This month I have been really excited about the idea of Barbour’s menswear team designing the Women’s Autumn Winter ’16 collection. The collection is very suitably called ‘Timeless Originals’, a fitting theme for the Barbour who have been making great British outerwear since 1894 thanks to Scottish founder John Barbour who started the brand J. Barbour and Sons in South Shields. He was the grandson of a prominent British oilcloth importer, and his passion for the fishing industry made for the perfect business after taking over the family business to produce waxed cotton maritime outerwear. We now know the brand behind Britain’s iconic breathable waxed cotton jacket with wide game pockets, storm cuffs, drainage holes, and that iconic Barbour plaid lining.
We could say that Barbour have always catered to their loyal customers with their classic shapes, while they have also continued to re-define their original maritime gear over time to speak to a younger audience. Queue the new women’s collection, a very timely addition to the Barbour family for gals today who love to roll their sleeves up and get their hands dirty. The new collection, tried and tested myself, is very much that of a w’menswear silhouette – inspired by vintage mens military, motorcycle, fishing, and hunting garments. Some of these classic Barbour features like the ribbed knit storm cuff have been accentuated thanks to a slightly shorter sleeve length which to me is a shape that speaks to our kind of crowd. We have Thom Browne to thank for that over a decade ago for shortening up the pant and sleeve meter.
This editorial, selected and styled myself, references history with pieces like the khaki drill Bombay pant, military shirts done in flannel, and a cropped version of Barbour’s iconic Boarder jacket, the motorcycle piece. They are all timeless originals, designed to fit a woman who is most at home in the outdoors.
/ Shot by Jean-Pharte in the Picardie region of France /