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Cargo Vest by Marcusstratus Cargo Vest by Marcusstratus
In 2010 I was getting a lot of interest in this old design of mine: [link]

So I decided to redo it into my current style and I did this design: [link]

Then I did some mock-ups [link] and what you see now is the final result! Made to last, the outside and pockets are made of a durable 100% cotton denim and it's lined with 100% cotton flannel. The hardware is brass and contrasting with the denim are leather belt keepers.

In total there are 24 pockets, ranging from 2 1/2" x 4" (6.35x10cm) for the smallest and 9" x 8" (22.8x20.3cm) for the largest. They can hold everything from pencils, rullers, books, notepads, electronics, knives and tools to groceries, newspapers, phones, wallets, tissues, ferrets, etc. etc. etc. There are also numerous Dee rings around the vest for fastening chains, pouches and anything else to your person, all riveted on with a sturdy leather strap. The chunky center zipper came off a military surplus coat and has a long brass pull. The zipper stops at the waist and the vest is split in front and back to accommodate movement and sitting.

I'm 5'8" (172.75cm) tall and have a chest circumference of 35" (89cm), so anyone with similar measurements will fit the vest just like in the photo's. It will fit up to a 37" (94cm) chest comfortably and a taller or shorter height won't make a difference. The vest is 42" (106.5cm)long from shoulder to hem and the hood is actually full enough to keep the rain off your face.

This vest was also very tedious to make and thus I wont be making one like it again. So don't ask me! heh So many pockets :faint: I'll have to have ~Lastwear manufacture it or something for the future.
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On it's own the vest is of an intriguing design. I can clearly see it going with a range of other outfits. The pockets reminds me of the Square Enix aesthetic of adding numerous add-ons, which I don't find offputting.

With the extra bits included it does show off the capabilities of the vest, however I am a little jealous of the fact that they aren't included in the sale.

All in all I like it, though I don't like it all that much.

I would like to add, that if the hood was removable then I would give it a higher mark. Sorry, personal preference.
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Being that I have commissioned Mr. Stratus before I can at least from an objective viewpoint say that his work is top notch. What I love most about this garment ( and this goes for most of his work ) is that it is a functional garment that finds its place in some in between place of work and play. Which is the exact mindset you want when working.

I planned on buying this garment for my own little workshop, and would have used it for all of my own little artistic projects. But alas I was slightly outbid. All of the pockets would definitely been of help for me, being that I usually need multiple resources in arms length to accommodate my less than linear style.

Absolutely love the hood. I am a fan of hoods and cloaks in the first place. And it gives the garment just enough mystery to make it a imaginative creation.


Some of you may be put off by the price of Mr. Stratus' work. But I found that what you pay for is what you get. And that in Mark's case you will get more than you paid for. And you can take it to the bank that his heart and soul was woven in along with the creation of garment.

You'll be hard pressed to find such quality anywhere.

Bravo! And I look forward to your future work.
Inspiring, indeed!
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gaijennightborn Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :ahoy: 
seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i get one? o uo with or without that many pockets, i don't mind ^^
1matt210 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Where can I buy one?
Andr3w137 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I wish I had one of those now. Lots of pockets to store stuff in. Really love it.
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, it made a pretty epic vest :)
Spauldron Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
This is beautiful.  All of your work is excellent.  Great shapes, excellent use of drape and line, and loads of eye-catching details.  Nothing taken for granted.  I timeholed like crazy looking at your gallery.  Keep doing this!
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, thank you! I haven't actually heard the term timeholed before.
iOKaii Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
really awesome! i would love to have something like this.
freyalise Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
This looks so amazing I can't even.
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