You can’t beat a bit of Barbour. True dat innit. No matter how ubiquitous certain models in their roster become – Internationals or Chelsea Quilts – amongst the ‘Vans wearing, shop at Next‘ hoardes, the British brand will always have a place in the jacket wardrobes of discerning blokes (like what we are).
As much as I love dressing along ‘Nordic Fisherman Chic‘ lines – where bright yellow & orange waterproof smockage and bucket hats are the order of the day; there is something quintessentially British (but in a good way, if that’s possible) about getting togged up in J.R. Hartley steez.
Ignoring the recent Made For Japan range (which is STUNNING) you’ll find no finer wax jacket for town or country pursuits at the moment than the Barbour Fishing Standen. A jacket as much at home tickling trouts on the banks of the Irwell as tickling old-trouts at last orders at the bar of the Irwell Arms.
A ‘Classic’ model (you try talking about Barbour without using that adjective) that has been updated and made available for the warmer months (what I like to call ‘Beer Garden Time’) in a lighter weight waxed cotton outer, high tech tartan lining and a more slimmed down profile.
But lets be honest, if you can see past that detachable, drawstring hood, cord collar and them endless pockets you’re a greater man than me.