Comme des Garcons Play

Comme des Garcons PlayComme des Garcons Play is going to be massive this season.  Remember…we predicted it here first.  The Japanese label has been making waves in the fashion world and has been worn by celebrities around the World over the past year.

The Comme des Garcons brand itself was started in 1969 by Rei Kawakubo and over the past few decades has gone from strength to strength, designing fashion clothing for men and women as well as fragrances and accessories.  Comme des Garcons Play is a designer streetwear brand created for young men and women.  It’s instantly recognisable logo is the shape of  a heart with two eyes.  The logo was actually created in a collaboration between CDG and New York based Graphic Artist Filip Pagowski.

Celebs Wearing Comme des Garcons:
Over the past year celebrities around the World have been seen out and about sporting Comme des Garcons Play such as: –

  • Kanye West
  • Joe Jonas
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Randy Jackson
  • Katie Holmes
  • Justin Bieber
  • Diane Kruger

Comme des Garcons PlayWhere Can I Buy Comme Des Garcons?:
Comme des Garcons can be purchased online at Aphrodite Clothing in Sunderland as well as the Comme des Garcons boutique at Dover Street Market.  Prices start at £70 for the t-shirts.

Barbour Facebook Fan Page

Well it looks like Barbour has a lot more fans out there. Social networking giant Facebook has a variety of fan sites dedicated to Barbour and one of the best is at

You can upload your Barbour related pictures, hear any latest news and basically get social with people that like yourselves, like this fantastic brand. At the minute it has over 5,000 and growing daily (and before anyone asks, it’s nothing to do with us here at the Barbour blog). We are simply trying to get more people liking Barbour!

Win £50 Barbour Voucher

Mens designer clothing store, Aphrodite Clothing in Sunderland have came up with a fantastic offer.  There is one week to enter their competition to win a £50 voucher.  This can be spent in-store or online on a new Barbour jacket or any other designer brand that they stock in store.  This includes their other designer brands such as:

  • Belstaff
  • Grenson
  • Luke 1977
  • Lyle and Scott
  • Our Legacy
  • Pretty Green

All you have to do is go to their Facebook page and follow the on-screen instructions.  We will try to bring you more fantastic offers like this from time to time as we get them.

Barbour Steve McQueen Hits The Shelves

Barbour Greenham JacketBarbour x Steve McQueen, the long awaited collaboration between the screen legend and the outerwear specialist is finally with us and available to buy.  The collaboration has been talked about for quite a while and they have had McQueen and Barbour fans around the world, eager for them to be released.  Finally last week, Barbour released the collections to independent outlets around the country and they are all reasonably priced.

The gorgeous Barbour x Mcqueen Greenham Jacket pictured at the top of the article is a 6oz sylkoil waxed slim fit jacket.  Taking inspiration from classic looking motorcycle jackets of bygone days, this jacket is going to be a hit this Autum/Winter.  Featuring a large print of Steve McQueen on the inside back and Barbour branding on the left arm, people are going to be envious of you wearing this jacket.  Quilt lining finishes the inside front of this full  zip up closing piece and the motorcycle inspiration is again evident with the leather racing collar.

Barbour x McQueen Competition Zip Through

Another impressive release from the collaboration is the Barbour x McQueen Competition Zip Through Cardigan.  Without a shadow of  a doubt, this iconic piece of clothing is one of the pieces from the collection that a lot of people will associate with the International Six Day Trials that McQueen competed in for the USA.  A full zip up, 5 gauge plated knit cotton cardigan with press stud fastening pockets.  Badges adorn the left arm area and add to the retro motorcycle feel.

There is no doubt that the Barbour x McQueen collaboration is going to be popular this season and people are going to be lucky to get hold of them as most stores have limited numbers available.  The full collection also contains t-shirts, shirts, other jackets and cardigans which we will be featuring soon on the Barbour Blog so stay with us for more news.

