With men’s market week going on in NYC, a lot of people are in town and much is happening on the news front. On Tuesday I had a chance to meet up with the gentlemen from Beams+ for cocktails at White Star. Once the Absinthe arrived we quickly got down to talking shop. Seeing as Beams+ is my favorite store on earth, I take their recommendations seriously. One of the things that came up is a new limited edition line from the esteemed UK brand Barbour. The eight piece outerwear collection — designed by Japan’s To Ki To — is a hybrid of classic Barbour from the brand’s archives and modern technical outerwear. I took some time at the Collective trade show to investigate further. After coaxing the Barbour people to show me the line I was blown away by the collection.
A few things to point out. The line will be available in the U.S. this coming fall — which is great news. The bicycle jacket is pretty much the best cycling jacket I personally have ever seen. I will be owning that, for sure. In fact, the entire collection is one of the best things I have seen in a very long time. The range will only be available a select specialty stores, so if you want to carry the collection you had better get on it.