Local heritage and lifestyle brand Barbour have teamed up with Vans to bring an AW12 Capsule collection as part of the Vans premium California range. Three signature Vans styles – the Classic Slip-On, Classic Era Wingtip and Chukka Del Barco, Barbour Salehave been reworked to create a new guise that represents durability, style and functionality, characteristics that are synonymous with both brands. The four-piece ‘Land & Sea’ collection melds together the South Shields-based label’s rich heritage and fabric nous with Paul Smith’s quirky, idiosyncratic detailing, using Sir Paul’s ever-growing collection of trinkets as source for his contemporary styling. The Fieldman Jacket utilises the classic silhouette of Barbour’s Beaufort Jacket, adding patches in a variety of weights to give the coat a rugged, well-worn aesthetic – inspired by the patching used by Northumbrian farmers on their own jackets – whilst demonstrating the true craftsmanship that goes into each piece. The Seafarer Jacket is inspired by an antique sail found by the Nottingham-based designer, constructed from 8oz beeswax cotton with original boat demarcation numbers reverse stitched on certain panels. Both jackets feature a breton wool lining with finishing touches such dual branded snap buttons and side seam tab.
The waxed cotton uppers make this collaboration unmistakeably Barbour Online, with the unique reversed waffle outsole providing extra traction in true Vans style. Together they create a collection of casual shoes that are both water-resistant and suited to the current harsher season. Hints of tartan plaid, corduroy and leather complete a strong outdoor Barbour uk aesthetic that reflects upon both brands and the hard wearing nature of the collection.
A collaboration between two of the most revered names in British fashion history, Barbour and Paul Smith blend their unique styles to create a collection that showcases what both brands are renowned for. The collection pays homage to Barbour’s roots in the North East England, taking inspiration from the traditional, and in some cases almost extinct, industries of the area such as Shipbuilding, Fishing, Mining and Farming, lifestyles that Barbour has unwaveringly served throughout its history.
The jackets are neatly complemented by the Stevedores Shirt in two shades of chambray. Inspired by the workers (known locally as Stevedores) who handled the goods on and off the boats in the Port of the Tyne, the shirt has hints of Paul Smith’s tailoring pedigree whilst utlising more workwear inspired details such as reinforced ergonomically tailored elbow patches in soft corduroy, giving the shirt a casual feel.
Now in its second season, Barbour London the collection comprises of a range of jackets from the International range, all of which are finished with the Stars and Stripe patch to the left chest. The stand-out piece is quite rightly, the Baker Jacket, which is based on Barbour’s original A7 International motorcycle jacket; constructed from heavyweight 8oz waxed cotton with a quilted American flag lining. The jackets are complemented neatly with an assortment of knitwear, shirts and printed tees, all of which imbue a definite touch of McQueen’s sense of style. The collection is rounded off with a superb holdall inspired by the McQueen masterpiece ‘Bullitt’, utilising the shape and design of Barbour’s famous waxed holdall.