Barbour at London Collections: Men

Craig from Eldred Grove shares the AW15 collection by British iconic brand barbour, as seen at London Collections: Men

A beautiful tweed blazer layered over a quilted layering

For the first time at London Collections, Barbour is showcasing looks from its Heritage Tweed and Core Essentials ranges. Established in 1894, Barbour has a history and heritage of over 120 years.

As I was accepted late on for London Collections: Men it didn’t give me  a lot of time to apply for invites to the shows. I did send an email off to Barbour but was too late. Sad times indeed, but did I let that stop me? No! After making an acquaintance along the way I did manage to get in to see the presentation and I was pleased that I did as I am a fan of Barbour.

The Barbour models displaying the new collection

In 1908, Malcolm Barbour, the 2nd generation of the family introduced the Barbour catalogues originally created for mail order enquiries across the globe. Today, these catalogues have provided the source and inspiration for many of Barbour’s collections combining heritage with modernity.

Off the rails. Some classic Barbour pieces in the new collection

The Heritage Tweed collection takes its inspiration from the 1919 Barbour catalogue where ‘Donegal Homespuns’ tweed is referred to as a ‘lasting friend.’ Famous for its warmth and durability, the Donegal tweed takes its name from the county of Donegal in Ireland.

Distinctive by its speckled appearance and woven from woollen spun yarns through British mill, Moons, it is characterised by its plain weave structure composed of uneven slub yarns contrasting with the ground colour.

Rich colours in a practical quilted jacket
A classic Barbour wool coat
Camouflage prints featured heavily in the AW15 Barbour collection

Showcasing three colour stories of navy, olive and brown, all established Barbour favourites,wax cotton jackets such as the Tweed Durham Wax jacket are combined with a subtle and sophisticated use of Donegal tweed in collars, hoods, shoulder and elbow patches.

Quilts including the Baffle Quilt Down vest are trimmed with tweed to create smart, stand out pieces. Shirts and jerseys are 100% cotton and knitwear in 100% lambswool in charcoal, navy and Donegal green complement the range.

A chunky 100% lambswool sweater, perfect for the season
A 100% cotton olive coloured shirt, one of Barbours colours of the season

Cord and cotton twill trousers from Barbour’s Core Essentials range complete the look combining the heritage and tradition of the brand with modern day pieces in stylish fashion fits. Barbour accessories, a staple of the brand and footwear complete the look.

Ian Bergin, Head of Menswear said “This is the first time that Barbour has presented at London Collections. By showcasing pieces from our Heritage Tweed collection, we are able to demonstrate how we incorporate our history into contemporary pieces relevant to today’s consumer. By adding pieces, from our Core Essentials range, it becomes the best of Barbour – strong co-ordinated head to toe looks. It is no longer just about outerwear.”

The Baffle quilt down vest with tweed trim
Guests, photographers and bloggers alike view the collection
More camouflage pieces in the Barbour AW15 collection
100% cotton shirts and 100% lambswool knitwear
The models rotate and take their places

I was so pleased to have been able to see this collection. As an iconic British brand Barbour represents a level of integrity in the industry that other brands may not have and a heritage so rich that it cannot be ignored. Not only is That Dapper Chap a fan but it appears that model and style icon David Gandy is a fan too as while browsing the range I saw his familiar face on the opposite side of the rail! Needless to say it made the event and I snapped a picture to mark the occasion.

Model and style icon David Gandy peruses the rails
Mr Gandy mingles with the crowd
David Gandy and friend allows a photo opportunity

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