As I walked into the open showroom one jacket caught my eye immediately. It was waxed, had the traditional label on the front pocket and was in the shape of one of England’s most beloved garments. Yes, this was indeed a Barbour jacket only there was something that was completely unrecognizable. There was an American flag lining the inside! It was love at first sight and I had to know more…
As it turns out, Barbour is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the ‘International’ motorcycle clothing range by launching a limited edition Steve McQueen™ capsule collection and the jacket that is the object of my affection is a part of this range. That would explain the giant American flag in a British jacket!
|Photograph by Francois Gragnon|
You may not know that Steve McQueen was a Barbour addict. The great man lived and raced in his Barbour around the world. In 1964 McQueen raced in the International Six Day Trials in Easy Germany, an event which sees each rider covering 200 miles a day in the race. Steve McQueen’s team, on the way to Germany, made a special trip to London to buy Barbour jackets specifically for the race. They recognized that the design was perfect for the difficult terrain they would travel in less than ideal weather conditions. McQueen fell in love with Barbour and the rest is history. And today we have a glorious collection to commemorate a talented man with great style.
So there’s more good news. The collection is not limited to my one must have jacket. There are also shirts, tees and even knitwear (which is also completely covetable). All of the pieces are inspired by photos of Steve McQueen taken from the archives. Oh if only we could buy a man that was a dead ringer for the man himself! In the meantime we’ll just have to dress our men in the collection to compensate. But ladies, this collection has a great rugged look that is made for your man but can easily be adjusted here and there to work in your wardrobe. There are a few pieces I’ll be incorporating immediately once the collection is released in August!