Barbour is a brand I’ve grown up with, it’s flitted in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. First it was the boys at school who wore the classic Bedale over their blazers in the winter. Then, I remember the way the smell of wax would emanate off my dad’s jacket when he came to support me at lacrosse games every weekend in the winter. And when I was at university my friend Oli wore his onstage as he performed with his band.
A Barbour jacket is one of those pieces I’ve always thought I would own at some point. I remember searching high and low for a vintage Barbour just as Alexa Chung made them popular again in 2011 but struggled to find one anywhere.
It was an exciting day for me when last week I received a very beautiful invitation from Barbour inviting me to join them at their showroom in London. Their menswear team had designed a new collection for women, ‘Timeless Originals‘. The men’s Bedale has been so popular with women for so long that they decided to design a coat for women that merged the tailored cut across the shoulders of the women’s Beadnell with the less fitted shape of the men’s Bedale. The result is the Rain Bedale Wax Jacket, it’s tailored on the shoulder, has an a-line cut and a slightly cropped sleeve which reveals a longer ribbed cuff. The ‘Timeless Originals’ collection is made-up of their iconic styles, redesigned with today’s needs and style in mind. It also includes a collection of complimentary knitwear, trousers and shirts with two drops, one in autumn, ‘Raindrop’ and another for winter, ‘Snowdrop’.
The Baffle Wax Jacket is probably the most minimalist design in the collection, a black waxed longline puffer jacket that, again, fits well across the shoulder. It’s also the most on-trend jacket they’ve created for the collection; puffers were big on the catwalk for AW16, featuring in many collections including those by Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Courrèges, and Marques’Almeida.
I had a wonderful afternoon with the Barbour team, shooting this look with Giles Smith, drinking hot chocolate in the showroom, and learning calligraphy during in a private lesson with the very talented Lucy from Quill London.
Barbour Baffle Wax Jacket* | Barbour Stratus X-Back Crew Neck Sweater* | H&M Silk Camisole (old, similar here) | Paige Miki Straight-Leg Jeans in Keiran Destructed* | Seven Boot Lane Honey Ankle Boots in Black* | Saint James Marine Cap | Ace & Tate x It’s Nice That Sunglasses* | Felice Dahl Första Ring in Gold*