Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 24 reviews
24 of 24 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Just beautiful -
By: Newie52 from Ontario, Canada
I am completely delighted with this vest. The colours meld beautifully, allowing it to be worn with a variety of outfits. It is a piece of art as well as a piece of very practical clothing.
Very attractive vest/jacket -
The jacket/vest arrived promptly and is very attractive. It will enhance any outfit that I will pair it with, pants, a skirt, or a dress. I would recommend it to anyone of any age.
Nicest vest ever -
By: topit from Carman, MB, Canada
Top 1000 Contributor
I have been looking at this vest for a long time--craving it! I finally bought it & am so happy with it. Can be worn winter or summer. The comments about the vest are----- "Where did you find such a beautiful vest".--- "Look at all the colours, it will go with anything."
Beautiful Vest!! -
By: Trishtoes711 from Royal Oak, MI
The colors in this vest are absolutely stunning and the fact that you get 2 vests in one is a real plus. The fit is perfect and I can't wait until spring so I can wear it. I'm sure I'll get quite a bit of use out of it.
Pretty vest -
By: jodean from Arlington, VA
I've wanted to get this vest for a while and finally did. It certainly met my expectations in terms of style and appearance. It's flattering and useful. I would have to comment though on the workmanship: overall it's good, but in sections the batting was coming out and the threads ends had not been trimmed properly. I expect a higher quality from Orvis and especially at the the price for the vest.
fabulous reversible vest -
By: elmfarm from Francestown, NH
Over the years I have purchased several vests from Orvis and this one ranks right up at the top with the others. I like to dress it up or down. One block color or floral provides many choices. In new england it is wonderful to keep your core a little toastier spring, winter and fall.
Gorgeous treat -
By: Aliwali from Fort Mill, SC
Saw this floral reversible vest in the catalog and loved it at first site. I rarely buy things for myself and showed it to my husband and he insisted I purchase it. It looks great - both sides and even my 2 teenage boys think it is "cool". It is well made, even down to the small details of the tailored, flowered buttons. Thanks so much for having such a gorgeous, well-made product!
Practical and Pretty Vest -
By: GrowingOldGracefully from North Chesterfield, VA
This is truly a reversible vest. I wear the floral side for dressier occasions. The blue goes well with jeans and lots of different tops. When new, the large size fit a bit big and was sort-of stiff. After washing, the quilting became closer together and more flexible. The result was a vest that adjusted itself to my shape and size. One thing I would change: The button loops are floral and show when the vest is on the blue side. It would be more versatile if the button loops were blue instead of floral.
Fabulous waistcoat! -
By: AppleCrumble from Hampshire, UK
Top 500 Contributor
A lovely waistcoat that smartens up jeans nicely, but can also be worn with something much smarter! Good fit.
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Orvis Handcrafted Reversible Jackets
The story of our exclusive block-printed jackets began more than twenty years ago, when Orvis Women’s Product Development Specialist Sharon McNamara traveled to Jaipur, India in search of British-inspired block-printed fabrics. The artistry and skill of the regional craftspeople there lead to the creation of our most popular women’s jackets of all time.
Sharon recently shared her memories of that:
“In those days, elephants, camels, and burros were used to transport the fabric to the remote villages of the Jaipur region. I was the only western visitor in the village at that time, and I met with the country’s premier block printer. He worked in a room that was covered from floor to ceiling with boxes of print blocks. Each wooden block was carved by hand and it could take up to two weeks to carve some of the more elaborate patterned blocks. I learned that each print takes multiple blocks – the most elaborate fabrics can require as many as 28 different blocks. Because they are made of wood, each block can only be used less than 300 times before its crisp, precise lines become blurred and a new block must be carved.
I quickly learned how difficult the printing process can be, after trying it! Master printers, using techniques that are centuries old, are highly valued for their skill. It takes great strength and a steady hand to line up the blocks precisely to get the exact print. Men do the block printing and women do all the embroidery and embellishments by hand, after the fabric is dyed and finished.
At that time, all of the dyes used in this village came from nature. For example, black dye was made from a combination of iron horseshoes and blackstrap molasses. After the fabrics were dyed in huge outdoor earthen vats, they were washed three times and then laid out on the desert floor to dry. The sun would bake in the color, setting the dye.
The finished fabrics were then carried to the town of Jaipur via burro, where they were used to create reversible jackets, pairing two different prints with a fine layer of lightweight cotton fill in between. The materials were sewn by hand and trapunto-stitched on a single-needle treadle machine. The women in the workrooms would create the self-covered buttons by hand and detail the jackets with further embellishments and embroidery, depending on the design.
The quality and care that go into our reversible jackets is unparalleled, and every jacket is still a unique, handcrafted work of art. The men and women we work with in India take great pride in continuing this centuries-old tradition of artistry and block printing. Our longtime vendor partners – Sam Hilu and Raman Monga – are the guardians of this tradition of quality.”
Orvis is proud to offer our customers the world’s finest handcrafted reversible jackets.