Get to know more about Quilted jackets. It's history, styling and quality hallmarks you should look for when you buy one.
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Get to know more about quilted jackets. Their different styles, materials, history and what you have to look out for when you buy one.
What exactly is quilt? Quilting means that you have two layers of fabric that are held together by rows of stitches. Sometimes you have a third material between the layers which is called the padding material.
Quilting became really popular in the 17th century but basically, it has been around since the middle ages. Oftentimes, it was used as an under armor to make it more comfortable for knights to wear.
A quilted jacket today has the same characteristics; it's lightweight, it is really insulating and it is waterproof when it's rained on. Technically, the advantage and insulating properties of quilted jackets come from the trapped air chambers in between the quilting and that really helps to make you feel warmer and insulate you better while you don't add any weight.
An American by the name of Steve Guylas invented quilted jackets. He was in the military, he moved to UK and he was inspired by horse blankets to keep horses warm and so he created a jacket. First, it was actually a shooting jacket, it was rather simple, was all made of polyester and polyamide and was cut very boxy.
Initially, it came in only two colors, in pale olive green and navy. So, if you want a very classic quilted jacket, these are the first colors you should look at. Steve started his company and named the company Husky.
Over time, he added more colors, he added the corduroy collar, It has two angled patch pockets. This feature has remained until today and it's oftentimes very practical to have big pockets when you're hunting, fishing or when you do any other outdoor activity.
The original husky jacket was made of nylon with a hundred percent polyester so don't shy away because of the material composition.
Basically, it is a single breasted jacket with five snap buttons which are very sturdy, you can open them, close them and you also have the same snap buttons on the back where we have two at the vent. It just helps to keep the sleeve very narrow to prevent any wind from coming in. Basically, these are all the hallmarks of the original jacket.
Now, when it comes to sizing, usually, they're cut a little roomier, a little boxier and Italian made jackets tend to be a little slimmer than English made jackets so always keep that in mind and try to figure out the measurements of your jacket rather than the standard sizing, otherwise, you may get a cut that's a little less flattering or less roomy, depending on what your preference is.
The goal is to have a decently fitting jacket that is slightly shorter than the peacoat but longer than a jacket so you can wear it over your tweed sportcoat or even a suit coat if you have to but generally, it's more of a country garment and therefore, it's great for everything casual, tweedy and rough wools.
You may wonder, what kind of quilted jacket you should buy and you would want to go with the original jacket but unfortunately, the Husky company was sold to an Italian company so it's no longer the original thing.
Traditional ones are oftentimes the ones you find in England and there are several brands, there are some from Italy, which have a more modern fit. You'll also find them in the US. Price wise, you can actually find them new starting at a hundred dollars.
For more features, better materials, you spend about 250 - 300 of course, that also depends on the brand you have but if you're on a budget, you can try to find them on eBay or second hand starting at maybe 20, 25 -30 dollars. Overall, great value for what you get.
Over time, sometimes the quilting may come off but frankly, that does not really matter, it just gives your garment character and if it looks frumpy or anything, you'll just get a new one.
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