Getting To Know Your Barbour Jacket

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There aren't many more outerwear brands as iconic as  Barbour. From humble beginnings making watertight, versatile trousers for fishermen in the mid 1890s to collaborating with some of the most recognisable fashion names of 2016, Barbour has done it all. The company has evolved over the years, to keep on top of current trends and tapping into international audiences, all the while never straying too far from what made the brand a household name in the first place. 

The waxed jacket is probably what the brand is most well-known for, but choosing the right one for you can be tricky work. With so many styles available what actually makes each one different? Below is a breakdown of construction of the outerwear range, signature features and a guide to the various fits. 
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Construction

All of  Barbour's outerwear is made using a combination of machine and hand sewing in the factory complex in South Shields, Durham. The factory produces hundreds of the company's iconic waxed jackets every day, with each individual piece of outerwear being cut, hand-stitched, machine-finished and waxed in the space of just a few hours. Barbour notoriously has extremely high standards, with each item that sets foot on the factory floor going through a vigorous quality control check before it can be signed off as “fit for sale”. 
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Material

Barbour use a signature British-made heavy waxed cotton for most of the company's outerwear, but from time-to-time will also use a selection of nylons, waterproof cottons,  denim and duck canvas throughout its extensive collections. 

The most common material that Barbour uses is a 6oz Sylkoil waxed cotton with a matte finish. The jackets take on their textured waxy patina after many months of hard use, care and battling against the elements. As a general rule Barbour suggests reapplying  wax coating once a year - this helps with the jacket's waterproof qualities and longevity. 

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Metalwork

Metalwork and brass finishing is one of the many signature details that make Barbour products so well loved and easily recognisable worldwide. Expect to find  2-way zips, large finger puller - for ease of use when wearing gloves - trademark stamped buttons and brass throat buckle across each range. 

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Linings

Another trademark that Barbour loves to utilise is the tartan linings, which can be seen through the majority of the men's and women's outwear and accessories collections. The brand uses a handful of tartans, but none is as iconic as the company's green, red, white and navy check. This particular tartan pattern is exclusive to the brand and comes with the Queen of England's seal of approval. 
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Fits

Barbour currently offer a wide range of fits within the brand's core collection, with something to suit everyone's criteria. Most of the signature jackets come in a variety of fits; differing in sleeve length, body length, chest width, arm holes, as well as collar size and material. The fits can be tricky, so it's always best to try a couple of styles, but as a general rule try to buy the model that most suits your lifestyle. 

Consider what your daily work consists of: if you work outdoors you'll benefit from the flexibility and movement of a few extra inches of the classic  Beaufort. If it's more of a stylish, seasonal fashion piece, than the more modern slim cut Bedale may work better. 

The  Barbour International collection has been designed specifically with motorsports in mind, with the ongoing partnership with the Steve McQueen family estate being one of the brand's showpieces. Each piece of outerwear in the International collection features reinforced shoulders and elbows, a stand-up collar, slanted map pockets and adjustable belt fastening. 

Just consider what you're likely to use the jacket for and go from there. There's something to suit most niches or lifestyles. 
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