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Prepping the Barbour for Fall

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

With Fall here and pheasant season quickly approaching I recently brought my Barbour to the store to be patched waxed and trimmed.

The whole process took about 3 weeks.  In all I had my jacket waxed, some holes and tears patched and the cuffs and hem trimmed with leather (they were beginning to fray).  I am very happy with the results.  The jacket looked like new from the waxing.  Patches were very neat and well done.  One of my only disappointments was with the leather trim sewn on the cuffs and hem.  While the functionality and durability of the leather is there (I will never worry about wear of those areas again) the sewing job was not perfect and from Barbour I expect nothing less.  That said, I am very pleased with my decision to have the leather trim installed.

In the future I will not have Barbour wax my jacket and instead will do it myself.  It was $30 for a waxing and doing it myself might cost me $8.  The patching is so well done though that I will always send my jacket in to Barbour for repairs.  They truly did a beautiful job. They list every patch to be a certain price but did mine for less because of the nature of the patches.  In all the repairs modifications and waxing cost around $120.  Much of that was for the the trim, which is a one time thing.  In the future I will only rely on Barbour for patching.

If your jacket needs similar work I would highly recommend going to a store and having a Barbour employee work with you to get what you need done.  If you have the time and don’t like spending money unnecessarily like me, learn how to wax your own jacket.





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Shirts for fall

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Originally English country wear, tattersall (a check resembling tartan), is a classic casual/weekend check.  Most commonly it consists of a light beige or cream field with widely spaced colored checks.tattersall

Tattersall is best paired with other items that lean to the more casual.  Trousers such as chinos, cords or moleskin do well.  More traditional, and a touch more formal, would be pairing with a tweed suit.  Traditionally, gentlemen would wear a tweed suit and tattersall when out shooting and in the country.tattersall with tweed

English tattersall shirts usually wont have button down collars but with the influence of this American trait many have adopted them.  This I see as a fitting feature as the tattersall is a bit more casual than other shirts in your wardrobe.

As for ties, I especially enjoy the pairing of a bold country inspired tie with tattersall.

mallard tie

Classic tattersall is a great way to embrace the coming of fall while still holding true to a classic men’s style.
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Suede shoes for Fall

Friday, September 25th, 2009

OK not just for Fall but I especially like suede when the temperature begins to dip.  Whether it be a Desert or “Chukka” boot  or a suede wing tip don’t be intimidated by the texture.Clarks Desert Boots Although you can get suede shoes in wide variety of colors they mostly come in shades of brown.  A brown suede shoe is just that, a brown shoe and can be worn with anything that you would wear a brown shoe with.  Suede is more casual by nature than polished leather and should not be paired with the most formal attire.  suede shoes with suit

Many believe that suede will be ruined forever if it even sees a raincloud.  This is a myth.  While you shouldn’t wear suede in a downpour, it wont destroy them if you were to get caught in a shower.  If they do get wet treat them as you would treat your other leather shoes had they gotten wet.

A vital piece of your shoe care tool box should be a suede brush and eraser bar.  Once the shoes dry the brush and eraser bar can be used to remove any spots that may have been caused by water.

If your suede shoes have discoloration that the brush and eraser cannot fix, take it to the cobbler for a professional cleaning.

Investing in a pair of suede shoes will help add character and depth to your wardrobe.


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Hats for fall

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

We are already well into September and the temperature is steadily beginning to drop. This means it is about time to pull out the fall hats. Here in New England it is not uncommon for the fall to have a large proportion of dreary days, but they are usually not cold enough for a heavy hat. For fall I enjoy wearing a tweed or waxed cotton cap. Flat caps, such as the example below made by Lock & Co. Hatters, were originally considered a hat of the working class but was also adopted as a gentleman’s country wear. Today it is appropriate casual headwear and does a great job keeping the biting breeze off your head.tweedcapBarbour also makes a light cap from their waxed cotton.  This cap is great for the rain as it is water proof and will keep your head dry.  For those of you interested they have discontinued them and a search may be required to find them.  At the time I am writing this they can still be found at Orvis.  Lock and Co. also makes shower proof hats that run more expensive, but they are master hat makers.

french connection porkpie

Gene Hackman wearing a porkpie hat in 1971's "The French Connection"

For more a more formal hat that will carry you through the winter (minus the coldest days) look to a fedora, trilby or porkpie.


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