Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Heritage Jacket

I'd fancied myself a Barbour jacket for a while and my Gran decided I should be treated to an early Birthday present - much to my delight!

Barbour is a brand that has a rich history and has become well-established as a iconic British company. The heritage brand has been around since 1894 and is a 5th generation family owned business - still manufactured by hand in the factory in South Shields. Originally intended for the outdoors it has now become luxury fashion brand - authentic and whole-heartedly British.

Their waxed-cotton jackets have become iconic and are very distinctive, spawning many high-street copies. But the originals are definitely an investment piece. They have a lasting-quality, they are durable, robust, classic and now a staple. Synonymous with country escapes and great outdoor pursuits they have also made the move into the city - bridging the gap between fashion and function.

Barbour states that their clothing; "brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing." And they really are 'glamourous' pieces in their own special way, with a luxe and elegant air about them, hinting at their heritage history.

The waxed cotton clothing is some pretty darn tough fabric and as soon as you slouch it on you feel wrapped up against the elements. It is a real investment piece as well when you consider that the fabric is actually supposed to improve with age.

So anyway, as you might be able to tell, I'm a fan of the heritage brand!

There are loads of different versions and mine has an authentic tartan lining, with an iconic diamond-quilted design covering the jacket. It's a comfortable and relaxed fit in a versatile navy colour and a classic corduroy to complete the look.

And the best bit - the cosy hand warmers! There was actually squeals of delight when we discovered them in the shop.

It's a great item to have hanging in the cupboard and will last you for years - a proper investment piece that you'll never regret.

For my journey back to Glasgow from the Peak District I wore a soft knitted jumper, statement necklace, jeans and shiny brogues, lovely lovely.

Jacket - Barbour
Jumper - H&M
Jeans - Topshop 
Shoes - Next 
Necklace - H&M 

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