The clothes are where the magic lies (is a wardrobe even complete if it doesn’t contain one of their jackets?) and there are some new favourites to add to your repertoire. In honour of the 125-year anniversary, the brand has created a capsule collection named The Icons Re-Engineered, featuring five iconic Barbour jackets that have been reimagined for today.
Each is inspired by a moment in the Barbour timeline. We love the Haydon jacket, a waxed cotton beauty taken from a number nicknamed ‘Uncle Harry’s coat’. Uncle Harry, a wildlife photographer, wore the Barbour jacket he bought in 1910 every time he went to photograph golden eagles. His family, wearers of Barbour for three generations, continued to wear his coat right into the 1990s and it’s now the earliest example the brand have of a jacket made from waxed cotton. The updated number has a tactile, velvety collar for women and a tailored cut for men.
The update on the A7 jacket, the original Barbour International piece, keeps the angled chest pocket, which was originally made to store maps, and has been reinvented in a luxe, high-shine gloss for women. The men’s version feels modern and relaxed.
And to reflect their more recent history, the brand’s reinvented the Durham jacket for women into a waterproof number, and the sell-out Beacon Sports jacket for men, which was part of the AW11 collaboration with Japanese designer Tokihito Yoshida. It made menswear history when it was worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall.
With so much history behind them, Barbour remains a favourite today. Britishness, timelessness, innovation…. we’re excited for what the next 125 years will hold. Happy Birthday Barbour.
Head to YouTube to watch the story of the brand.