Weathering The Storm

Gentlemen, thank you so much for your patience during the past two months. Throughout November was the storm and stress of wrapping up life in New York, and most of December involved being bewitched by the magic of Newport at Christmastime while living in a construction disaster zone and a nightmare landlord. I also had an improvised workstation that turned me into a hunchback. On Christmas I moved again, this time into a fantastic place, but for the last 10 days I was working with my desktop computer on a bookcase! Only now do I finally have a proper desk and workstation, so beginning Monday things will normalize and we’ll brainstorm injecting new life and new voices into Ivy Style as we plow through our twelfth year.

So in the meantime, in the spirit of weathering storms, here’s a little pointer post to a recent piece by Esquire on the history of the Barbour jacket.

I finally got a waxed cotton jacket a few weeks ago, by the way. But influenced by Royal Male, the trad English shop here in Newport, I went with a Belstaff similar to the one pictured above. Never thought I’d go for a belted jacket, but then again I new thought of a lot of things. — CC

14 Comments on "Weathering The Storm"

  1. The photo of a Royal Navy naval commander looks like he just came off of a U-Boat hunting destroyer in winter in the North Sea. Very nautical and rugged.

  2. James ,Somerset | January 4, 2020 at 6:56 pm |

    Belstaff very smart,but i believe now owned by an italian company.
    Barbour still very much owned and run by the family that set it up over a hundred years ago.Very popular around here!

  3. I got my Border at an Orvis travelling warehouse sale for right at $200. Would not pay retail for one, but I’m glad I have it.

  4. Charlottesville | January 5, 2020 at 9:55 am |

    Great photo. I bought my Barbour at Harrods nearly 30 years ago. It’s not quite as battered as the one worn by Prince Charles but, like me, it’s showing its age.

  5. Vern Trotter | January 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm |

    Living in NYC, you can save at least $100 buying your Barbour by phone from Royal Male in Newport as I did my last one.

  6. Michael Brady | January 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm |

    My Barbour jacket expired as the result of a kind of “dry rot”. I had rewaxed it a couple of times, but the cloth just gave way eventually; certainly not from overuse.

  7. reppupstateny | January 5, 2020 at 3:23 pm |

    “if your’re going through hell, keep going”-it appears you took Churchill’s words to heart CC-glad to hear all is getting better for ya in Newport

  8. whiskeydent | January 5, 2020 at 7:21 pm |

    Weird. I saw that photo about 30 minutes ago and it was flopped the opposite direction. I have no idea which is right or where I saw it.

  9. Not to change the subject, but the Brooks website has “new” white and blue $140 OCBDs. The left breast pocket is back. The circle keeps turning.

  10. Include blue bengal stripe, and looks like all fits(in blue, white, and blue stripe).

  11. @whiskeydent

    FWIW, the photo above shows left over right “male” buttoning. I’ve also seen this shot in several books and articles

  12. Like the Prince of Wales, I have a classic Barbour Gamefair that was made in South Shields. It’s longer than than a Beaufort but shorter than a Border or Northumbria. It’s the perfect length for wearing over a sports coat but, sadly, Barbour dropped it many years ago.

  13. whiskeydent | January 6, 2020 at 2:08 pm |

    Good catch NCJack!

  14. Jesse Livermore | January 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm |

    Captain George Phillips took command of the submarine HMS Ursula in 1937. Submariners wore general Royal Navy issue clothing, and he felt dissatisfied with the existing protective clothing. Through observing one of his crew wearing a one piece Barbour suit, he privately approached Barbour and commissioned a modification of a one-piece suit into a new two-piece design of jacket and separate trousers.

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