produced these examples.
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  5. Fishbutcher

    Fishbutcher New in Town

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    Sugar cane is another Japanese brand with some vests,
    I don’t think prices are in the realm of Real McCoy’s .
    Unsure who would stock Sugar Cane in your neck of the woods, you could try an online search.
    Sugar Cane also makes clothing for Mister Freedom.
     
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  6. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    I’ve got one of these from Pike Bros, very solid bit of kit in the ‘Elephant Skin’ shrugs off welding sparks apparently.

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  7. Davy Crockett

    Davy Crockett A-List Customer

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    Edward,
    You could try the Stuffshanghai eBay shop, although they are small sizing they go up to 7xl, I’m normally an xl which equates to a 4XL in their sizing, they have a good variety of styles but the site takes a bit of trolling through as they have so many products, they are very well priced!

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  8. DCWS2021

    DCWS2021 New in Town

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    Edward,

    Check out this new release by Grease Point Workwear. I just saw this on my IG feed yesterday - they are made to order, with a few week wait time but all of their stuff is super high quality. I own quite a few items by them.

    https://www.greasepointworkwear.com/shop/orchardvest-olive
     
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  9. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Thank-you all very much, a lot of great leads to go on there. I'll check them all out. :)

    @Bamaboots - 'OFAS'! That's one from the old days! I remember when the management got so many queries as to what that was about they asked us all to stop using it! A nice TFL memory from my early days here. :)
     
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