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Back in March of this year I tweeted a picture of the Paul Smith X Barbour collaboration, now at the time this was something that excited me a greatly, two of my favourite brands coming together to produce one GREAT range, almost making you think, why didn’t this happen sooner? Two great British companies, one an award winning, world renounced designer known for his excellent tailoring skills and quirky sense of humour which is always apparent in his clothes. The other a world-class brand with an enviable heritage of nearly 120 years, known for its quality, attention to detail and timeless style. Now at the time of tweeting this image I had no idea what I was about to unleash, almost instantly that familiar sound of an email alert on my phone started to ping like an early 80’s Kraftwerk track. Then literally from all over the world the tweet had been retweeted and retweeted plus enquiries about where and when it would be available followed. Guys from Kildare to Korea were excitedly chatting about this project. This concept-based collection offers a considered edit of high quality casual pieces, which are destined to become classics. Paul Smith as always, adds his distinctive, ’classic with a twist’ signature to jackets, shirting, t-shirts and trousers. Drawing inspiration from Barbour’s longstanding industrial roots, iconic outerwear styles have been created to complement and reflect the core values and purposes that have shaped the brand. Key pieces include the mariner-style Seafarer, based on a classic Barbour jacket, inspired by an antique sail discovered by Sir Paul. Produced in heavy beeswax cotton. Also, the Fieldman Trad, in traditional olive, is a celebration of reinforcement and construction; typical areas of wear are stitched with heavier-weight waxed cotton to create a textured panel finish, which in turn extends the working life of the jacket. Now then, this isn’t the only great collaboration Barbour has worked on for the autumn. This great British institution has been busy working with an all American brand from across the pond. While visiting the Barbour HQ in South Shields, UK, the Jack Spade team was allowed unprecedented access to Barbour’s archives which ultimately inspired the design of four bags for the Barbour + Jack Spade collaboration. In particular, Jack Spade was inspired by one customized Bedale jacket, sent in by a British Marine Captain who requested updates including the addition of cordura nylon patches to areas of abrasion. This, along with the many functional elements of the other rugged archival pieces, drew Jack Spade to combine some of their signature materials like waxwear with cordura nylon. Four bag styles feature a tote, duffle, briefcase and pocket messenger all with a removable tablet pouch inspired by the external shell pockets on Barbour jackets. The outerwear consists of the Plimpton, a Beeswax Solway jacket and the Hopper, a Shawl Collar Bedale jacket. All styles feature Barbour’s signature interior plaid lining.