Barbour International opened up London Fashion Week Men’s for us this season, marking the beginning of the fifth anniversary of the ever-growing menswear showcase. Barbour is a brand that manages to celebrate its rich history whilst continuing to look forward and be contemporary season after season. The Barbour International SS18 collection was no different, with the South Shields label looking back to two icons that helped define it in the 20th century: Steve McQueen and the Original Barbour International Wax Jacket.
It dug into the archives and played on its motorcycling heritage, with printed Steve McQueen t-shirts hung from the ceiling of the Vinyl Factory in Soho, motorcycle memorabilia decorating the walls and bike engineer Calum Pryce-Tidd building a Ducatti Scrambler into a ’60s-inspired racer.
As for the rest of the collection, it was a more casual and relaxed affair for Barbour International this season. There were the jackets, of course, in classic navy and khaki green, designed to protect against the elements and complete with pockets and hoods. This season they were worn with grey jersey sweatpants and trainers, or relaxed navy trousers worn rolled up to show the models’ knitted grey socks underneath.