- An exploration into the two brand’s constant search for innovation through tradition.
- Collection offers a fusion of archetypal elements, showcasing two stand out waxed jackets utilizing the expertise of both brands.
- 25 additional Re-loved unique jackets have been expertly created, with all proceeds will go to the World Land Trust charity.
For the second time, leading heritage and lifestyle brand Barbour has collaborated with the distinguished Italian brand C.P. Company.
The second chapter of Barbour x C.P. Company’s collaboration explores the two brand’s constant search for innovation through tradition. Founded in 1971 by designer Massimo Osti, C.P. Company is known for its functional, military inspired outerwear and clever use of innovative fabrics, unique processing techniques and designs. Weaving this into Barbour’s classic waxed cotton, the collection offers a fusion of archetypal elements utilising the expertise of both brands. Organic waxed cotton combined with Ardanlanish tweed in a C.P. Company construction result in stand out, hard-wearing garments in an earthy color palette.
Mille Jacket, the Barbour x C.P. Company Creel Wax Jacket showcases both brand’s illustrious heritage and expertise. Featuring Barbour’s classic 8oz waxed cotton, the jacket is designed with optimal practicality in mind, featuring wrap around flap pockets and a detachable hood, emblazoned with C.P.’s instantly recognisable watch lens and goggles. Additionally, an adjustable collar detailed with 8-wale cord and branded cup studs seamlessly complete the jacket for a signature Italian sportswear finish. Inspired by the rich black wool of the Hebridean sheep once woven into this signature tweed making water-resistant, hard-wearing garments. Native breeds like Shetland and Manx Loaghtan produce colors ranging from black and charcoal which form the colour palette for this season’s collaboration. Natural plant dyes have been used to add brighter colors to some of the more earthy shades including this season’s new orange colorway which can be found in the Creel Wax Jacket.
The collection features two waxed cotton jackets. The signature Barbour x C.P. Company TC Explorer Wax Jacket takes inspiration from C.P. Company’s classic Explorer Jacket; The first jacket from the brand’s archive to feature the now iconic integrated lenses. This unique style has been crafted from Barbour’s classic 8oz cotton and featuring a heavyweight two-way ring-pull zip that continues up to the hood. A seamless fusion of the two brand’s most recognisable signatures, this outerwear style is also finished with C.P. Company’s classic watch lens and goggles, and a split compartment pocket to the chest, presented in either a black or brown colorway.
Ian Bergin, Director of Menswear at Barbour said:
“Iconic is a much over used term. But both C.P. Company and Barbour have a rich tradition of innovation, intelligent design and form and function. Both brands have created truly iconic products which are based on their use and practicality and through years become recognized as great products spanning generations and tastes. Massimo Osti created a design language condensing militaria and service garments into a recognizable design signature. Barbour has always developed products geared to protecting the wearer against the uncertain weather conditions of living by the North Sea and has a rich industrial past and still manufactures today in the North-East of England. Working with the C.P. Company team is always a pleasure and in this collaboration, we have developed pieces which are in some ways instant classics.”
Paul Harvey, Designer at C.P. Company said:
“Working with Barbour is always a tremendous pleasure since the two brands have so much in common, but this time was especially good as we finally got to taste firsthand the Barbour experience on the shores of the North Sea. We think the resulting jackets reflect the closeness of the brands and also their shared integrity in everything they do.”
Re-Loved Limited Edition Outerwear
The range is completed with 25 limited edition re-loved Barbour jackets, produced in Barbour’s factory in South Shields; each jacket is unique giving a nod to circularity to extend the life of each jacket.
The 25 Re-loved jackets will be available from 9th October on cpcompany.com where all the proceeds will be donated to the World Land Trust charity, an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats. For further details and to enter the charity raffle from 9 October please visit here.
The mainline collection will be available to purchase from 19th October on Barbour.com & cpcompany.com.
Originally established by John Barbour in 1894 in South Shields in the North-East of England to provide outerwear to fishermen, sailors and mariners to protect them from the worst of the British weather, today Barbour offers a complete wardrobe of clothes, accessories and footwear for men, women and children. Shirts, knitwear, trousers, footwear and accessories are now just as much in demand as Barbour’s iconic outerwear. Forever synonymous with the British countryside, Barbour’s collections now span from the best practical country clothing to fashion-forward lifestyle collections. To this day Barbour’s ranges continue to be inspired by the company’s archives which date back to 1910 – each season classic designs are re-interpreted into modern, contemporary silhouettes.
A family-owned 5th generation brand established 129 years ago, Barbour is a global success story sold in over 55 countries worldwide including Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the US and Japan. In 2020, Barbour launched Wax for Life, an overarching name for all of Barbour’s wax services designed to encourage customers to extend the life of their jackets. Wax for Life includes re-waxing and repairs first introduced in 1921 and Re-Loved, an upcycling circularity initiative.
In 2023, Barbour celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Beaufort wax jacket, an Evergreen icon, designed by Dame Margaret Barbour in 1983 and one of the classic jackets that has made Barbour a household name.
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In 1971 Massimo Osti, a young graphic designer from Bologna who would go on to be recognized as the “godfather of urban sportswear,” founded the brand Chester Perry, famous for its screen-printed t-shirts. In 1978 he changed the name in C.P. Company. This drier, more mature name inaugurated one of the most explosive and influential bursts of creativity in the history of sportswear.
Over the last decades the brand has continued to pioneer a connoisseurial hybrid style that combines the functionality of vintage military, work and sportswear with intense fabric research and innovation, heightened by using garment dyeing, a technique which C.P. Company was the first brand in the world to pioneer in the mid- 1970s. This hybridization of functional menswear and Italian fabric innovation is the origin of C.P. Company and still today remains the basis of every piece of clothing to carry the C.P. Company label.
All images courtesy of Barbour & C.P. Company.
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