PRINCESS DIANA WEARING A BARBOUR COAT DURING A VISIT TO THE WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND IN 1985. PH. TIM GRAHAM
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125 years of the ‘fishing and hunting’ jacket of the English aristocracy

At Pitti Uomo, the Barbour brand, exclusively distributed in Italy by WP Lavori in Corso since 1984, celebrated its anniversary with a collaboration with Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki

The customer department has very precise rates: £9 for minor repairs to pockets, £28 for replacing a zipper, and £30 for a full re-waxing – it’s recommended that this be done not more than once a year. One must fill out a form and mail it to the Simonside facility, NE34 9PD. When you think of Barbour what comes to mind is its characteristic oily texture – thornproof fabric is an insulating and water-proof material that protects from the rain, is resistant to tears, and is durable over time. ‘The best clothes for the worst weather’ – read the old slogan. Long-fiber Egyptian cotton, threaded into various thicknesses and then soaked in wax is used to produce this material. It was in 1894, at the Port of South Shields, a city in the county of Tyne and Wear, that John Barbour founded an import company for oiled fabrics and sold coats made from approximately 40 pieces of fabric sewn together with more than 15,000 stitches to the sailors. A smell that transports you to the middle of the marshes and greenery of the countryside during a fox hunt. The olive green colour and the corduroy collar, the tartan lining, the large-toothed zipper with circular brass pull tab, the gusset pockets with rounded corners, and the automatic snaps with oxidized finish which, even after many years, continue to close as well as they did when they were new.

‘The’ Barbour, the ‘fishing and hunting’ jacket of the English aristocracy – a royal fetish ever since July 1982 when Diana Spencer was photographed in the Scottish heathland wearing a Bedale with a hood. In the same period it became part of the late-paninaro urban uniform in Milan and even now, 125 years since its foundation, wearing one is an indication of good taste and tradition. The Barbour company, which has dressed the English royal family, is among the few clothing manufacturers to have earned the Royal Warrant three times, or rather the ‘By Appointment’ assigned by the Queen to suppliers of the Royal household. The company has also maintained its name, its family ownership (Dame Margaret Barbour has been president of the company for forty years, leading it alongside her granddaughter Helen, fifth generation, in the office of vice-president), and the recognizability of its jackets.

At Pitti Uomo, the Barbour brand, exclusively distributed in Italy by WP Lavori in Corso since 1984, celebrated its anniversary with a collaboration with Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki, while this autumn it will collaborate with British clothing designer Margaret Howell and introduce three jackets inspired by pieces from its archives. For this anniversary, Sir Ridley Scott designed a jacket for men and women – the Director’s Jacket. A lower pocket in the form of A4 paper was created to hold a script.

PRINCESS DIANA WEARING A BARBOUR COAT DURING A VISIT TO THE WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND IN 1985. PH. TIM GRAHAM
PRINCESS DIANA WEARING A BARBOUR COAT DURING A VISIT TO THE WESTERN ISLES OF SCOTLAND IN 1985. PH. TIM GRAHAM

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