As the summer prepares to come to a screeching end and the colder seasons creep in, it’s essential for men, especially in the Windy City, to start transitioning their wardrobes to chill-proof apparel. To prepare men for the brisk weather, Jack Spade and Barbour have united, creating a limited collection, consisting of two jackets and four bags, that puts a unique twist on classic outdoor fundamentals.
The collection, which launched Thursday at select Jack Spade and Barbour stores in the U.S. and the U.K. and at jackspade.com, is the best of both brands — while Jack Spade’s classic aesthetic shines, it doesn’t muffle the rugged construction Barbour has mastered. The collection is right in time, as another wave of British-influenced apparel has reemerged this upcoming season.
Both the outerwear and bags feature Barbour’s legendary waxed canvas as well as Barbour tartan for the lining. The bag options, including messenger, tote, weekender and briefcase styles, are enhanced by details like Italian leather straps and handles and custom brass hardware. All four bags come in the same dark olive green colorway, which adds an outdoor feel when combined with the exterior fabric.
While I loved all four options, I have a certain affinity for the briefcase. It’s slender enough to style as just a briefcase, but large enough, with many compartments, for it to function as a day bag or carry-on bag for those who travel frequently.
While I’m not really a fan of outdoor-styled outerwear, I couldn’t help but love the Hopper because it felt like something familiar. The Hopper reminds me of the jackets my grandfather used to wear during the winter. Those familiar with the brand would appreciate the classic material designed to repel the wind and rain, updated with slight detailing, such as colored interior lining and Patriotic-colored button holes.
Prices for the line range from $245 (for the pocket messenger bag) to $799 (for the Hopper jacket). The collection aims to present men with apparel that combines timeless style with functional design.
Which piece are you feeling?