Friday, November 24, 2006

Barbour Coats – Just About The Best Value In Menswear

Barbour Coats are just about the best value in menswear.

The quilted jacket above is the Liddesdale model and sells in the US for about $145. I love mine, it is lightweight and keeps me perfectly warm and works well with both business or casual wear.

I also have the Bedale waxed jacket in original green. I bought mine almost 10 years ago and wore it until it was literally in shreds.
I simply took it to the Barbour store in New York and they sent it to be repaired. Unfortunately, now it looks just like new – crap! I should have had them only fix half of the rips. Now it will take me another 5 years to get it back into bad shape!


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  1. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    My grandpa wears his to shovel the snow.


  2. Butch

    November 24, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    Also like the Barbour stuff. (A nifty backpack equivalent that would no doubt survive nuclear winter is made by Filson–but y’all know that.)

    What is it about quilted coats of this sort? Instant chic, no?

  3. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    Ah!! the Barbour,they are now the emblem of country gentlemen everywhere and simply known as the Barbour.

    It is so incredibly stylish,the very model English gentleman.but be sure when to get a coat long enough to cover your suit jacket-you do not want the bottom hanging out.

    The Italians wear the quilted coats as no other,in incredable colours and sometimes tight fitted,as soon as it gets a bit chilly out….out come the quilted coats…with great scarves.

    Thanks Sart for showing us all the individuality around!

  4. Just an Observation

    November 24, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Couldn’t agree with you more Sar…Barbour is definiitely maximum bang for your buck when trying look drssed well and for the minimum financial investment.
    I would like to mention an english brand namely, Cordings also a great look …significantly pricier but a superior product also. I believe they are an English Brand……I think of think of them as Burberry without the Plaid ( novacheck) markings and trims ..which is perfectly fine by me …Burberry is actually one of the “say out loud” designs I like

  5. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    i’d tap that

  6. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    so funny … in europe we wear these to muck out our horse stables

  7. positively the same dame

    November 24, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    i hate when that happens! you could always throw it under a passing bus. this gentleman is lovely. he looks like he is enjoying his coat, as well.

  8. Danny Boy

    November 24, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! I own two… Try the new lightweight fabrics. Excellent.

  9. Matthew

    November 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    You are not kidding, my man. I also have a Liddesdale, and it’s ideal for travel, as well as climates ranging from NYC when the chill is on to LA after the rainy season sets in to (for all I know) Dubai in January. Honestly, I think it is the jacket perfected. What I did pre-Barbour is a mystery to me. Well, not really. I wore a variety of jackets ill-suited to conditions.

    The waxed coats are also great, but as they are truly hunting garments, the level of specialization, i.e. the close fit, can get in the way of more cosmopolitan wear.

  10. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    I purchased a blue quilted jacket like this a few years ago on Duke Street in London. It has been relegated to my closet for the past couple of winters. Coincidentally, I pulled mine out this week and wore it over a Brooks Brothers merino wool half zip mockneck sweater and two t-shirts. It’s such a great, casual all-purpose coat for our milder climate here in coastal North Carolina. Lots of pockets, too!

  11. Anonymous

    November 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    Wow, what a timely post – my husband and I purchased our first Barbour coats today, a waxed cotton for him and quilted jacket for me. We look forward to wearing them for a long time!

  12. Rebort

    November 24, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    I’m a sartorial newbie … I’ve seen these jackets around, but have no idea where to purchase.

    Little help?

  13. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Ogawd… he looks so endearing… would love to bring him home.

  14. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 1:34 am

    From fall to spring I don’t go anywhere without my Allendale. Barneys is carrying Barbour now so I imagine they will be everywhere. Luckily, the rest of the country hasn’t caught on to Filson jackets yet, an item Seattlites can still be proud to call our own.

  15. Ine

    November 25, 2006 at 4:55 am

    I love his shoes, love your pictures too.

  16. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 6:39 am

    I never knew those were brabour coats. They must be widely knocked off. I have one in a womens’ model. I like it, it’s good to 10 degrees.

    I would exercise some judgement as to whether they are good for business wear. It depends on your environment.

    Mine is washable and I like that. Commuting is messy and spots aren’t so stylish.

  17. mayport

    November 25, 2006 at 8:10 am

    Join the Chinese army and they will issue you one!

  18. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 8:28 am

    Aww, the look on his face is adorable! LOL!

  19. Jimbo

    November 25, 2006 at 9:12 am

    I agree! I got a quilted model last year – Orvis calls it a quail hunting jacket in their catalog – and it’s one of my favorite pieces of clothing. It’s the perfect weight to wear during the New Orleans winter and it always looks right.

  20. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 11:10 am

    great picture, great coat – and I love the shoes!!!!

  21. marie

    November 25, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    I love the coat and the humor in the post! :)

  22. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    In Italy the quilted coat is still popular but funnily enough associated with a 1980s yuppie look–it was paired with Lacoste polos or Brooks Brothers button downs, which at the time could not be bought in Italy…
    Attractive but with connotations too conservative for my liking.

