Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
This pamphlet came out of an old repair kit. It's quite long and the pictures overlapped the folds, so I scanned part of the pamphlet and then slid it over a little to get the rest of the picture.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I posted an iPhone picture of this full page ad last month. Here's a higher quality scan for ya. Suitable for framing. Yes, I have it framed in my house. Big shout out to my fellow Barbourman, Gordon, for this picture. No date on the page, but it's from Bike magazine some time in the late 70's to the early 80's. Enjoy!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This is a great little booklet that came with a catalogue from the early 1990s. Please see the higher resolution scans on my Flickr page, since the type on the originals was difficult to read without a magnifying glass. Seriously. I like the side by side comparisons of the various styles of jacket. It gives you a good idea of the differences between the jackets.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
This is my first Barbour jacket, the mediumweight thornproof Gamefair. Longer than the Beaufort, but shorter than the Border. It has a single interior game pocket, two bellows pockets and two moleskin lined handwarmer pockets.
There was a "British Shop" in Newburyport, the town that I grew up in, that carried Barbour, they must have been one of the first importers in the US. I was in and out of there pretty often trying different cookies and candy and poking around. The jackets were less expensive then, but I remember thinking that they seemed totally out of my ballpark. Getting a Barbour jacket was always in the back of my mind from that point on.
A lot of the guys I work with were starting to buy Filson jackets for our outdoor work and I started thinking about that Barbour I always wanted. I bought this used on eBay, to see if it would "pass muster". It was a little beat up, so I had it repaired at the Barbour HQ in Milford, NH. It had a torn lining and needed a rewaxing. Not that big a deal and it was short money to make the jacket "almost new". The jacket performs great, except on super-cold rainy days, when the sleeves freeze up and on the hottest rainy days when it gets too steamy.
Since the Gamefair, I've amassed a pretty good collection, one for every occasion. Some were purchased new and some were purchased used and fixed up. I've also put on a few pounds since I started and my chest size has gone up, but I'm reluctant to give up my smaller size jackets. As long as there's room in the coat closet, they're not going anywhere.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Lark is a Vancouver clothing store that I first found while researching Barbour Repair Kits. They had some great pictures of an old jacket and a repair kit. Good stuff. They have a fantastic blog and I've followed them on their Facebook page. Great style and great presentation.
Here's the link to their Rewaxing Video
Here's the link to their site, Lark.