Questions for Alice
A discussion with Alice Temperley about the new Barbour Gold Label collection
Why do you want to do a collaboration with Barbour?
I have worn Barbour since I was a child. I grew up in the countryside and always used to wear my parents’ Barbour jackets. It is a fantastic British heritage brand and I was absolutely thrilled when asked to collaborate.
What is it that you admire about the Barbour brand?
I admire that they have always stayed true to what they originally started with. It is a great British brand and they make clothing that lasts for years and years, real classics. Barbour is brilliant at reworking a perfect formula and it is exciting to combine what we do with that.
Barbour’s 117 years old and Temperley is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – how will you use the collaboration to bring the two brands together?
Temperley is a very feminine brand, with a focus on timeless designs with meticulous detailing and embellishments whereas Barbour is all about practicality and outerwear. I absolutely loved combining the two, it appealed to my eclectic approach to design and style.
What elements of your design will you add to Barbour Gold Label by Temperley?
It has elements of both Temperley and Barbour and is a great mix of fashion and functionality. It features leather trimmed detailing, quilted shoulder details, nipped in waists, leopard print lining. You certainly see an essence of the Temperley detailing throughout mixed with traditional Barbour elements.
Which materials will you work with?
I have worked with traditional Barbour materials, like the wax but also introduced leathers, different textures and chunky knitwear. I wanted to keep the range classic, with jackets and knitwear to keep for years and years to come, yet still fresh and versatile.
What interests you most about the Barbour archives?
The heritage and seeing how things have changed over time. However, saying that, it is also very interesting to see styles from the very beginning that are very relevant today. We looked at all the details, the old classic antique wax jackets. It was a fantastic experience to visit the archive and to see where it all comes from, the consistency and how the brand has evolved.