Over the last few years Barbour have updated their collection, employing bold floral prints and vintage imagery on the cuffs, collars and linings of their iconic pieces. While these new designs have been well received the most instantly recognisable and covetable Barbour pieces still feature their iconic checked tartan. This A/W Barbour have released a capsule collection of classic shirts featuring the house print. To celebrate the launch of these timeless pieces we delve deeper into the history of Barbour’s tartan.

From the brand’s inception in 1894 until the mid-1990s, Barbour used a variety of Tartans for their linings. One of the most popular tartans used by Barbour was the Dress Gordon tartan however this all changed when the brand discovered it was not exclusive to the brand.

Following a trip to Edinburgh, Dame Margaret Barbour was shocked to learn that the tartan used by Barbour was reproduced across the city. She decided that a brand like Barbour with their long history should have an exclusive tartan that reflected their history. Barbour contacted renowned tartan specialists Kinloch Anderson to work with them on the project.

Kinloch Anderson was a natural choice as they, like Barbour, are a family owned company that has three Royal Warrants. They researched the Barbour family history and traced it to 13th century Ayrshire – this gave the designers the base colours and style to work from. Eventually the new Barbour tartan was born; a rich brown and navy background with contrasting white, gold and red over-check lines. This classic tartan quickly became synonymous with the classic heritage brand and soon spawned additional dress and modern versions.

This season you can buy a Scottish inspired piece of Barbour shirting. We’ve got slim fitting shirts featuring the classic tartan and the modern tartan. These timeless pieces ooze style and look great teamed with rugged denim for maximum effect. If you’re not a traditionalist then we’ve got you covered as well – the Castleford shirt is presented in a super soft cotton and features a bold all over check in searing red. Once you’ve got your must have Barbour shirt for AW 2014 the only question is which jacket will you match it with.

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