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15th c. Men’s Brocade Houppelande


    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Made in Brocade and Velvet Brocade
    • Also comes in Linen and Wool versions
    • Comes in a dazzling array of jewel tones and neutrals in solid and a two tone contrasting floral pattern
    • No visible machine stitching
    • All interior seams finished
    • One size fits most
    • If you would like to order this in one of our velvet brocades – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern (from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • This style is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708) 502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.


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Max. Chest Measurement

One Size

up to 58″ / 147cm


Note: Sizing on our Mens Houpplelande is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos)

Brocade Colors:

Please see our Fabric Selection page for current brocade color and pattern options. Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708) 502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

 In the waning decades of the 14th century, a new style of mens and womens fashion evolved as a direct contrast to the sleek, fitted cotehardie. This sumptuous gown is called the houppelande, and while in any ways a return to the long, elegant surcoat, dalmatic or gown, it combined the voluminous, angel-wing sleeves of the 12th century, previously seen only in womens fashions, combined with the close-fitting, high collar of the late-14th century cotte. The flowing body of the houppelande was pleated and gathered in at the waist and cinctured with a narrow belt.

The houppelande continued to evolve throughout the 1400s, and developed a rather unique and exaggerated silhouette by the 1470s. We have chosen to reproduce an earlier style of garment that reflects an earlier, more natural style fashionable amongst nobles, courtiers and wealthy burghers at the start of the 15th century. Based on the beautiful examples in the Tres Riche Houres of the Duc de Berry, this style had a broad, international appeal, and can be found throughout England, France, northern Italy and the Holy Roman Empire.

The 14th century saw a cooling of the Earths climate, and this is reflected in the fashions that developed over the next two-hundred years. Houppelandes were often made of sumptuous fabrics such as felted wool and silk velvet, lined and edged in contrasting colors. It was usually worn over a cotehardie. Our first example is and is made of rich linen with a contrasting collar. Kept unlined for the hot summer months, the sleeves are trimmed in the same contrasting colors. A perfect garment to personalize by embroidering or block printing for that perfect, Duc de Berry look!

Read more about the 15th century in our Pen of History article here!

Drawing after Andria Master, Christ bring news cat.7907, fol.23 in bibliotheque nationale de france circa 1407

Drawing after Hayton presents his Book to Jean sans Peur, Orosius Master; ms fr. 2810, fol. 226V in bibliotheque nationale de france circa 1413

Drawing after The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries circa 1425-1450 in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

This Lord dons a black and silver Brocade Houppelande. He accents with a red Italinate Hat for a splash of color. His brown Tall Boots match his Decorated Belt. To complete his look he places his valuables in his custom brocade tasseled Pouch. Beneath he wears his Collared Shirt , Cotehardie and Simple Hose

This Lord has opted for a striking burgundy and gold velvet Brocade Houupelande to catch the rays of sunshine. Beneath he wears his brocade Cotehardie, 15th Century Collared shirt, and gold Joined Hose.  He matches his Ankle Boots to his black Turret Hat. His black Gloves keep his hands warm and protected.



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