When I laid my eyes on this, I knew I sealed the deal on a Christmas bonus.  It’s a wax you apply to your Barbour coat that keeps it water repellent, shielding it from the elements.  It is similar to shining your shoes, but more involved.


I know how much my boss (Scott) loves his Barbour jacket.  Actually, everyone I know that owns one loves it just as much.


Ladies and gentleman, if you have a friend or secret Santa with a Barbour jacket then this would be a pretty cool stocking stuffer for only $15.


If your man does have the time you can buy it at Jack Spade at the Soho store located on 56 Greene St, NYC or from Barbour.





Hey Justin, I saw this post in draft and just wanted to say thank you very much, very nice of you, a very thoughtful gift. However, if you think I’m going to take four hours on a weekend to rub this stuff all over my coat you’re crazy!




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    December 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    nice idea!!! cool picture!!!


  2. comme fraiche

    December 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I think I’ll wait for the spray version

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      You know, I never thought of that but what a great idea. It would probably make the process almost effortless!



      • Deniz Saylan

        December 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

        Yes. 4 hours for waxing a coat is crazy But it’s not the point. Craziness is the way of British life;-) I was the same opinion. But then Barbour Jackets came to my life…. And then, I ended up waxing at least once a year my jacket.
        But there is a trick! Apply it roughly, and the put the jacket inside out zipper closed in your dryer.
        After 1/2 hour to one hr. your jacket will come out perfect for the next thunderstorm.

        Best regards, Deniz

  3. My Vintage Curves

    December 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    It reminds me when I was 16, you weren’t cool in my high school if you didn’t have a Barbour jacket. I dreamed about it day and night for years!


    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I grew up in Georgia, so I didn’t see as many Barbour jackets. But, as soon as I reached DC for college and eventually New York, I would see them everywhere. It’s cool to see how engrained in the Northeast culture they have gotten.



  4. Kimberly

    December 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I am pretty sure its Justin’s job to do it for you. Just part of his Christmas gift!

    • sanmiguelense

      December 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Scott, clearly Justin suggested this Secret Santa gift because he wants to re-wax your Barbour.

  5. Mr Essentialist

    December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Having lived in Scotland for four years, all I can say is my Barbour probably saved my life numerous occasions. And I definitely re-waxed it!


    • milliG

      December 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      This sounds like good idea for my Christmas wish list – just relocated to Scotland, have to get Barbour to blend in :-)

  6. Daisy Nguyen

    December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    OMG – my hubby LOVES his coat – this is going in his stocking!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog: http://psbananas.com

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Daisy!

      I’m thrilled we could help…even though Scott turned down this idea. I’ll try again tomorrow!



  7. Denisa

    December 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    That looks great.


  8. Simbarashe

    December 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    That’s a great gift idea!
    We need more men sharing secrets..

  9. Russell

    December 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I have found sending mine back to Barbour for re-waxing (and minor repairs) is a better way to go :)

    • michael

      December 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I agree Russell. I once waxed a Barbour myself and it ain’t easy. Send it back for a re-fit, well worth it.

    • Nicola

      December 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Yes, having waxed it myself once, I’d much rather pay someone else to do it! Pity the wait is about six weeks in the UK.

  10. EloĂŻse

    December 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    already have mine! but really not easy to put on your coat!OMG


  11. Livs

    December 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Just a quick tip with this is to use a hairdryer to dry this evenly and quickly! So much love for Barbour!

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you….I will tell Scott!



  12. Gian Luca M

    December 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm


    Gian Luca M


  13. Biancamaria

    December 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks Justin! I’m gonna buy one for my boyfriend’s Barbour!!


  14. juanita

    December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Well Justin, you know what you’re next task at work is going to be! xx

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Haha, if I have to do it I hope there’s a nice tip involved!



      • Scott @The Sartorialist

        December 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        The tip would be, “wax on, wax off young Mr. Larusso Bridges !”

        • Colony

          December 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

          ZING. Ha!

