Check out these other sections of my web site. 
 andersonleather.com 
 home page 
 
 purses and handbags 
 motorcycle leathers 
 colors of leather 
 I encourage you to read my guest book to see what others have said about the leathers they have purchased from me. 
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 leather vests with braiding 
 I have custom designed and braided several hundred handmade leather vests like these, having been building them for many years. This leather I use is often called moccasin cowhide or chap leather. This non-toxic American made leather is about 4 ounces in weight/thickness, making it very durable. 
  I have individually designed and personally handcrafted each of these vests. Everything on my web site is truly hand made - no electricity is used in its construction. Patterns are drawn, laid out and traced, then the holes are punched one at a time. Then, I cut the laces and braid them together. All of the sewing is done by hand. Most all are made with personal features that the buyer has requested, making them quite different from one another. They are truly one of a kind custom pieces. People describe to me what they would like and I can usually accommodate them. None of them have a lining - this makes them very durable and they far outlast any lining I would use with them. The cost of these vests are usually around $600 - larger sizes, or many/elaborate features, etc. may affect that cost. 
 I make them with (or without) several different features such as lapels, yokes on the front and/or back, different lengths, etc. I've developed a variety of pockets to select from. 

 There are tips near the bottom of this page about how to order one. 

 I encourage you to read my guest book to see what others have said about the leathers they have purchased from me. 

 There are lots of larger views, and/or more pictures found by clicking on the thumbnails. More vests are added to this page every once in a while. 
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 Things to consider when ordering a vest: 
(1) Size - a chest measurement. Using a chest measurement is better than a jacket and suit coat size as those sizes can vary from one manufacturer to the next. Another good way to assure the best fit is if a person already has a good fitting vest that can be sent to me to get a pattern from - alterations to that vest can be made. I can return the vest with no damage done to it. 
(2) Colors of leather that I offer - Swatch Card 
(3) The length is usually a measurement from the base of your neck (where a vest rests) to your belt line. 
(4) Do you want lapels or yokes on the front? There are close up pictures of these features on several different pages. 
(5) Do you want a yoke on the back? A pointed one, double pointed, or one that is straight across the back. 
(6) Pockets- Most often I use a patch pocket and recently I started attaching them in a new way that can be seen here. Often these are built with a flap. These patch pockets also have an pocket on the inside - in the same location using the same holes. I also use what I call a slit pocket. I have also built variations of this slit pocket with a flap over it. I'll probably inquire as to the angle a person would like these slit pockets to be on the vest. 
 There is another style of pockets that I build and call panel pockets. It is made on the lower inside of the front panels. 
(7) Vest closures, fasteners, ties, snaps, or a large brass zipper are pictured on this page: leather vest closures 
(8) When these vests are going to be used to wear over a jacket, let me know and I will make the arm holes a bit larger and the back of the neck slightly lower to accommodate for this. 
(9) I make vests with what I call a draft flap (a longer back). Usually, I make them 3" longer. Recently I changed the line of the draft flap as follows - here is the previous way I made them ...and often still do. 

 I consider every vest I've made a one of a kind. Even if I had an order to build two vests exactly alike - there would be differences. 
 back pointed yoke 
 front pointed yoke 
 slit hip pockets 
 slit breast pockets 
 four pairss of snaps 
 back pointed yoke 
 front split lapels 
 patch hip pockets 
 patch breast pockets 
 large front lapels 
 slit hip pockets 
 plain back  
 moccasin cowhide vest with extended squared-off draft flap in back 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps
 front split lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets 
 patch breast pockets 
 handmade conchoes wth straps 
 cowhide leather vest 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 front slanted yokes 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 two sets of snap closures 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 a zipper closure 
 cowhide leather vest 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 large brass (YKK #10) zipper 
 cowhide leather vest 
 pointed back yoke 
 slit hip pockets with flaps 
 front lapels 
 pointed back yoke 
 patch hip pockets 
 front lapels 
 pointed back yoke 
 patch hip pockets 
 front lapels 
 pointed back yoke 
 custom patch hip pockets 
 zipper closure 
 leather vest with custom handmade cochoes, tassels, and snake skin inlay 
 back pointed yoke 
 slit hip pockets 
 large brass (YKK #10) zipper 
 squared-off bottom 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 a zipper closure 
 squared-off draft flap 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 slit breast pockets 
 handmade conchoes with straps 
 front split lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 slit hip pockets 
 straight back yoke 
 slit hip pockets 
 patch pocketss with flaps 
 front lapels 
 patch pocketss with flaps 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 made with buffalo provided
 by the customer
 front and back pointed yokes  patch hip pockets 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets 
 squared-off back draft flap 
 custom pattern 
 elk skin leather supplied by buyer 
 large brass (YKK #10) zipper 
 large front lapels 
 custom patch hip pockets 
 slit hip pockets 
 squared-off back draft flap 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 front slanted yoke 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
 two sets of snap closures 
 curved back draft flap 
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 slit hip pockets 
 four conchoes 
 D rings for closure 
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leather vest with buttons
pocket - inside and outside
leather vest with fringe
slit pockets 
front tassels 
snap closures 
back yoke 
squared back draft flap 
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 Anderson Leather Braiding 
 since 1972 

 David C. Anderson 
 1814 5th St. NE 
 Bemidji, Minnesota USA 56601 
 Telephone: (218) 751-0445 
 dave@andersonleather.com  
 or my ISP andlea@paulbunyan.net 
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four slit pockets 
front and back yokes 
back draft flap 


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Brown/Mahogany leather vest 
large brass (YKK #10) zipper 
two slit pockets 
no yokes - plain back 
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Black/Mahogany leather vest 
front and back yokes 
two hip pockets (+ two inside pockets) 
one breast pocket (+an inside pocket) 
back draft flap 
'D' rings for closures 
Brown/Mahogany  leather vest 
large brass (YKK #10) zipper 
zipper extender (extends chest length) 
no pockets
no yokes - plain back 
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 leather vest with 
 two sets of snaps 
 slit pockets 
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 lapels on the front 
 back pointed yoke 
 two hip pockets with flaps 
 four braided conchoes with 
 straps hanging slit pockets 
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 front slanted yokes and lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 front hip pockets w/ simple braid 
 one slit breast pocket 
 black cowhide leather vest 
 back pointed yoke 
 large YKK (#10) brass zipper 
 two slit hip pockets 
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 black cowhide leather vest 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 two patch hip pockets w/ flaps 
 moccasin cowhide leather vest 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 two patch hip pockets 
 two slit breast pockets 
 two pairs of snap closures 
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 black cowhide leather vest 
 front slanted yokes 
 back pointed yoke 
 two patch hip pockets 
 four sets of snap closures 
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 two tone leather vest 
 pointed yokes - front and back 
 two patch pockets with flaps 
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 two tone leather vest 
​ back draft flap 
​ four sets of snaps 
 large YKK (#10) brass zipper 
 two tone brown leather vest 
 large YKK (#10) brass zipper 
 slit hip pockets 
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 brown leather vest 
 large YKK (#10) brass zipper 
 slit hip pockets 
 back draft flap 
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 Western leather vest 
 front and back pointed yokes 
 patch hip pockets w/ flaps 
 slit breast pockets 
 braided conchoes with straps 
 two tone brown leather vest 
 front lapels 
 back pointed yoke 
 patch hip pockets with flaps 
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