  23. Anonymous

    November 25, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t know…can’t find a way to agree with the glowing appraisals of this style. Maybe I need to see the Italian version? Or the hunting style? This just looks too staid, too old-fashioned, too waspy, too non-descript for me to consider wearing…or to catch my attention as attractive on someone else.

    But then I prefer layering with higher tech stuff for winter casual/everyday-wear (GoreTex, Pit-Zips, fleece, etc) and something beautiful and wool or cashmere for dress.

    Could we see this in the Italian style (mentioned in a previous post) for a comparison?

    - JCH

  24. Anonymous

    November 26, 2006 at 7:43 am

    dude. you’re kidding me. in the holidays i WORK at the barbour store in new york.

    was it a woman serving you? in that case i can tell you who it was.

  25. Anonymous

    November 26, 2006 at 7:45 am

    ps. the new wax will come off if you hose it a bit, and just remember to brush your sleeve on your pockets everytime you swing your arms to make them wear. Shovind newspapers in your pockets also helps. so soes playing with young children.

  26. Anonymous

    November 26, 2006 at 7:48 am

    also, my brother might have been working there at the time. One of the people there was mother teresa’s best friend, another (the man) is an ex- fashion photographer, and my brother cares about his clothes almost as much as you do!

  27. ksb

    November 26, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    A link to the article about the increased popularity of Barbour jackets in NYC.

  28. Tamberk

    November 26, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    I just bought a black one a few weeks ago and I love it!!!

  29. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 9:03 am

    Over the weekend my aunt and my friend’s sister complimented me on my black Beaufort. I’ve had it for seven years now, bought it at Harrod’s. Perfect souvenir before returning to NYC. Had it re-waxed and repaired once. Left some spots unfixed to keep the character. My friend Molly says that the nicest men she meets wear Barbours.

  30. AlanC

    November 28, 2006 at 10:42 am

    Also consider authentic English makers John Partridge and Lavenham for quilted jackets. Roetzel specifically mentions Partridge in ‘Gentlemen’.

  31. georgemma

    November 28, 2006 at 11:57 am

    When I moved to Paris from NY in 1990, one of my friends asked whether that meant that I would be buying a “green quilted jacket.” I did, and I have been wearing it and subsequent replacements ever since. I had to laugh over the over-enthusiastic repairations made to Scott’s Barbour jacket. Whenever my husband gains weight, he lets me wear his until it fits again. He claims that there is no better diet incentive.

  32. Arthur Clewley

    November 28, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    I have a bedale too. You can go walking for a day, at least in winter, and carry a map and case in the pocklet in the back lining, bottles of water, or something stronger, and everything else you need in the other pockets. I bought it from the factory in Tyneside. Didn’t know they were seen much anywhere else except in the middle of a field or up a hill somewhere in the UK so pleased to know I am unwittingly wearing the same as the style concious new yorker.

  33. tintin

    November 30, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Alas, Barbour is now made in Eastern Europe. A shame.

  34. Anonymous

    November 30, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    What a sex pot i love bald men!

  35. Anonymous

    December 3, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I bought mine last year in Newport, RI at a store called the Royal Scotsman. It was a two piece job with a blue inner quilted jacket (like this gentleman’s) and an outer, brown waxed coat with great brass fittings/zippers. You can wear the quilted one when it’s dry and cool and the outer one when it’s rainy or both when it really gets raw. The British really know how to look good when it’s blowing!

  36. Anonymous

    August 31, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    For those who are interested, STP is having a clearance and there are quite a few Barbours available. I’m picking up an Allendale for $49.95. Get thee to their website!

  37. South London boy

    December 9, 2007 at 3:56 am

    I have Barbour Liddesdale jackets in green and blue and the more heavyweight natural-fibre Eskdale jackets in black, blue, and mustard. Just about the cheapest way of achieving a totally English style! if anyone is in London at the time of the New Year sales, I would recommend a visit to “The Highlands”, at the south end of Regent’s Street. Liddesdale & Eskdale & other Barbour bargains.

  38. Roslin

    August 2, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Bought a Light weight New market Barbour jacket about 9 yrs ago. Love wearing it for UK springtime. Just wondering whether it is suitable for New York's autumn in October?

  39. Anonymous

    December 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The picture is actually a Matt Barnes Quilted Jacket, not a Liddesdale. Retails for $250 at Orvis.

  40. Anonymous

    March 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Anyone looking to come across a little 'street' with a barbour should check out the durham model. It perfectly straddles the gentrified and mod looks and make anything you have on look sophisticated.

    Camden Market regularly has a couple. You just have to keep your eyes peeled.

  41. Eric

    May 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I agree with you. Barbour coats are an excellent value and they're great for cold weather. I like that they're so lightweight and go with just about anything.

  42. Anonymous

    September 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    How much did the label cost as opposed to the actual coat – this designer stuff is a rip-off!

  43. Dax

    November 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Fantastic, accidently I found this article. I bought mine Barbour Liddesdale, the brown one, a 3 weeks ago in Berlin, at The Barbour-shop on the Kurfustendam. I am very glad I bought one, with the special wash (no not the wax) product, special recommend by Barbour.

  44. Enrique

    August 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Mine is green, and is good for every ocassion

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