        • Paco

          December 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

          Hahaha! Scott this is one of the best comments I ve ever seen…Old school never dies! Why don’t you try to start posting pictures under the umbrella of “Old Skool”? Just an idea :)

        • Tessarin

          December 11, 2012 at 6:00 am

          I can hear the whip, poor Justin

  15. http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

    December 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Great idea :)

  16. Claudine

    December 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    ” if you think I’m going to take four hours on a weekend to rub this stuff all over my coat you’re crazy”

    A servant to do it for you costs extra.

  17. Jules

    December 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the tip :D !!!

  18. Liz

    December 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    lmao this is so great!!


  19. dottie

    December 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Justin – OOPS!

  20. Chi

    December 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I tried the product..you got to heat it up in hot water to melt the stuff and start the rubbing….just like how you polish a car.
    Great stuff but I would rather get someone professional to do it just like a car wax! :)

  21. m.

    December 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    hi- its actually not that hard really, and its fun to care yourself for the things one owns..

  22. Steven

    December 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    A spray exists, however I am not sure if it is from Barbour, but shops specialised in horse riding and/or hunting will probably sell it.

  23. Joanna

    December 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Justin: what an excellent idea! but it is true, it’s a bit of a slog to do… I think it rather depends, do you want the bandbox-new look (getting your Barbour rewaxed by the makers) or – more cool, in my opinion, and sticking with the lived-in look (and doing it yourself, or getting your assistant to re-wax your Barbour)…

  24. Carl Pullein

    December 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I bought a tin of this while on a recent trip to the UK. I then rewaxed my 15 year old Barbour one Saturday evening. Yes, it did take a couple of hours to do it properly, but by the time I had finished I had a 15 year old Barbour jacket that looked brand new!

    The effort was seriously worth it. my Barbour is still my favourite coat.

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Hey Carl,

      There is something truly special about going through the whole experience. Besides, a few hours for one day gives you a fresh looking coat for at least another couple of seasons!



  25. umm

    December 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Wow, way to publicly shame your assistant, Scott. Between this and the ‘whatever-happened-to-the -launderess?’ post you come off as pretty bourgeois.

    • Justin | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Don’t worry, he’s not shaming me. We’re just having some polite public banter amongst friends. I’m his men’s fashion editor btw, nice to make your acquaintance!

  26. ron thompson

    December 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    1 hour on a 95 degree Summer day.

  27. barbour boy

    December 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    If you live in NY, bring your coat to Barbour and for less than $30 they will wax it for you. They can also repair holes, and check your jacket for anything that needs repairing. Very thoughtful asssitant gift though. Gift should include the labor, perhaps? :)

  28. Zoe

    December 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

    come off it – you will LOVE those 4 hours!!!

  29. Heels & Peplum

    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Funny!! This was my gift last Christmas!!It’s a good idea for Barbour’s lovers!!

  30. Christoph

    December 11, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hahaha, a really nice thread!


  31. Pampelmusea

    December 11, 2012 at 8:40 am

    And although I m so much bored by LV bags, I really like the pic with the woman wearing the traveller bag. Fantastic contrasts in her outfit.


  32. Bunka Sánchez

    December 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Nice !!! is a good shot

  33. Ian

    December 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    the Barbour repair kit makes a good present too


  34. Betsy

    December 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    This is such a good idea!


  35. Melissa Jackson

    December 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Absolutely love all your tips and fashion pics! Inspiring!

  36. Lea

    December 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    It just so happens that investing care in the things one owns is the secret to “ageing with grace” – that I have read you, Scott, praise repeatedly :)

  37. Linda

    December 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Perhaps Justin can add to his thoughtful gift by applying it himself?!

  38. Matt

    December 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Does anyone know if you can wax denim with this barbour wax?

  39. Martine

    December 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    How does it work? Does it really protect? I don’t really get how to wax fabric??????

  40. Deborah Louise

    December 25, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I wax my own Barbour. It doesn’t take anything like four hours – more like 30 minutes of actual work. Just do it in on a nice warm day and let it lie in the sun so it sinks in well. I don’t understand why people say it is such a hard job. Nothing could be simpler, and it is much better than sending your Barbour away for weeks to have it done – and trying to fill the gap in your wardrobe in the meantime.

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