I have so many reason to love this Barbour jacket.


First of all, I’ve owned this one since 1996 from one of my first trips to Paris. In that time, we’ve both added a bit of wear and wrinkles.  Secondly, after having the coat almost totally repaired (yes, there is such a thing as too many rips and wrinkles), we are finally back to the sweetspot of just-the-right-amount-of-rips-and-wrinkles.


I think I have two more seasons before its back to the repair room and the long re-breaking in period begins again.  Until that time, I will be happily Barbouring around Manhattan and across the globe.


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  1. Mr Essentialist

    October 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I love my wax coat – it’s basically what got me through four years at university in Scotland.

  2. chris gaiman

    October 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve got the same jacket, purchased in London in the mid 1990s. Since I live in LA, I only get to wear it a couple times a year and when I travel.

    It’s been rewaxed by Barbour – the best, most reasonably priced service ever. It will never wear out.

  3. Aristide

    October 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The Aspesi Lambrettone still my favourite….

    • LS

      October 18, 2013 at 3:22 am

      not comparable though.

  4. Birger

    October 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Have almost the same. Best piece of kit to own. Mine is af Beaufort though, while yours appears to be a Bedale. Dont know the difference.

    • Olaf

      October 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Beaufort is longer and has got a big pocket in the back (if I remember right). Lining is different too.
      Bedale’s meant for riding, while Beaufort for haunting, so they use to say that first one is more suitable for women and the other for men.
      To me, it’s just a matter of taste (and height, of course).
      I’ve got a Bedale too.

    • Cheef

      October 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Beaufort is longer and has zip pockets in the back.
      I think the pockets are for gun cartridges and small birds (hunting).

      Bedale has button snaps vents that allow you to sit on a horse just in case that’s your thing.

      BTW, there’s a slim version of the Bedale called the Ashby.

  5. Isabel

    October 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Some things are just meant to last forever…

  6. Callum

    October 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Brilliant, nice repair work. Looks like some unique stitching on the front, along the chest and between the big pockets…

  7. Denisa

    October 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Your jacket looks really good. I like it.


  8. cdmc

    October 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    just perfect !
    have the same one !
    every girl and boy must have one in her/his wardrobe !

  9. Nomadic D.

    October 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Gorgeous! Nothing like a beautifully aged Barbour. I’ve had mine for about 20 years and I think it’s due for a professional waxing. Excited (and nervous) to see how it comes out!


  10. Kris

    October 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I have the same one. I think…the Bedale. It’s bullet proof and layered with a denim jacket is sartorial murder. well done sir.

  11. Antony Levine

    October 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    i’d totally sport that coat. It’s winter time here in Cali in 1 more month! Brrrrr.

  12. PILAR

    October 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    A mi me parece que esta chaqueta esta justo en su punto ,como el buen vino.
    Un beso

  13. Jill

    October 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I love items that manage to somehow come with us through a whole plethora of experiences and memories. This is how I try to shop – always – and I get so frustrated when things don’t hold up like I expect them (or paid for them) to. Glad you have such a wonderful jacket and can still get a lot of use out of it!

  14. KatyE.

    October 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    The first thought that comes to my mind is….time to get a new one! ;-) I know we all get emotional attached to some items of clothing…but…there is a time to say- “Hey, you´ve done your job…you´ve done it well…now I will let you go!”

    Start fresh for fall and I´m thinking a navy one would suit you well!!!

  15. Mafalda

    October 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I had one when I lived in London, I’ll never forget the smell. Don’t really need it anymore in the South of France.
    Mafalda ❤

  16. Isa

    October 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  17. Greg

    October 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I bought my first Barbour jacket in 1994 at Harrod’s in London when i was a student. Exactly the same ( the Beaufort one isn’t it) I still have it but don’t wear it anymore. It’s retired !!! But noway to get rid of it…

  18. Lauren

    October 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Can we get a picture of you in the coat? Would love to see how a worn Barbour wears and why it’s perfect for you and your lifestyle.

  19. Nico

    October 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Looks great also with rips and wrinkles!

    lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

  20. Viktoria

    October 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve got almost the same for nearly 11 years, but it’s much older… bought in second hand in small eastern Slovakia city… just for 50cents… with some strange smell… which I’ve loved from very fitst moment… till now, as The jacket…

  21. milex

    October 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Magic, not a jacket

  22. Oonagh

    October 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Love Barbour and the repair / re-waxing service. I find their jackets a bit wide at the bottom for me, so I asked them to put in some extra press studs by the back vents so that I can wear mine narrower. They did a perfect job.

