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Barbour Showcases Latest Heritage Collections at London Collections Men AW16

Barbour Showcases Latest Heritage Collections at London Collections Men AW16

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I had the pleasure of attending Barbour’s recent LCM presentation of looks from their A/W 16 Night Watch and Ancient Tartan collections alongside its established collaboration with White Mountaineering. Combining tradition new with old from jackets through to shirts to  trousers and footwear. Barbour’s Heritage collections focus on slimmer silhouettes, clean lines and well cut shapes with plenty of attention to detail. Barbour is also showing two bags from its new accessories collaboration with British brand, Universal Works.

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Night Watch
Night Watch re-imagines classic Barbour styles into individual contemporary pieces that become a voyage of discovery. Each jacket is named after the eight bells used to regulate the sailors’ duty watches on board ship. The collection is inspired by the Beacon that has
stood watch at the mouth of the River Tyne in the North East of England since 1882. The Beacon, used in the early Barbour catalogues in the 1900s, encapsulates the authenticity and heritage of the brand and symbolises the quality, functionality, durability and fitness for
purpose that customers have come to expect.

The predominant colour throughout the Night Watch collection is black. There’s an innovative use of technical fabrics, pocket and zip detailing on jackets in a choice of longer and shorter lengths. Wax jackets feature clean understated lines with waterproof zips and
large pockets to offer the best in stylish weatherproof protection. The linings take the Black Watch tartan made famous by the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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Ancient Tartan
The Ancient Tartan collection pays homage to one of Barbour’s exclusive tartans. First introduced in the 1990s as a lining to the traditional Barbour wax jackets, the colours of the Ancient Tartan are used throughout this season’s collection. The design of the Barbour
Tartans is derived from the District of Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland where the family name, Barbour, originated in the 14th century. The Ancient Tartan is renowned for its strong association with creams, yellows and greens creating a wardrobe of clothes in a
sophisticated colour palette and practical straight forward silhouettes.

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Barbour x White Mountaineering
The Barbour x White Mountaineering capsule collection is unmistakeably Barbour with a dash of White Mountaineering’s signature style. The clever combination of Barbour’s classic
tartan lining and bold, bright overprinted colours in blue and orange in the Crux jacket creates immediate appeal. The collaboration celebrates the best of both brands with an attention to detail that is second to none.

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Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear said “Our presentation features the best of this season’s Heritage Collections. We have taken inspiration from our history and archive to create strong looks that remain true to Barbour’s DNA in modern, contemporary pieces that represent what Barbour is today. It’s all about the total look and no longer just about the outerwear.”

Barbour’s presentation this season was particularly impressive showcasing their unique style that I have always loved. I’m also especially excited about their new accessories collaboration with Universal Works (See pics above for the man bags). I can’t wait to kick around in street style with a traditional twist.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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