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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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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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