★ The Original Vest

The original "Main with No Name" vest from the Clint Eastwood "Dollars Trilogy" of western films including "A Fistful of Dollars", "For A Few Dollars More" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Not much is known of the original vest. It might possibly have been brought to Spain by Clint Eastwood who originally sourced his wardrobe from local shops in America and from pieces of wardrobe he'd used originally on the series Rawhide.
It's been said that the original vest once had sleeves.
The right hand side of the vest is deliberately higher than the left side so as to not impede the character's holster/pistol access. This would seem to be a customization done by an expert quickdraw gunfighter.
The vest is made up of a patchwork of skins and irregular seams lines can be seem throughout its entire surface. It is thin, very roughly and crudely constructed, irregular, uneven, and it is heavily aged.
Behind the Scenes photo showing the left side of the vest
Most replica vests have a suede-like exterior which this author believes to be inaccurate. From close examinations of the Blu-ray copies of the films this author believes the exterior of the vest to be the bare smooth leather side of the sheepskin.
A closeup example of Sheepskin leather surface
Stitch lines on the back of the original vest.

GIF Animations

Patchwork construction (Back view)
Zoom in for stitch details

Reference examples

Some materials spotted on the web that are reminiscent of the vest's construction or styling.
Example Patchwork Sheepskin
"Stone" color "Shearling jacket". Eastwood's vest may have been this color before it was aged and distressed.
Woman's faux sheepskin with a good color and similiar seam joint style.

Further reading


Have a look at some of the various replica vests that can be found from makers around the world...