Celebrities Wearing Barbour – Steve Bruce

Barbour Jacket

With the Tyne-Wear football derby just around the corner we thought we’d bring our North East fans something they might be interested in.  Ok, so he’s not exactly model material but here is Sunderland manger Steve Bruce sporting a Barbour jacket.  We aren’t 100% sure which model he is actually wearing but it looks to us like the Barbour Chelsea Flyweight Jacket.  It is becomming increasingly popular for celebrities to be seen wearing Barbour and we want you to send in more pictures of your favourite celebrity wearing this fantastic designer brand.

Pretty Green Clothing Collaboration


Pretty Green - Liam Gallagher

Pretty Green Clothing, for anyone that hasn’t heard of them, is a mens designer clothing brand owned by Liam Gallagher of Oasis.  It can also be said after listening to a Noel Gallagher interview recently that the promotion of Pretty Green was part of the cause of Oasis breaking up.  Whether this was exagerated or not, it’s plainly obvious to the masses that Pretty Green is one of the most sought after designer brands amongst young men at the minute.  Celebrities around the UK have been seen wearing Pretty Green including Joe Cole and Amir Khan and more and more people are wearing it out and about town.  It might not strictly be a Barbour related post but we have realised that a lot of Barbour fans are Pretty Green fans too so we thought we’d bring you some of the latest news.

Paul Weller

Over the last few years, Pretty Green has grown in popular culture and now mod legend Paul Weller is now joining in on the act and has released his first collection.  The debut collection is a mixture of jackets, t-shirts, cardigans, and scarves amongst others.  It is undoubtably going to be popular with fans of Gallagher and especially Weller and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the collection.  You can see a full range of the Weller collaboration at the Pretty Green official site.  It’s a good place to check everything out Pretty Green.  There’s news, photos, ranges of clothing and lots more and is a really nicely laid out site.

If you are a Pretty Green fan in general without the collaboration material, Aphrodite Clothing in Sunderland have a large range of t-shirts, polo shirts, chinos and footwear which will take you a while to browse through and pick yourself something nice for the weekend.

Barbour x Tokihito Yoshida Jackets Collaboration

The much anticipated Barbour x Tokihito Yoshida jackets collaboration has finally hit the shelves.  The Tokihito x Barbour fusion has had people around the world saving their pennies for when the collection was finally launched…and what a collection it is.  Taking his background as a fashion designer, Tokihito has put his stamp on a stylish range of jackets from Barbour and gave them a very modern twist creating an iconic Barbour Heritage Beacon collection.

Barbour x Tokihito Military JacketThe main focus of the jackets is their functionality.  The designer said that ever since he was a child and was given a book on the English countryside by his father, it sparked a fascination within him with the English outdoors.  You will notice that the jackets that he has created have plenty of pockets, in different sizes.  His thinking behind this is to give the jackets the same functionality of a bag but obviously not have to carry one.  The waxed cotton and sylkoil Barbour x Tokihito Military Jacket pictured above is going to be a popular seller this season.  Durability and comfort combined with the functionality are some of the key points of the jacket.

Over the years, the Barbour brand has grown in popular culture and the addition of this new collaboration for the Autumn/Winter is only going to enhance the popularity of the brand around the world.  The upcoming Barbour x Mcqueen collaboration is yet another exciting collaboration to look out for in the future.  In the next coming weeks we expect the collaboration to be released to selected stores around the country.  The Barbour x Tokihito jackets are on sale now at Aphrodite starting at £280.

Our Legacy Clothing – Autumn/Winter 2011

Our Legacy clothing is one of the up and coming designer brands of the moment.  Here at the Barbour blog we don’t normally highlight other brands but we are very impressed with the Our Legacy brand and what the young designers are doing with it at the moment.  The Swedish designers Cristopher Nying and Jockum Hallin have created an understated but quality, contemporary brand using a blend of English, Italian and Portugese fabrics.

Our Legacy ClothingThe idea behind the brand is that they take old classic pieces of clothing which could be seen in your grandads wardrobe and give them a modern twist.  It is possible to create a stylish, modern look with the Our Legacy brand whilst maintaining an very understated manner.  Many people don’t like to be too obvious with the brands that they wear and instead focus on quality and the materials that they are made from.  Our Legacy does this as well as anyone.  Aphrodite Clothing have a full range of Autumn/Winter 2011 in stock now