As a quintessentially British label created with the outdoors in mind, Barbour jackets have a long history of being worn by the armed forces. The brand’s military heritage forms the basis for the brand new “Commando” collection which takes its name from the iconic Cowen Commando jacket that has been a mainstay of the Barbour collection since the 1990’s.

The Cowen Commando returns in its classic military waxed style – featuring shoulder epaulettes and camo features throughout. The jacket has been slimmed down for SS ’15 and also features the new collection branding throughout. This promises to be a must have style for the coming season – combining Barbour’s classic sage colourway with a vibrant camo detailing throughout.

Although the jacket was released as part of Barbour’s collection in the 90’s – it was first created for the military during the Second World War; the exact details of this story are hush hush however many have suggested it was created on the orders of Walter “Tich” Cowan, who served in both the first and second world wars and singlehandedly took on an Italian tank crew aged 70!

Whatever the source of this style, there’s no doubt that it is here to stay. Look out for the new Commando collection arriving very soon – all pieces pay homage to their British roots and feature a tonal Union Jack badge as well as the classic Barbour branding.