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Saturday, January 1, 2022

Barbour Coat's Last Chapter?

 

A question for the community:  

What do we do with much loved and much worn (out) Barbour coats?  I received a new Barbour Border last Christmas to replace my rotting and easily tearing Beaufort…but I cannot bring myself to part with the Beaufort.  Sending it back for repair would be prohibitively expensive.  Need some suggestions.

 

18 comments:

  1. Learn to sew on patches yourself. It can't be that hard if I did it to my jeans in college. They do not have to match.

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  2. So true, VV - plus patches add character.

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  3. Swaddle it with the love and care that befits an elderly relative you've adored your whole life, and who now is no longer...well, present.

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  4. Treat it as if it were a deceased pet, or a bible that is worn out, ripped, torn or otherwise not usable: bury it or burn it.

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  5. A patch here and there, helps to continue the saga! Mine like that, lay around in the boot of our vintage Land Rover, and our vintage MG Midget! Good luck, and thank you!

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  6. If you want to part with it anyway, see if Barbour is still running their re-loved programme: https://www.barbour.com/de/blog/reloved-selfridges
    (Their other blog posts seem to be gone.)
    Maybe something can be arranged with your local vendor or as a free return label.

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  7. Mallin and Son in the UK can resurrect almost anything https://www.mallinandson.com/jacketservices

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  8. Has Barbour closed its repair facility in New Hampshire? The English factory's repair charges are very affordable - https://www.barbour.com/uk/repair-service. Prince Charles's original Gamefair has been patched many times.

    Alternatively, buy some waxed cotton fabric from a reputable supplier like Halley Stevensons - https://halleystevensons.co.uk or British Millerain - https://www.britishmillerain.com/products/waxed-cotton/. Shipping costs should be reasonable.

    You, or your alterations tailor, could call or email the suppliers for advice on how much fabric is needed. You can then decide whether the cost of repair is acceptable.

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    1. I will add...Prince Charles' patchwork jacket is a bit hideous but still useable with tons of character and certainly an original.

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  9. They wear our? Didn’t see that one coming.

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  10. good evening from cornwall uk,Mallinandson in yorkshire might be able to bring it round.Bon chance

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  11. I would send it in for repairs! I have a much-loved and much-worn Beaufort of my mother's (thirty-three years old), and it needs both sleeves and a good deal of the lining replaced, among other things. I can't bear to let it go, so as soon as I feel I can part with it, I'm sending it in for repairs, although it would be as expensive as a new jacket. The memories attached to it are worth the cost.

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  12. If your Barbour has worn out - throw it away and purchase a new one.

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  13. Make it into a vest - could use the arm fabric for the repairs to the body.

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  14. I had $400 worth of repair work performed by Barbour last year on my 18 year old Beaufort. Of course I could have purchased a new one, but it’s mine and it’s got character and history that a new one can’t match.

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  15. We sent ours out for repair 20 years ago. It was kindly returned with a note saying “unfixable”. We continue to wear it to this day with respect and gratitude.

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    1. Hah - that's what my Dr said at my last check-up!

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