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.
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.
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.
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.
The waxed Barbour Tarras Bag is a piece of luxury that any man would be proud to be an owner of. Each year Barbour seem to release a version of it because of it’s popularity on the designer menswear market and in particular to connoiseurs of Barbour. Lined in an eyecatching tartan pattern, this is a decent size bag which will house a 12″ laptop. It is a multi functional bag with the additional pockets on the front to store some essentials when you are on the move. Finished with a wax coating for protection, this thornproof satchel will be an investment piece that will last you for years and never go out of fashion.
Reasonably priced at £125, you can pick it up from selected official Barbour Stockist stores now