MotivMFG is headed by Samuel Wei, founder of Radiance Blue and the pioneer of the heritage market in China; and Daniel Gu, a third-generation tailor and designer. Together, they combine old-world tailoring (from various antique European manuals) with workwear production techniques. Constant research into garment production techniques around the world informs their design, with the goal of creating “recreations” rather than “reproductions”
The Fencing Down Vest was inspired by utilitarian fencing jackets (like, worn for the sport with swords) from the early 1900s. Based on an original 1920s pattern, Motiv have tweaked and updated the concept, adding small details throughout to give a more tailored fit and defined shape. Featuring a stand collar, adjustable elasticated half belt, diamond knit quilting, and two comfortable hand pockets, it's shocking versatile and easy to wear all year long if desired - layering easily both under or over whatever you want.
Made from a 100% undyed wool, loomed by Marling & Evans Mills in England, the variation in color and tone is achieved by hand selecting differently colored natural wools before production, giving the fabric a remarkable amount of character and tonal variety. Clocking in at a respectably heavyweight 500gsm, this is a tightly woven fabric with excellent drape and insulation. It's trimmed with a distressed cotton canvas for a bit of additional sturdiness and reinforcement around the edges.
Fits true to size. Spot clean or dry clean only.
- 100% wool
- Natural undyed wool serge fabric from Marling & Evans in England
- 500gsm fabric weight
- 100% cotton distressed canvas trims
- Tonal buttons
- Covered zip placket
- Stand collar
- Adjustable elasticated half belt
- Two hand pockets
- Quilted body
- Natural leather zip pull
- Fits true to size
- Dry clean only or spot clean
- Custom labels
- Produced by MotivMFG in Beijing