Tokihito Yoshida for Barbour: SS 2011
Here are the latest pieces from the Tokihito Yoshida VS Barbour collaboration: these are some amazing limited edition items. Pre-order is available now from Number Six London.
Store Info: Barbour
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently been to Santander, Spain on work. Fortunately, I had some free time to walk around town (which is amazing by the way) and take a look at the traditional city center and its commerce. There I was, portraying the tourist stereotype as much as possible: camera on one hand, map on the other, roaming the ridiculously immaculate and organized streets on the expectation of finding something worth of notice. Being a tourist oriented seaside city, I was expecting fine shops of sorts, but I wasn’t ready for a fully stocked Barbour boutique.
Located in Calle San José (a perpendicular street to the main seaside avenue), it’s impossible to miss this uniquely designed store, whose aesthetic fits the outerwear and hunting rooted label perfectly. The space resembles a rustic mountain lodge, marked by a predominant use of timber and embellished with taxidermic motifs and hunting related paintings. Arriving at the entrance you’re greeted by the brand’s slogan: ”The best British clothing for the worst British weather”: if you’ve ever been to England you know how much sense it makes.
The entire store is dedicated to the British brand, with items ranging from its iconic waxed jackets to much more exquisite and hard to find pieces such as ties, gloves or cufflinks - all of which reek with the quality Barbour has got us used to. Among some of my favourite items were some amazing plaid shirts in flannel and heavy cotton, an amazing toggle coat and some regimental ties (counting out the outstanding waxed jackets, of course).
For a Barbour enthusiast such as myself it’s easy to get carried away, so just hold on to that wallet.
The owner, Edmundo González, also runs “Golf” - another great store on the same street worth checking out. If you ever visit Santander stop by!
Shop outside the box
Fashion has always been influenced by a variety of sources: designers, on their creative process, draw inspiration from whatever strikes them at a particular time. Some of the most iconic pieces and trends are captured from specific alternative contexts and then translated into fashion.
Two of the major current topics of the inspirational field are related to the Armed Forces (specifically the Army and Navy). This year was marked by naval and military motifs in all kinds of garments: striped t-shirts, peacoats, military jackets and shirts or combat boots. Despite the fact that some of the most renowned designers out there are dishing out their own versions of these items (some ridiculously overpriced), the truth is that they were originally produced for purposes other than fashion. So, the question is, why not go for the originals?
On my strolls around town I’ve found several hunting supplies stores filled with outstanding products such as vests, sweaters, pants, waxed jackets and boots. Besides familiar quality labels such as Barbour and Belstaff, you’ll be able to find amazing items from lesser known brands at great prices. The best part about it? These are garments that are meant to last and withstand harsh environmental conditions, so quality of construction and durability is assured. As far as naval pieces, you can try to score vintage items from thrift stores (peacoats are a regular find) or search for official manufacturers of navy uniforms such as Schott N.Y.C..
I’ve recently purchased a Barbour Eskdale Waistcoat at a hunting supplies store for a fraction of the price and I’ve got my eyes set on a great sweater. Here are some pics.