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Showing posts sorted by relevance for query Jackets. Sort by date Show all posts

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Barbour Beaufort vs. Bedale

Beaufort in Sage
Bedale in Navy

“In 1894, John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea Weather.”   
- John Barbour & Sons

Many ask about the differences between the Barbour Beaufort and the Barbour Bedale.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Overview of Companies, Past and Present (Including Those Often Referred to as Preppy and Trad)

Here is the most recent life cycle chart.  This chart is an opinion piece, for fun and conversation starting, not complete, nor actual analysis.

For those new to this, this chart strives to plot the current state of some clothing and accessory vendors - including some historically described as purveyors of preppy, "Ivy", or trad style such as L.L. Bean, J. Press, Brooks Brothers, and Ralph Lauren - as they evolve from young, innovative companies on the left of the chart to company shells/cautionary tales on the right. Many would also say that preppy and "Ivy" have become auto-antonyms, words that now mean the exact opposite of what they used to mean, when describing so-called styles.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Peacoats and Car Coats

Original Photograph from Archives
Sources for Peacoats, Car Coats and similar outerwear include:

Monday, November 9, 2015

Chrysalis Shooting Jacket

Trying on the Chrysalis at Newport's Royal Male
Chrysalis Shooting Jackets, Made in England:
For a cashmere version, The Ultimate Shooting Jacket, Woven in Scotland, Handmade in England, from Private White V.C. :

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Classic, Semi-Casual Winter Coat for Men

Original Photograph from Archives

First off, I would like to commend you on your fine blog; such a great variety. Anyways, I am hoping that you might be able to offer your opinion on something. I am looking for a classic, semi-casual winter coat. I often find myself just wearing a ski jacket during the winter months but am looking for something more appropriate and refined. What style/brands would you recommend. I am ideally looking for alternatives to the peacoat.

Here are some suggestions:

Tweed Shooting Jackets
Duffle Coats

Friday, March 13, 2015

Barbour Ground Zero (US), Milford, New Hampshire

There is a ground zero for Barbour in the United States, and it is their U.S. headquarters in Milford, New Hampshire.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Barbour Border

Which Barbour for a Tall Person?
The Border is the longest of Barbour's three traditional waxed jackets. The Beaufort is designed for shooting, the Bedale - the shortest of the three - was designed for equestrian purposes, and the Border is built for extended walks, in often inclement weather, across uneven terrain including deep undergrowth.

The Border is particularly good for the rainiest or windiest days.  And with a zip-in liner, combined with the extra length,  it is even warm in the winter.  Of course, the longer the Barbour, the heavier it will be.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Waxing the Barbours

How often should one reproof their Barbour waxed items?  The conventional wisdom is every year.  Surprisingly, a new Barbour may sometimes need it after just a few months.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sperry Top-Siders and other Boat Shoes and Shoes on Boats

Women's Bluefish and Men's Billfish
Boat shoes are an iconic style, made by a variety of vendors. Boat shoes and shoes on boats are chosen for different reasons.  For example, some reader opinions:
Our bowman on our Newport to Bermuda bound race boat swears by his Dubarry boots for a secure safe grip on a wet foredeck, warmth in cold weather, and dryness; they are light enough in weight to assure his nimbleness as well, Those leather mocs that Sperry makes are comfy ashore or out for a day sail on a perfect summer day, but many sailors change them at the dock before boarding for more rugged sailing shoes that both dry quickly when wet with salt water (leather shoes take forever to dry) and are also less slippery. As soon as you wear those Sperry mocs ashore you degrade the sole, they take a beating on gravel or pavement and are soon unreliable. I like the Sperry ASVs, others swear by Rugged Sharks and Harken, Musto, Gill, and Henri Lloyd all make excellent boat shoes. (Hearthstone Farm, June 4, 2014)
I wear Sperry Billfish now but mainly for their versatility. For true boating wear, I don't think that these are any better than the old Tretorn canvas pair that survived my tennis. The Converse All-Stars were great shoes but not the best on wet deck where the Tretorns pulled through just fine. I should get another pair of those.:) (James, June 4, 2014)
The [Sperry] Gold Cup are certainly more comfortable than the original AOs (blame the tautology on Sperry, not me) . Quoddys are great if you can spend that much. Rancourt is another good company for shoes made in Maine; worth spending time with either company discussing sizing before placing an order. (John G, June 4, 2014)
Some boat shoe providers are: