We have teamed up with British Heritage brand Barbour to create a capsule collection of limited edition womenswear pieces. Inspired by Barbour’s extensive archive and military history but with Christopher Raeburn’s unique handwriting, the collection captures the spirit and ethos of both brands.
The collection, which now is available to purchase at Fenwick of Bond Street, features outerwear, knitwear, shirts and dresses in addition to an assortment of accessories including hats, gloves, scarves and bags.
The collection takes it's inspiration from the story of the Ursula Jacket from the Barbour archive:
“In 1937, Captain George Phillips took command of the Ursula, one of the first of the new U-class submarines. One of his Lieutenant’s was a keen motorcyclist who wore a one piece oversuit made by Barbour. Captain Phillips instructed him to wear the suit while he aimed a fire hose on him. Despite the force of the water, the navigating officer remained dry. Impressed by the protection the suit offered, Captain Phillips visited Barbour and persuaded them to cut the suit in two to make a jacket and trousers. The result was the ‘Ursula Suit’ which became standard issue for all in the Submarine service.“
Sarah Lawrenson, Head of Womenswear at Barbour said “We are delighted to be working with Christopher Ræburn. When he came up to see the Barbour archives, he was immediately attracted to the story of the Ursula suit. Together, we have created a collection which not only captures the essence of Barbour’s military heritage but also reflects the signature handwriting of both brands. The use of tartan and Christopher’s signature snow spot are cleverly interwoven to create unique and striking designs.”
Christopher added: “Working with Barbour and particularly on womenswear has been a real honour. It’s a brand with so much heritage that appealed to me due to its inherent function but I’m proud of the fun, feminine collection that we’ve been able to achieve through the collaboration.”