Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Few Classic Jackets

Ursa, the Maremma Sheepdog, is looking for the last sheep.
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Richard Press (former J. Press president) and his Willis & Geiger jacket (and label).


A Burberrys jacket, made for the late great Chicago store (once owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, back when A&F was a force for good)...



It still is in need of a bit of care.
...And this wool quilted houndstooth check John Partridge jacket







Older garments do require some extra care.  One example is reproofing, which, as a once-a-year ritual, is satisfying..





34 comments:

Rebecca said...

Beautiful post! I adore my hat, too! It has lasted years of all sorts of precipitation and has kept me warm & dry in several countries! We have the same autumn ritual of waxing the Barbours! It happens over the Thanksgiving weekend (last month, here in Canada!).

vir beātum said...

Do you know when Burberry dropped the terminal 's'? That would be handy consumer information that, to my knowledge, is not readily available.

vir beātum said...

Thanks. Good to know.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I am very impressed that you re-wax your Barbour yourself...I have always been nervous. The last photograph is breathtaking...love the subtle color contrast with the soft falling snow. My mom is a huge fan of the waxed rain hats. xx

Cranky Yankee said...

Speaking of old friends, I have a Burberry raincoat that I bought from J. Press in Cambridge many years ago. Back then, the label still included the San Francisco store. I remember when the S.F. store closed and I have fond memories of its manager, Mr. Kennedy.

Muffy Aldrich said...

@EAS - It is actually pretty easy and gives an immediate gratification. (Although I sometimes hurry through the hairdryer step.) I can picture your mother looking lovely in one of those hats!

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I love my Barbour jacket but hate reproofing it and I skipped it last year. Shame on me! I won't miss it this year.
I bought the LL Bean striped turtleneck on your recommendation. I shall have to wait until it cools off a bit to wear it.

Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

My old jackets are still going strong. The Barbour jacket has become such a Yuppie uniform in my neighborhood, I'm almost too embarrassed to wear mine (which is from my highschool years). The "barn jacket" style is timeless, and my young nephew told me recently that the corduroy cuffs are for "wiping your nose during cold".

Susan R said...

Muffy
Is reproofing the same as waxing? As in a waxed jacket? I have a lovely Barbour jacket that I bought at a tag sale and it is in wonderful condition except for needing that protective coating reapplied. Any suggestions on what to use and how to DIY?

Anonymous said...

Very nice post. I appreciate the humor in it. But... grrrr... every time I see that Ragg wool sweater, I get more frustrated! WHY can't L.L. Bean offer the crewneck this year?

Anonymous said...

Muffy, do you know everybody in the world? (Darien Sports Shop owners, J. Press owners, etc. etc). It never ends! :)

Greenfield said...

Yankee-Whisky-Papa, the yuppies don't know it's got to be a TOTALLY HAMMERED Barbour, showing evidence of having been worn for at least a decade in and out of authentic Primordial Ooze! Hay sprouting in the pockets a bonus.

Zenas313 said...

Is Mr. Press in Nantucket reds? Outstanding. Was the snow from this year? We are still waiting on our first snow here in SE Minn.

Billsburg said...

My Barbour hat is one of my favorite things too because I dislike carrying an umbrella - especially while walking the dog.

Thanks for the post. I wondered how difficult it would be to wax our jackets, but have added that to our list of Thanksgiving weekend chores.

Do you use one can of wax per jacket?

Muffy Aldrich said...

@Billsburg - I actually did both my husband's and mine using only one can with a bit left over for my hat.

Grace said...

The Burberry jackets are definitely classics! That Barbour hat looks really great, too.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

I used to re-proof my Barbours the same way. And use the dressing as hair gel. Classic.

Anonymous said...

The photo of you with the hen is breathtaking. I keep going back to it just to enjoy its artistic beauty.

Bitsy

Ann said...

Thanks for the reminder to reproof. I'm really overdue on a few items and it is honestly something I've been putting off for far too long. I've never actually done it myself so you give me courage. Odd question but I wore my Barbours around horses a lot and a lighter colored one has some horrible marks from their noses (checking for treats) on the pockets. Do you clean yours before you do the at home reproofing? If so what do you do to clean them?

Also, I had to laugh at "back when A&F was a force for good" because that is what my husband says each time he pulls out one of their old sweaters.

Alexander said...

On 2 of the pictures you carry a walking stick... is this an original Irish Shillelagh made from Irish Blackthorn?

All the best from Ireland

Alexander

BlueTrain said...

I like Barbour stuff and even managed to get to one of their shops in London last August, though I only purchased a vest/waistcoat. However, I'm especially partial to Filson (which at least has the zippers on the right side). Their lightest weight "oil finish" garments are plenty heavy for winter. I'm charmed that you do rewaxing yourself; good tips, too. My oil finish field jacket has taken on a shine in the back but the rest is in good shape.

I'm also glad you mention Johnson's Woolen Mills but there's also Bemidji Woolen Mills for you midwesterners but I'm afraid that all Woolrich produces (almost, anyway) are imported.

j.mosby said...

Muffy,

Always in true form! Love the JacShirt haven't seen one in sometime! The tweed John Patridge quilted jacket is fabulous! nice black thorn walking! And your waxed Gillie cap looks great with the Irish fisherman sweater!

j.mosby said...

Here's a great reference video on re waxing a Barbour jacket!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvZm04LxrbQ

Jennifer said...

Great post, I also appreciate the" classic" outerwear,
although it is hard to find here in the south. Thanks for the tips on waxing, I will find it less intimidating to do it myself. I look forward to my trip out east and hope to pick up some good pieces of classic clothing. I hope to get a nutter hat!

Anonymous said...

You are the cutest thing ever. I enjoy your blog very much, and I adore those coats.

Anonymous said...

That is like 4 great blog posts in one. Thanks for the great photos and food for thought.

I have been debating whether to tackle reproofing myself, and your nonchalant mastery (no gloves, smock, or drop cloth) of this task has inspired (shamed?) me into trying :)

Thanks for letting us come along on your adventures.

Sartre said...

That last photo of you IS very striking. And you wear the hat well.

I must admit I take my Barbour over to Orvis every year to have the re-proofing done.

Zenas313 said...

Duly noted. I will not question Mr. Press (or Mrs. A) on such sartorial matters . . . must be my monitor!

On a wholly separate topic, you have told us a little about your taste for British television and about some of your favorite books, but how about music? Beyond the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite 1 in G, is there an artist, genre, etc. that is, IYO, quintessentially preppy? What does TDP's playlist look like?

A.U.G. said...

Muffy-These pictures have an unbelievable quality to them. The two with you and your golden lab look as if they were taken straight from a Barbour advertisement.

Babette said...

Hi Muffy, There is one true prep source I haven't seen on your blog: F.L. Woods, Ltd., of Marblehead. http://www.flwoods.com/ It's glorious!

Anonymous said...

i love that last picture with the hen :)

Julie M. said...

Hi Muffy: This is a great site and I only just found it today. So many things to comment on, but I'll keep with just Barbour. I own one of their waxed coats for nearly 15 years and it's terrific. Rewaxing takes time and seems a bit archaic, but that coat just wears and wears. I also own a pair of their wellies and think that they're better than the Hunters which are all the rage.

Anonymous said...

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Katahdin said...

Eureka! A waxed cotton ski/mountaineering jacket:

http://www.fjallraven.us/products/abisko-jacket#product-details