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There are few items of clothing as instantly recognisable as a Barbour jacket. From corduroy collars, tartan lining and of course their signature waxed cotton. But did you know about their renewable re-waxing techniques can breathe new life into your jacket…
A CULT CLASSIC
True to its activewear roots, each Barbour jacket is built to last and not something that wears, tears or fades quickly. Why? The answer is three-fold. Firstly, each seemingly simple jacket is crafted by experts. For example, an average jacket has 160 parts, not an assembly task for the faint of heart. Secondly, its iconic shape is both a beloved classic by ‘the country set’ and a go-to for festival goers the world over, toeing the line between heritage and relevant throughout the decades. Last but not least, the quality and durability of its renewable waxed cotton, when cared for correctly can last generations.
RE-WAX AND REJUVENATE
In this damp climate it’s little wonder that investing in a jacket that is renowned for its durability, weather resistant properties and a patina that just improves with age has gained popularity. Densely woven cotton once saturated with wax will naturally repel water, however it is the nature of waxed cotton for the wax to gradually dry out in areas that are in constant use such as the shoulders, seams and those areas that are subjected to friction e.g. pockets and creases in sleeves.. Instead of giving up your jacket for a newer model you can simply send it for a re-wax to the South Shields, the home of Barbour since 1894, factory in the UK or come to one of re-waxing events taking place in our Dublin store later this year.
A FUTURE HEIRLOOM
Extending the lifetime of your wardrobe is one of the best ways to be sustainable and is something Barbour have been offering for 125 years. It’s little wonder then these coats are so often passed from father to son, a usable keepsake or a future heirloom for later generations.
HOW TO HOME WAX YOUR BARBOUR
1. Warm your room.
2. Heat the wax tin in a saucepan.
3. Start with the back, use a sponge to work the wax into the jacket.
4. Next focus on the collar and arms.
5. Keep the wax warm by replacing the water in the saucepan with boiling water.
6. Fold over the arms to wax the front.
7. Flip the jacket over to wax the front, remember to wax inside the seams.
8. Whip any excess off with a dry towel.
9. Leave to dry overnight.
This How to Home Wax your Barbour information was supplied by Barbour. Ensure you put safety first when dealing with hot wax at home.
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This waxed wardrobe staple is not just naturally reusable and built to last but a firm A-List favourite from Alex Turner to Daniel Craig, which style would you choose…
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