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Renaissance gambesons

Renaissance gambeson wasn’t just underarmor – it was a man fashion garment throughout all Renaissance period. As the underarmor, arming doublet was a base to attach plate armor parts and some kind of "plate's underwear" providing comfort in armor's wearing.

About Renaissance gambesons

Renaissance gambeson wasn’t just underarmor – it was a man fashion garment throughout all Renaissance period. Looking at XV-XVI century art, we see arming doublets on most men except for churchmen, of course. And this leads us to the idea that doublets were quite popular at that time.

Why? Well, quilted textile underarmour was originally made to relieve the shock of blows. So, after the Dark Ages of chainmails and brigandine armour, when you needed thick big gambeson not to become a chop, plate armor appeared. Full plate armor wasn't just stronger – its parts could confront blows due to being rigid and distributing the damage received over a wider body area, thus reducing its strength at distinct points. As the plate armor doesn’t need thick padded underarmour, gambeson evolved into elegant and fashionable arming doublet.

Thus, Renaissance gambeson was thinner, shorter, tighter. 

As the underarmor, arming doublet was a base to attach plate armor parts and some kind of "plate's underwear" providing comfort in armor's wearing. 

But, during XVth century, it became fashionable to wear an arming doublet not only as a kind of military garment but often as civilian clothing. Later, civilians doublet separated and evolved to gain fashionable shape. Rich fabrics, golden and silver pins... It played an essential role in fashion history. Born from a brutal quilted protection garment, doublets were worn for over 3 centuries and became one of the main menswear. 

Just look at an elegant Renaissance period gambeson XVI-XVII century, chick Royal gambeson of patterned fabric, or noble Puffed sleeves doublet.

Note that this Renaissance underarmor was open on the front and usually laced, however, buckles and buttons were also used. 

And we have them all. And always ready to sew some more!

Over more than 15 years our tailors produced the best padded underarmor for both sides of Atlantic. In our gambeson you can take part in any of these events: 

  • SCA
  • HEMA
  • Reenactment or Medieval festivals
  • LARP 
  • Stage performances

You will be satisfied with Steel Mastery's padded protection everywhere. 

Contact us via [email protected], place an order – we’ll sew a perfect gambeson following your photos, pictures, and desires.

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Arming doublet, 1405 year
Don Hausser
Arming doublet, 1405 year
HG-04

I couldn't be more satisfied. I ordered a 3-layer doublet for use in HEMA. The quality is without second - durable and well-stitched. The fit is perfect - it allows full range of motion in the arms, shoulders, and across the back without issue. The customer service was also fantastic. Absolutely well done!

Arming doublet, 1405 year
Wayne Heinz
Arming doublet, 1405 year
HG-04

I ordered this for use in HEMA. I wanted something more traditional that would also suit HEMA practice. I got the HEMA 350 N material on the outside and the linen on the inside and three layers of padding. The three layers is a little light compared to most Spes jackets made for longsword fencing. While not ideal for competition the level of protection is more than suitable for regular sparring and training. But let me tell you, the quality of construction, the fit and the customization are unparalleled. I feel like, and I am, wearing a work of art. I can't recommend it enough. The only thing I would change is to add arming points on the elbow compatible with most hard elbow protection used in HEMA.

Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
Nico Sell
Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
HG-06

Excellent quality, very comfortable and just absolutely beautiful. It fits perfectly and the service was excellent

Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
Dom
Aketon, second half of the 14th - first half of the 15th century
HG-06

Just got my Aketon and it is absolutely beautiful. Great work, fits like a charm! Excellent quality!