CH Zambia: Geren Ford Safari Jackets

One-of-a-kind upcycled safari jackets handmade in LA for our safari guests

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For our first Cool Hunting Edition travel experience we brought 24 friends and readers on safari in Zambia. Over the course of eight days CH Zambia guests experienced the wonders and wildlife of Africa with a few surprises from our brand partners. More stories and videos here.

As soon as we began planning CH Zambia we started collecting vintage safari jackets. When our friend Geren Lockhart, the LA-based designer behind Geren Ford, decided to join us on the trip we started talking about creating an awesome safari jacket. Realizing that creating a new jacket for both men and women in so many sizes in such a small run was going to cost a small fortune, Geren came up with the brilliant idea of making custom jackets for everyone from repurposed vintage safari gear—each tailored to a fellow traveler and one-of-a-kind. In this video we follow Geren from her LA studio to Africa to see her design process and the jackets in action.

Check out this slideshow for a look at all the finished pieces, photographed by Josh Rubin.

As an added bonus Geren made scarves for each guest. The luxurious, oversized swaths of cloth were made from a tissue-weight blend of Italian cotton and wool in two different tonal striped colorways. There are a few of these special pieces left in gray or green for $98.