Hollywood style icon and avid racer Steve McQueen often chose to wear the classic Barbour ‘International’ belted motorbike jacket when pursuing his off-screen passion for bikes, a fact the iconic English brand was so proud of they devoted an entire range of clothing to the man himself.
The exclusive Steve McQueen Collection along with the full Barbour range can be found at the new Chicago flagship store spanning two floors and catering to their newfound younger fanbase with updated colours and cuts, along with die-hard fans of the dependable, waxed cotton jacket so perfect for the Windy City’s more inclement seasons.
Hand-crafting luxury outerwear since 1894, Barbour is finally relaxing its stiff upper lip and making the move into current fashion, with heavy-knit jumpers, slim-fit chinos, chambray shirts and canvas satchels, while their outerwear remains steeped in tradition and purpose.
The ‘International’ still boasts its distinctive diagonal chest pocket introduced in 1951 for quick access to maps with a gloved hand, while the ‘Heritage’ features storm cuffs, a snug-fitting collar and wide ‘game’ pockets.
With a maxim of quality and durability, it comes as no surprise that Barbour has a royal warrant and a bevy of devotees who lovingly maintain their jackets for years, if not decades, so it’s certainly worth making the investment!