Penda Suede Jerkin

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Medieval garments like the Penda Suede Jerkin originally served as armour padding, but the design soon became a part of everyday dress. This predecessor to the modern vest suits many roles and is a great addition to your wardrobe. The jerkin is handmade from suede leather. The cap sleeves and stitched hemline give it a layered look. More stitching highlights the lace-up neckline. Split leather strings and metal eyelets adjust the fit on either side of the waist. Whether you create a historical character or one inspired by fantasy, the Penda Suede Jerkin is a fine choice in medieval apparel.

This item is handmade, therefore, it may vary slightly from what is shown above.

Key Features:

  • Follows a traditional medieval design
  • Adjustable lacing at the neck and waist
  • Perfect for the role of ranger or adventurer
  • Historical apparel for LARP and reenactment


  • Made of suede leather
  • Lacing is split leather

This is a handmade item that is measured by hand. Please allow for approximately 1-2 inches of variation from measurements shown.

ChestWaistHipsOverall LengthCap Sleeve LengthShoulder Width
Small/Medium34.4-38.6 inches30.7-33.9 inches37-40.2 inches30 inches3 inches19 inches
Large/X-Large41.3-44.9 inches37.4-41.3 inches43.3-46.5 inches30 inches3 inches19 inches

3 reviews for Penda Suede Jerkin

  1. Brian Krames (verified owner)

    Purchased this dark brown Suede jerkin a month ago, Good weight to it, very period, ties up on the sides, can be worn by itself or over a tunic. Very nice look, works well with a belt and 3 weapons at its sides!

  2. aakuehn1 (verified owner)

    This was an impulse purchase that has become one of my favorite pieces of clothing to wear. Love the historically inspired design. I almost wish for cooler weather just so that I have an excuse to wear it more often. It works flawlessly for a wide range of time periods & outfits. Well-constructed with soft suede leather, this jerkin is built to last. It looks as good in person as it does in the photos & it feels even better when you are wearing it. It has quality that you can see & feel. The cap sleeves are a nice bonus & make your shoulders look wider. I ordered the “Large/XL” size (in Brown) thinking that was what I needed since my chest measures around 42-43 inches. It looked great & fit nicely, but I expected it to be tighter on me since the side laces were already cinched up as tight as they could go right out of the package. I had plenty of room for a bulky shirt to go underneath & wasn’t struggling to breathe. I figured that I bought the wrong size, so I ordered the Black jerkin in the Small/Medium size. They both looked pretty much the same size as I put one over the other to compare. But, when I tried the Black one on, it seemed (“seemed” being the key word here) to be a little more fitted in the waist & hips. There was still room for a shirt underneath & my waist & hips still had room to move. The chest & shoulder area looked & felt the same as the Large/XL. If one of them is too big for me, I certainly can’t see or feel a significant difference. I will be wearing a belt with both anyway. If I get fatter, I will loosen up the side laces. The end result is that I have two, AWESOME jerkins in Black & Brown to diversify my outfits thanks to Medieval Collectibles’ great selection & fast service.

  3. acellewllits99 (verified owner)

    Great misc. use piece. Can be used as a ‘casual’ wear style or over chainmail for a lighter style of armoring.

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