Originally Posted by CTBrummie
Picked up a Norton collaboration Barra jacket and it really is a thing of beauty. Worth checking the UK sales as remaining stock seems to be heavily marked down
Some nice touches
And the fit
It's a great jacket and it's more of a subtle head-turner (if you follow me) in real life than the pics suggest. Despite its heft, it's not a jacket for the winter unless you're layering underneath - I was actually surprised at this but happy nonetheless because it'll get a lot more wear now.
Only thing worth noting is that the wax has a very different smell to the usual thornproof odour. It's almost greasy, and the label inside states that there is a non-textile component of animal parts, which might account for for the smell. I'm going to drop Barbour a line during the week to ask about it...
Jacket looks great and a nice little write up.
I got the St. Kilda a couple of weeks ago. Olive color. Bit boxy, but that's the look of the coat and a great looking piece. Really screams Barbour heritage to me. Love that it's double breasted but that one row of buttons is hidden under the placket. Love the olive color too and the way the "wear marks" look on that particular color in particular. And as you say, some nice touches. Sadly those nice touches, like the leather bits and the plaid tartan lining aren't visible unless you're not wearing the coat. One detail that you can see that I like is the contrasting fabric at the cuffs.
I agree, definitely not a jacket for the Winter months. Much more an Autumn and Spring piece. That's one point about the AW collection that sets it apart from the SS collection as well. Much more versatile as regards the outerwear. The SS collection is IMO too bright for Autumn. Of course that's not to mention the SS collection doesn't look nearly as nice as the AW collection. Looks noticeably cheaper in fact.
Definitely a different smell to the wax. I actually like it. While it's waxy, I have a couple of To Ki Tos that are as waxy.
Got the Barra in sand, from Barney's in fact, last week. Wasn't as chuffed about it as I was the St. Kilda. In fact I was going to return it, but tried it on again yesterday and decided it's a keeper. Not as nice as the olive St. Kilda, but it's grown on me. Definitely use the tabs at the back to make it less boxy, and when I say boxy folks make no mistake I'm not some SF waif. Also have the St. Kilda in navy on the way. Still perhaps the best piece in the collection is the Uist. Not many shops seem to have carried it and I only know of one shop that still has it left. I almost grabbed it from Philip Browne, but they wanted 55 quid to ship to the States which is absolutely ridiculous. Anyway, while the coat looks amazing, it's probably the least everyday looking of them.
While I'm still sad to the see the departure of Tokihito and while Dept. B hasn't lived up to the work he did, I do welcome the Norton & Sons aesthetic. SS14 looks very disappointing, but if AW14 is near AW13 it'll be good.