This however is another reason to purchase *vintage* Barbour jacket you understand..
Living in Florence, Italy, Barbour is not easy to come by.
Finally locating a high end shop which sold them, upon trying on the International after all the research and praise I'd read, I was appalled and disappointed.
Felt very cheap..it may have been only the 6oz, yet it was the wax version. Even "XXL" was too small on my 44inch chest, 6'1" athletic build....the arms, body, it simply did not fit well at all. How can arms be too short on a motorcycle jacket?
I really wanted to like these jackets, and following my gut, I got an amazing deal on a vintage NATO International...the original military one (M7). Size 44 proper. It is big on me, fits bigger as it should, that is..and how I'd read online they should be.
Built like a tank. I really stole it for an insane amount off the well known auction site....I won't even state the amount it was so ridiculous. No tears, holes, etc, with belt...I restored it, and it is like new...
I see these selling for quite a lot online now..same at least as "like-new" recent Barbour jackets that are selling.
Also purchased a vintage A7 for my father....built like a TANK also...just the same as mine.
The only jacket I found of comparable quality was the Mcqueen special edition...but the price...come on.
It is a shame they seem to be resting on their laurels to some extent. I realize the world is what it is today, but nevertheless, as most of us within this forum know and appreciate, quality and craftsmanship are paramount. This brings the exclusivity desired by the clientele who go after and have revered from past times marques such as Barbour.
Promoting their heritage alone without the craftsmanship is hollow, empty, and just rude.
And to try and outsource a marque such as Barbour seems as foolish as can be for such a company.
You remove that you have nothing. How can a garment with 3 royal crests be outsourced to Bulgaria?!
Better to reduce production and size and make them locally as without this factor the brand means nothing anymore(in this case) it seems to me.
But hell, even Gieves and Hawkes, et al. are outsourcing?! What is the world coming to..? How can a savile row tailor outsource abroad?
I know I know, they must compete and are forced to in order to survive inflation, rising rents, competition, and several other things, but it is just insane.
Also how items can be outsourced and how it all works to manipulate and still allow the "Made In" wherever...when it is actually 80% of it is not "Made In" wherever..
.... it is all so ugly isn't it?
Ah, what do I know....people must be buying.
But I digress..
Edited by demian19002 - 1/11/13 at 12:54pm