Biker chic has well and truly taken over our sartorial lives – at any given day there’s at least one biker jacket, a pair of leather leggings or Gap’s must-have biker boots around the Grazia office – and as is often the case in fashion, when a trend this strong emerges it’s worth going back to the original source. Barbour may instantly bring to mind the good ol’ British countryside or Alexa Chung at a summer festival but the heritage brand has no less than 75 years of rich motorcycling history thanks to its iconic International jacket.
Created, originally in green and later in black, specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials and loved by Steve McQueen as well as his stunt rider in The Great Escape and friend, Bud Ekins, it became the jacket for competitive motorcyclists for decades to follow. Luckily for us and in celebration of the International’s 75th birthday, Barbour has produced a limited edition loyal to the original design in two finishes; a box fresh version and for those of us that appreciate the odd crease or two, a painstakingly-crafted distressed finish, which creates the patina and look of an aged piece.
We think this makes a perfect ‘pretend’ present for your boyfriend, brother, dad. You know, the one you happily buy for them because they love their bikes, idolise Steve McQueen and live in hope they’ll one day manage to recreate that famous fence leap scene but realise pretty soon that it should be all yours because…well, it looks sooo good! Be warned; when we say limited, we mean it. Only 75 of each finish will be available from next month at Barbour's Heritage stores (on Fouberts Place and the new pop up store on Commercial Street in London), Liberty and across the country.
-- Kiki Georgiou