This is yet another stylish, utilitarian item of clothing from the Buzz Rickson William Gibson Collection. The outer shell is crafted from a superb back satin and the inner fill is 100% spun polyester of the same type used in manufacturing the famous U. S. Army M-65 Field Jacket removable liners, making this vest is an ideal winter companion for wear on its own over shirts or sweaters, or as an extra layer of high insulation under a jacket.
William Gibson items, especially this vest, are available in limited quantities; though no one sells more than we do, they still tend to sell out more quickly than any other Buzz Rickson item, especially in the larger sizes. Please note the following features found on this Buzz Rickson William Gibson masterpiece:
- Copy of a vintage maker’s label design produced on a vintage shuttle loom
- Custom manufacturing of a superb back satin in black using vintage looms
- Two snap-down exterior pockets bar tacked on corners for extra strength
- Two snap-down interior pockets bar tacked on corners for extra strength
- Exact copy of a vintage CONMATIC zipper in nickel plate with zip tape made of all-cotton HBT fabric, not incorrect poly-cotton
- Leather pull tab on zipper designed for easy functioning with gloves
- Custom manufacturing of the correct, two-ply, 100% worsted-wool knit collar in black
- Two-position adjustment tabs on lower back of vest for keeping vest secured close to the body
- Assembly using vintage sewing machines
Even sizes 38-42 Regular. Please see our SIZING TIPS for advice on how to get the correct fit.
Buzz Rickson goods are imported from Japan
Buzz Rickson William Gibson Cold-Weather Vest, Black
About this Style: This is a very comfortable, light-weight vest that provides excellent insulation against the cold whether worn on its own or as an extra layer under a jacket. The closer this is worn to the body, the greater the insulation will be, but it should not be worn so close as to be skin tight, which will actually reduce the vest's warming potential.
Tip 1: Follow the instructions entitled “How to Use Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit” listed under the PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS tab for this product. After finding no substantive conflicts with your body measures obtained from the tab entitled BODY MEASURING, order this garment with no less than 2” of room in excess of your chest measure if you prefer a trim-yet-comfortable fit; if your chest measures 42”, you’ll want to order this vest in a size measuring no less than 44” in external circumference. If you prefer a roomier or longer fit, then order the next available size after reviewing all relative measures that pertain to that size.
Tip 2: Please note that your chest circumference measure is not necessarily the labeled size you wear in another garment you may own from a different maker or even the same maker, so please take the time to obtain your true chest circumference measure so as to compare to our chart of measures; this will enable us to perform a better job getting you the right size and minimize your chances in having to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanges.
Please ask us for fitting advice if in doubt.
Tip 3: Individuals who prefer looser fits and/or those with a waist measure that is nearly equal to or greater than their chest circumference measure may jump up one size in this vest for comfort and desired fit (when we refer to waist measure we do not mean your trouser size; we mean the actual circumference measure of your waistline at its widest point). If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Height, waist circumference measure, chest circumference measure and body weight, as well as the type of fit you prefer: Trim, roomy or oversized.
Buzz Rickson William Gibson Cold-Weather Vest, Black
The following table provides actual product measures. These measures are provided as an aid because, in conjunction with the information found under the SIZING TIPS tab for each product, they can sometimes be very useful when comparing the measurements from this garment to the measures of your body; however, acting as an armchair tailor should be done with caution, as well as with knowledge of other important areas of fit that are not displayed here. Armchair tailors frequently fail to take into account other significant elements that impact fit; following our SIZING TIPS for each garment on this web site is strongly suggested, which can be very useful in supplanting or supplementing the listed measures below.
Our measures were derived from averaging many garments of the same size from each specific size in the range of any given product, thus the measures provided are representative for each size but they may not be exactly what you will receive. Some fluctuation in size is normal and to be expected, especially in these garments that have been manufactured on vintage machinery using natural fibers; the vintage machinery and techniques that create sought-after looks and fabrics are also less precise than machines contemporary to the current era.
How to Use the Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit:
1) Using the measurements listed for this product, and information found under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS so as to understand our measuring technique, please double the chest measure of this product to obtain the total external chest circumference of this garment. For example: If the chest measure listed for size 40 is 22”, doubling this measure yields a 44” external chest circumference.
2) Measure your chest circumference as per the tab on this web site specifically addressing BODY MEASURING, then compare your chest measure to the chest measure of this product.
3) Many garments are cut in such a way that the wearer requires no less than 2” of room in the vest for a sleek fit that is also comfortable, while other vest styles require the wearer to have more than 6” of room. If your chest circumference is 40”, a product with a 22” chest width has a 44” external chest circumference and would provide 4” of external room in this scenario (chest measures 40”, external chest measure of vest is 44”, thus 4” of external room would be realized).
4) If desired, repeat the measuring comparisons for back length and/or shoulder width.
5) Compare your body measures to the listed garment measures and follow our listed SIZING TIPS specific to this product to obtain a good fit.
IMPORTANT: Because you need room in a garment for comfort, garments with a 44” chest circumference are NOT a size 44, nor are they intended for anyone with a 44” chest circumference. Tee shirts and thermal shirts tend to have the most body-hugging fits of our product offerings because these were originally intended to be undergarments, thus these can be ordered to stretch to fit if that is how you wish to wear such garments. Other shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, etc. will all have some amount of room incorporated in their designs, thus these will all measure larger than your actual chest measure by varying degrees.
Sometimes-Problematic Way to Determine a Good Fit:
Due to differences in how even near-identical garments are cut by different manufacturers, it is not necessarily a good idea to compare the listed measures of this product to the measures of an existing, similar product in your wardrobe to determine the correct size to order in this product. Though such comparisons can indeed work some of the time, and maybe even most of the time, vast experience with and knowledge of the products we market has proven such practices will sometimes fail. This inaccurate measuring methodology doesn't factor in other key variables of fit relative to you and the garment that includes: Armhole opening, shoulder slope, high-point shoulder, high chest, width of sleeves at all points including the all-important elbow, waist measure, and the thickness, plumpness, and rigidity of the material the garment is made from, naming just some variables influencing fit that do not appear on any list of measurements for a garment or that a customer is likely to account for.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab to obtain a good fit.
A Good Fit:
This is highly subjective - what one person may think is too big, another may think fits perfectly. Some garments are cut quite generously and others are cut quite trimly. If comparing measurements of one of our products to another you may own, some individuals will surely find that none or maybe only one area of measure is commonly shared or remotely close to being the same. Ultimately, chest measure is the most important area to properly fit, then all other areas of measure will have to fall into place. And some individuals who are extremely tall may find that body and/or sleeve length are more important to accommodate than even chest measure.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow our listed SIZING TIPS specific to this product to obtain a good fit in this style.
We strive to create a crisp fit between our products and the customer, and not a loose, sloppy look. If you prefer your clothing to fit more loosely, then we will do our best to work with you to that end, though, by the very nature of our product designs and fits it may not be possible to duplicate the slack looks found in many mainstream clothing brands even if you go up one or two sizes in our products.