- September 6th 2017
When John Barbour founded J Barbour & Sons Ltd in 1894, his vision was to create a wardrobe of clothes based on the founding principles of quality, durability, attention to detail and fitness for purpose. In 1908, Malcolm Barbour, John’s son, introduced the first Barbour catalogue. Barbour’s customers not only wanted outerwear, so in 1914 John Barbour introduced the company’s first collection of men’s shirts. Called ‘men’s good shirts’.
This season, we use our Scottish roots to good effect, delivering elegant country checked shirts with the following themes…
Based on the Ayrshire District Tartan, the area from where the Barbour family originated in the 13th century, Barbour’s exclusive tartans were first introduced in 1998. Working with tartan specialist Kinloch Anderson, the Barbour tartans were designed to reflect the colour images of Barbour’s iconic jackets in a distinctive tartan sett.
Barbour’s country check shirts take the rich colours of the British countryside, designed for a life outdoors. Ideal to be worn with chinos tucked in for a smarter look or worn over jeans for a more casual weekend style.
Inspired by Barbour’s Scottish roots, this season’s Highland Checks make a statement. Checks are big and bold in bright colours and designed to be worn over jeans for a casual relaxed look or tucked in for a smarter style. Barbour’s Highland Check shirts are beautifully tailored through the body to give a slimmer appearance to the silhouette. Sleeves are narrower around the biceps for a defined shape to the forearm and cuff.
Plain & Twill
A smart plain coloured shirt is a must for every gentleman’s wardrobe. Versatile and elegant, Barbour’s plain cotton shirts in a choice of classic colours are timeless. Twill shirts offer the perfect alternative – in heavier brushed fabrics and cords, they create a soft luxurious feel.
Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you a short series of guest blog posts from the Editor-In-Chief of British GQ, Dylan Jones on why every man needs a country check shirt and the history of the checked shirt, plus some exclusive interactive look books on the Barbour Facebook page, so don’t forget to follow us here to find out more.
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