Bill Zeiser

How the Barbour cracked America

The royals' favourite coat is becoming a wardrobe staple in the States

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King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, tours Barbour in 2021 [Alamy]

I own a motorcycle riding jacket that is unabashedly a fashion piece. It contains armour made of a space-age material that hardens on impact but that is hidden away. The outside is constructed of ‘pull up leather’ which was tanned in such a way that the jet-black colour artificially fades in places that see a lot of motion, like the cuffs.

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