Grab your keys, head into town, and put your head on a swivel. Can you hear the jangling of brass buttons? Did you brush up against the wales of crushed corduroy? I’ve got twenty bucks and a closet full of waxed canvas that says yes, because Barbour’s
Bedale jacket, in terms of light outerwear, is the new car you just bought and now can’t stop seeing on the highway.
But if its omnipresence has held you back from pulling the trigger on one of your own, then March’s showers are about to bring you your flowers, because Barbour has linked up with L.A.-based brand Palm Angels to put a pop-punk-meets-highlighter twist on one of the British icon’s most popular jackets.
Barbour’s Bedale dates back to 1980, and was the brand’s first lightweight short jacket made with horseback riding in mind. (The jacket’s fit, ventilation, wax coating, and a nylon inner made it ideal for riding in the rain.) These days, you’re most often to see it on the streets in dark green or navy, trimmed with 8-wale brown corduroy on the collar and torso-pocket flaps.
Palm Angels’ take on the Bedale features three colorways, “hot pink,” “scarlet ibis,” and “vibrant yellow” (I’m partial to the yellow, as is menswear legend Paddington, I’d imagine). The Palm Angels wordmark is also printed on the back right hip—applied before the waxing process so it lasts as long as your jacket does (probably forever).
If you’re still here and thinking about fits—the Esquire Style Desk has conferred and we’re into the idea of any one of these jackets paired with light denim, running sneakers, and your go-to dad hat. A pair of gray wool trousers and black lace-up derbies wouldn’t look half bad, either, if you’re looking to dress it up a little. Just cool it on the patterns and let the vibrant hues of Easter Sunday do the talking.
The limited edition trio just dropped today is available on both the Barbour and Palm Angels sites as well as Farfetch.
Ben Boskovich is a contributing editor to Esquire, and writes about style and golf. He previously served as Esquire’s Deputy Editor, and the site’s Managing Editor. Prior to joining Hearst Digital Media, he was the Social Media Editor at Entertainment Weekly.
Source : Esquire