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Tellason x Freeman Commodore 16.5 Oz. Denim Vest

Back in January, we braved the dreaded Polar Vortex that hit the East Coast to profile Market Week for A/W 2014. We made it out alive (albeit frostbitten) and reported back with some of the exciting happenings in the denim world. One of the standout new pieces was a collaboration between San Francisco’s Tellason and Freeman of Seattle. Denim and outerwear? Yes. Always yes.

Although we talked about it nearly a year ago, it’s only available for purchase recently. The two companies collaborated to make a version of Freeman’s Commodore Vest, a three pocket lightweight vest. 

The vest uses Freeman’s proprietary water-resistant fabric for the yoke and Tellason’s exclusive 16.5oz. White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim for the rest of the garment as well as their 12.5 oz denim for the collar. Instead of using seam tape to make the shoulder seams resistant to water, Freeman decided to do away with the shoulder seam altogether and cut the yoke in one whole pattern. This eliminates the shoulder seam completely, resulting in a cleaner and more weather-proof construction. As with their other jackets, Tellason’s denim cuts the placket at the selvedge. The denim is hearty and built like a tank, though the vest itself is thinner and less bulky than a down vest.

The garment not only uses fabrics from both of the companies, but also uses each brand’s hardware. Snap buttons from Freeman on the top two placket buttons as well as at each of the 3 pockets while Tellason’s signature vintage donut buttons sit at the bottom half of the placket.


  • Name: Tellason x Freeman Commodore Vest
  • Fabric: Waterproof nylon, 16.5 oz and 12.5 oz American selvedge Cone Mills Denim
  • Other Details:
    • Wool lined collar.
    • Waterproof yoke.
    • 3 snap closure pockets.
  • MSRP: $198 at Tellason

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