Wow. If it truly is a Barbour, than it is an old one. Barbour made tan coats only for a short period (as far as I know). Basically he got it to look like that because it has likely never been re-waxed. That process requires the owner to brush melted Barbour Wax (or oil if you will) on the coat on wear spots and overall- a ritual I actually like. When you don't do that, all the wax wears off and you end up with this: looks cool, but without the typical anti-rain performance of a Barbour. It's a nice, relaxed look and why such things will never go out of style.
Oh he looks so good. I love Barbour jackets. I've been sneakily asking my husband for one for about 2 years now! The colour is unique. I don't know, maybe Barbour was offering that hue back when he bought it?
Barbour jackets fade pretty drastically if you don't rewax them. His was probably a chocolate brown when it was new and he just hasn't waxed it in years. My flyweight Barbour was dark green when I first bought it and now it's a nice olive just by not waxing it for three years. If you put them in the sun the remaining wax just melts together and spreads more evenly.
I love how men's wardrobes usually revolve around a very few key pieces that show such love and actual wear. You rarely get that with ours, what with three different jackets for every day of the week and occasion.
yeah I guess wearing it actually does some good ;) my dads old military jacket had to deal with the strain of time and now it's the greatest shade of olive.. it's old and has to many holes and tears to count but I can't let go.
Some Tricks of the Trade- You could probably get a similar effect if you were to wash the coat with some new dark jeans- and or break up some willow branch charcoal (found in art supply stores) in your hands (dust some off so you don't over do it and roughly wipe them all over the jacket- focus on the high traffic areas like end of sleeves, pockets, collar, and button ares. Then throw it into the drier on medium heat for 15 to 20 mins. Also if you are anxious for your jackets and jeans to look more worn- wash then a few times with TIDE- it is the harshest of detergents and it's what the pros use in wardrobe for TV shows to break in cloths faster so it doesn't look like everyone is always wearing brand new clothes…
Like others have mentioned, I love the color play here. Navy with gray with black with cream? Very nice. What I don't quite like is the cut of the pants, but I'm wondering if the man's height is a contributing factor to how awkwardly flared they look at the ankle.
he's not Italian but German. Tomas maier was the Hermes menswear designer and is quite sucessful with his designs for Bottega Veneta and his own bathing suit line and Miami shop. Could well be that the well rugged look stems from the Bottega Veneta men's collection ;-)
I have a jacket just exactly like it, a Barbour Beaufort in Sandstone color. I am not aware that they were generally available, but in the last half of the 1980s I bought mine which was a special issue for Ducks Unlimited in the U.S. Just perfect. Has a different tartan lining which I have never seeen anywhere else, and the Ducks Unlimited crest in the inside back on the tartan lining.