Flying the Flag for Britain with Barbour Gold Label
By AdFeatures | Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 11:12
Since the effortlessly stylish Kate Moss donned a signature Barbour jacket whilst enjoying Glastonbury festival all the way back in 2009, the British brand has enjoyed something of a rejuvenation amongst the fashion conscious. Barbour’s wax jackets were once the staple coats of every country living chap, but now you’re just as likely, if not more likely to see a bright young fashionista trotting around town in a Barbour Gold Label quilted jacket than you are to see one on the back of a farmer.
The brand’s popularity certainly has a lot to do with Miss Moss, but it perhaps also has a little to do with the recent surge in interest in our clothing and products being produced in our homeland. This year saw Mary Portas’ Kinky Knickers campaign really kick off, as she managed to source all of the fabric from the UK, as well as having had the knickers made in the UK by British residents.
The pants were a roaring success, and they’re still selling out faster than the factory workers in Middleton, near Manchester, can make them. Barbour has got a few years on Mary’s new venture, but the general premise is the same. The mainstay wax-cotton jackets are still made in South Shields, where the company started off way back in 1894. The jackets are manufactured by hand in Simonside, so you know that the product you’re getting is of the highest quality and has been made by skilled craftspeople.
This interest in sourcing skilled labour and fabrics from the UK is hopefully something that will continue to thrive over the coming years, especially if great brands like Barbour and Issa London continue to be endorsed by big names like Kate Moss and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton. However, the UK industry can only continue to grow if we as consumers continue to choose the things we buy carefully.
Supporting independent shops is just one way we can help the UK economy thrive. The Editeur are one such independent shop. The designer clothes boutique is situated in the historic walled city of Chester, and is a huge fan of Barbour, particularly the Barbour Gold Label collection. If you’re looking to support the UK economy, then popping in to The Editeur would be a great way to start. The shop stock a number of great brands, including Stella McCartney lingerie, Alice by Temperley, and of course, pieces from the Barbour Gold Label collection.