If Barbour were ever going to collaborate with a vehicle brand, chances are it was going to be Land Rover. The Land Rover is synonymous with country living as is the Heritage brand that we all know and love so much.
The two iconic brands have collaborated on a number of new garments for the car manufacturers first foray into the world of apparel. Drawing upon their years of experience, Barbour have put together a collection of quilted and waxed jackets, warm scarves, hats and luggage for this exciting release. The collection as you would expect enforces a feeling of luxurious countrywear which is fitting for both brands. This preview of the collection is sure to build up some hype around the brand with the full collection expected to be released any time soon. Stay tuned for further news.
Barbour are known throughout the world for their outerwear and in particular their range of jackets. What is often overlooked is their range of quality accessories to compliment your outfit and Barbour have proven in recent seasons that they are able to craft some functional bags which exude style.
Enter the Barbour Explorer bag which is a full leather grain travel bag. Made from a durable leather outer material, this premium bag is a great piece for the man on the move. Featuring an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and 2 carry handles, the useful Explorer bag is lined internally with the iconic Barbour tartan lining. This is a bag that can be used all year round and is ideal for someone who travels a lot, be it for work or pleasure. The Explorer has been released once more for the Spring Summer 2014 season and has been re-stocked at Aphrodite1994 where it has previously sold out priced at £280.00.
As previously mentioned, Barbour has been awarded three Royal warrants by the British Royal Family. The first was awarded from the Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen following in his footsteps adding a second. Prince Charles awarded the third and latest Royal Warrant in 1987.
Being connected with the Royal Family in this manner not only gives Barbour the distinction and pride of being associated with the monarchy but has also increased sales. Since Helen Mirren starred as the Queen in the film of the same name, sales of Barbour jackets doubled in New York. A similar hype was generated for the brand when Daniel Craig wore a version of the Sports Jacket in the Bond film, Skyfall.
Check out the photo below and others on Barbour Instagram account
We are not sure how we have missed this one but it seems that Barbour have released a version of the classic Bedale jacket with the masters of minimal design; Sophnet. An eye-catching camouflage lining has been added to this traditional piece. Finished with a beeswax coating to make it water resistant, the jacket has also been given black buttons and a bold golden zipper. The Bedale was released earlier this month for $599 USD from the official Sophnet website.
We have found a little goldmine whilst trawling the Internet for all things Barbour. A great blog hosted over on Tumblr called Thornproof is packed full of inspirational Barbour related photographs and information. The owner of the site seems to search Tumblr for Barbour inspired photographs but then credits people where credit is due. So if you are looking for a bit of exposure or were looking to make yourself famous (well maybe not famous but a lot of people will see you), head on over to Thornproof now and send in a photo of yourself in your Barbour
It’s been a while since we featured any Barbour bags on the blog so we picked out these two gorgeous pieces from Barbour’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection. Presenting the Barbour Notch Explorer and the Barbour Loom Tarras Bag. Both bags are part of the newly formed Dept B collection at Barbour which has been created this season to commemorate the Department B section of the Barbour factory, famous for the customisation of garments.
The larger Explorer bag is a quality wool/nylon mix travel holdall style bag featuring aniline leather trims. A spacious and luxurious piece, the Explorer would prove to be a great bag to take on your holidays or for someone who travels regularly for their job.
The more compact Loom Tarras bag is more like a bag that you might take to work with you to keep your paperwork in or maybe as part of your hand luggage when travelling. Finished again in a wool/nylon mix, this satchel style bag again features aniline leather trims and two larger outer pockets. Throw in to the mix an adjustable strap and you have a great multi functional bag.
Barbour and Hartlepool college have teamed up to work together on the Barbour Academy. Situated on the first floor of the Barbour factory in South Shields, the Academy introduces students from a range of programmes into skilled areas such as textiles and sewing as well as warehousing, leadership and management. Facilities include two ICT rooms, a teaching room and a practical machine area. Dependant on your interests, there could well be a part of the courses that suits you.
This really is a good move from Barbour, teaching basic skills to those wanting to be employed in the textiles industry. Not only does it give the students skills to make them more employable, it gives Barbour a chance to spot talent in-house without the need to strengthen every now and then from the outside marketplace. Students are promised an interview with Barbour at the accumulation of their studies.
If you are interested you can read more about the programme over on the Barbour website or by calling 0191 454 8455 and one of the staff can give you the information you require.
We have heard from our good friends at Aphrodite that they have just taken in more stock of the much hyped Barbour Commander jacket. If you haven’t heard of it already, the Commander jacket is a waxed jacket from the newly created Barbur Department B collection which takes over from the Barbour x Tokito collection. More notably, the jacket is the same as the one Daniel Craig wore in Skyfall. The piece is a full wax sylkoil jacket with leather accents and Barbour Dept B embroidered branding on the pocket.
Pre orders have been flying out across UK menswear independent retailers but Aphrodite took their first batch in a couple of weeks ago which sold out within a few days.
Eager fans of the brand have been snapping these up whilst those who are in the market to make a quick few quid have bought them and put them straight onto places like Ebay and Gumtree, commanding figures up to £1,000.
Buy your Barbour Commander jacket from Aphrodite now at http://www.aphrodite1994.com for £399.00 and let us know what you think
A little goldmine for Barbour fans can be discovered in the seaside town of South Shields. This golden nugget is the Barbour factory shop. Based on the site of the main Barbour factory where the products are made, there is a small shop with a wealth of bargains inside.
Upon entrance to the shop you will walk straight into an area housing this current seasons collection. Anything that you have seen this season will be here, normally all priced up at full price. Keep walking on through a doorway into the real treasure trove for Barbour bargain hunters. Inside here you will find a mixture of stock from last season including your perennial Barbour Liddesdale jackets across both men and womens styles as well as children. If you are really lucky you might find something that has a slight fault. Anything other than perfect can’t be sold via independant retailers so Barbour sell them through the factory store. A slight problem with the stitching inside could see a reduction of half price or more.
The address to pop into your sat nav is:
Barbour Factory Shop
Monks Way, Bede Trading Estate
Jarrow NE32 3HL
Opening times may during holiday times etc. You can check out more details via the Barbour Official site or give the factory store a call on 191 4284707
Take your credit card because you might end up buying more than you expect! Let us know what you think if you go there.
When you are on the lookout for a new Barbour, it is always nice to have a browse through a collection of images from people that are already wearing it. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are full with pages supporting the brand but Pinterest is somewhat of a goldmine for Barbour fans looking for inspiration. Although it hasn’t been around for too long, the global success of Pinterest over the past few years has been phenomenal. Millions of users source imagery from around the World to add to their collection.
One such user is Laura Bonnell who has created Barbour Style. This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Barbour inspired photographs that you are likely to find anywhere on the net. A mixture of male and females are featured wearing a variety of jackets including Barbour waxed and quilted jackets. Barbour wellies, accessories and knits are also available to view. Check out her Pinterest board now.