  23. une chatte grise

    October 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I know what you mean about the sweet spot. I once had an overzealous cobbler repair all of the popped stitches and splits on a perfectly-battered pair of loafers (all I had wanted was new soles). It took a long time to get them right again!

  24. Alan

    October 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

    For you its a Barbour jacket… for me its a Filson Tin Cloth jacket that I purchased in Seattle in 1973. These wax/oil jackets hold up very well. Mine looks like its never been worn – although its traveled almost a million miles. Now if I could do something about those little rips, tears and wrinkles to my body.

  25. Stoer

    October 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Love this jacket, a customer of ours bought a new one a few weeks ago and left his old one to us, so we framed it… it had 25 years in its back..

  26. viva1721

    October 18, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Please to read this post. My Beufort Classic is part of my life and travelling around the globe experience. I love it and I’m looking forward to wear it very soon again this season.

  27. treintamasdiez

    October 18, 2013 at 4:34 am


    Tengo uno y me encanta pero está mucho peor que el tuyo. Lo uso cuando voy al campo. Me resisto a tirarlo.

    Un beso


  28. Jm

    October 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I have two, a field jacket that I’ve had for 15 years and is worn daily fall and early spring and an International which is my favorite jacket for motorcycling. To the International I’ve added CE soft armor protectors to the shoulders and elbows.

  29. Robin

    October 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    that’s about how mine (Beaufort) looks, and it is about the same age. Love these things. I also love the smell of the wax. It’s Barbour season again!

  30. Elizabeth

    October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Also you can order the jackets with extra long arms (good for my very tall dad)

  31. Mariuca

    October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Oh my god! I have the same barbour!! It’s a classic! The last month on my monthly favorites I showed my friend’s barbour, which is like a stormy vintage blue-ish. I’m sure you would love it.

  32. Amalia

    October 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I wish you many years of health, to enjoy this many more years. And why not,new to come . Big hugs from Greece. Amalia (always hoping for a trustful Google translator)

  33. Hugh Gunn

    October 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Given the intrinsic longevity and robustness of the garment, it’s interesting to see how Barbours wear differently, and how that can set a specific tone in a look.

  34. Miru

    October 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I just love how you keep an old coat (no matter its label or price) instead of getting rid of it and buying a new one. Nowadays consumerism is sooo taking us up, that I find this very remarkable. Good for you! :)

  35. Jeron

    October 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Love Barbour … your jacket looks great. Bought my 1st Barbour item (Border jacket) 2 years ago. Question: how often is one supposed to wax it? Mine is still in great condition … but I like to be prepared.

  36. Nicole

    October 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Je suis aussi une fan fini des vêtements Barbour. Parfait dans les années 90, en vélo dans les villes de Montréal, au Canada. Ensuite encore dans les années 2000 dans mon métier de gardienne de phare en Colombie Britanique. Service à la clientelle impeccable.

  37. alessia

    October 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

    simply an icon!


  38. antonia

    October 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

    i have my beloved barbour jacket for years as well and for fall I’always excited to pull it off!!
    Does anyone have any tipps how to clean it?

  39. Juanita

    October 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Oh my God – it’s so strange for me (as somebody who grew up in 70′s England) to see the Barbour as a ‘fashion jacket’! It used to be soooooooooo ‘Hooray’! x

  40. bruce

    October 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Besdale jacket (wool cuffs) I have both. the quality is the same the cut is different. If in dough buy both! With so many varieties its nice to be able to change sometimes

  41. jaj

    October 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Great jacket! It just goes to show that classics never go out out of style. It has just the right amount of wear and character. I have a brown leather bomber jacket, that I bought in 1989. The lining needs repair, but it’s still great today.

  42. O&C Butcher

    May 27, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Still looks amazing after all these years!

  43. twmcdermott

    September 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Looks remarkably like my own, which was turned down for refurb last year since the cost would have been higher than buying a new Beaufort. Got mine in the old Orvis shop near GCT in November ’99 for a trip around China, including a run down the Yangtse through pre-dam Three Gorges.

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