With the cooler weather settling in, this is the time of year to pull out the quilts (both kinds). I have received several inquiries recently regarding quilted jackets. Which do I own? Which are my favorites? What are differentiating features? Where did I get them?
Here are mine (and some of these pictures you have seen before). I find them to be surprisingly warm and wind-blocking.
Barbour Quilted Jackets
Of course Barbour is synonymous with quilted jackets, especially the very popular Liddesdale.
Of my two, my favorite is what Tom - who runs the Barbour facility in Milford, New Hampshire - told me was one of the originals, designed to be a liner. I bought it from The British Shop in Freeport, when they were in the original little building in the back parking lot. It was also most likely when it was still called the Countryman; it was renamed Liddesdale in 1994.
This Liddesdale model I bought about a half dozen years ago from Barbour's Madison Avenue store. Maybe because of the color, Navy, and the fact that it is a bit thinner, I feel comfortable wearing it in the city as well as the country.
|Technically "Men's", these are more unisex.|
|This made in England version,here below, is significantly thicker than the ones available today, including the collar, and the sleeves have knit cuffs which are much warmer.|
|Look for the "Made in England" on the older label.|
|The newer labels are somewhat more empty, no country of origin here. One must dig deeper into a pocket to find that.|
|And this is often the result when garments are outsourced overseas. (This was taken at the Kittery outlet store.)|
This Barbour Keeperwear Quilt, also a Men's, I bought at Orvis' Madison Avenue store when it first debuted several years back. It is a bulkier jacket on me but very comfortable and has the knit cuffs. It is often the first one for which I reach.
This is the Barbour Eskdale Jacket for Ladies. It has a trimmer, more flattering fit but is much less comfortable, more restricted in the shoulders and arms.
|On the Old North Bridge in my Husband's Home Town of Concord, Massachusetts|
The Barbour Bant, quilted corduroy, has a similar restrictive cut as the Eskdale.
I use the liner of one of my Barbour waxed jackets as a vest quite often.
Despite Burberry's shift to vulgar, and despite the ubiquitousness of this jacket, is actually one of my favorites as well. It is both flattering and dressier but still very comfortable.
|Burberry and snaffle bits worked well at Brown Homecoming.|
|I bought it at the Darien Sport Shop in Connecticut over fifteen years ago. Back then it was still made in England.|
|A Burberry Quilted Vest seems at home at a British Motor Show, where I was taken by the Mark 2.|
Another favorite is the John Partridge quilted wool houndstooth jacket with moleskin collar and trim. It was handed down to me and I have no real feel for how old it is, but it too was made in England.
|Best When Hunters Aren't Around|