This year Barbour celebrated its 125th year anniversary, the family-run brand which is based in North England was founded by John Barbour in 1894. Recently showcasing the latest AW19 looks at the Lanchester House during London Fashion Week Men's.
To celebrate the special mile Stone reached by the business, Barbour collaborated with Sir Ridley Scott designing a unique directors jacket. Hand drawn illustrations are featured on the back labels of the garments personally drawn by Ridley himself, a collectable 125-anniversary pin and a short film which was also apart of the collaboration produced by Sir Ridley Scott with the film being privately displayed to guest during the presentation at Lancaster House.
The limited edition range was inspired by the Iconic Barbour archive, designed for both men and women. The collection includes quilted shapes, waxed fabrics, and detachable linings. An earthy colour pallet was merged with a variety of textures including functional garments such as military collars and draw away hoods. The distinctive Barbour style was carried through the collection with British heritage producing looks perfect for both city and countryside.
The brand continues to stand strong having built a reputation on quality designed garments that are made to last. Originally created for mariners and sailors Barbour has adapted to fashion trends over time whilst still keeping a recognisably modern British look and country heritage.
Last Friday, British brand Barbour played tribute to its heritage with its Autumn Winter 2016 collection at London Collections: Mens.
With a focus on the entire outfit – rather than just the outerwear that the brand is best known for – Barbour showcased its 2 main looks for next season: Night Watch and Ancient Tartan.
Combining the traditional with the modern, the former offers a re-imagined collection of some of Barbour’s classic styles. With black leading as the predominant colour, the focus lies mainly on the innovative use of technical fabrics and the positioning of pockets and zips.
Wax jackets are the standout pieces in the collection and come in a range of lengths. Combining practicality with style, the functionality of every detail from waterproof zips to large pockets has been considered.
The second collection, Ancient Tartan, pays homage to one of the brand’s exclusive prints. Its design originates from the same Scottish district in which the name ‘Barbour’ itself originated in the 14th Century.
The Ancient Tartan was first introduced as a lining on Barbour’s classic wax jackets in the 1990’s and the colours took centre stage for Autumn Winter 2016, creating a sophisticated colour palette of creams, yellows and greens.
During the presentation, Barbour also showcased its fourth capsule collection with White Mountaineering. The collaboration combines the best of both brands with Barbour’s classic tartan lining the brightly coloured Crux jacket.
Barbour’s Director of Menswear, Ian Bergin, said the collection combines the best of Barbour’s archives with modern styles to “represent what Barbour is today”.