Tuesday, January 4, 2011

proper vintage

Steve McQueen is undeniably a style icon. Guys wanted to be him, women wanted to be with him. Masculine. Athletic. Tailored. Street chic. Effortless. Qualities all the best designers aim to incorporate.

I can't get enough of this Barbour jacket from J.Crew. I've always loved pieces with character, where authentic vintage inspiration is done properly with a modern twist.

Rugged enough for the British Royal Army and cool enough for Steve McQueen, the International was first designed back in 1936 and has been worn by serious motorcyclists and easy riders ever since. Now, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, the original is back, faithfully replicated in the authentic A7 block with the original coloring and 8-ounce Sylkoil waxed cotton, designed to protect against foul weather and high winds, no matter what your speed. True-to-tradition details include an authentically distressed finish, aged snaps, a Union Jack-team embroidered badge and an enamel pin, as well as a full ancient tartan lining for a warm and easy fit. Available in extremely limited numbers, and you'll only find it here at J.Crew. Standing collar with buckle closure. Snap closure. Removable self belt. Front and back patch pockets. Adjustable snaps at cuffs. A Collector's Item. Made in England. Spot clean. $US 849.

Paired with your favourite denim and tshirt for a quick drink, or over gray wool trousers and a button down dress shirt, this jacket emits serious style.

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