The Pick: An umbrella for the countryman in the city

Allow masters of luxury outerwear Barbour to check this autumn essential off your list

Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have kept us warm, dry and protected from the elements. Founded in South Shields as an importer of oil cloth, the brand’s waxed cotton jackets are arguably their greatest contribution to the world of outerwear. But the heritage brand aren’t just about jackets. Their huge range of accessories and garments have also kept the cold from our hands, the mud from our feet and – now – the rain from our heads.

Featuring Barbour’s classic tartan print, this large umbrella is the perfect investment for the city worker who’s a country man at heart. Evoking the spirit of the North Yorkshire Moors near to where Barbour’s second-to-none products are created, and boasting a Barbour engraved wooden handle and trusty metal mechanism to more easily open the umbrella, there is no better accessory to combat unexpected showers.

And what better pattern to hold above your head than Barbour’s signature checks? The rich tartan history of the brand has spanned over 120 and now, what began as Barbour’s essential lining within their classic wax jackets has gone on to inspire stylishly elegant accessories such as this very umbrella. For any of you tartan buffs out there, the Classic Tartan is a pattern made especially for Barbour – but inspired by the district of West Scotland where founder John Barbour’s family name originated, Ayrshire. Variants have been created, under the watchful eyes of Edinburgh tartan experts, Kinloch Anderson and now, with this umbrella, it’s your chance to – almost literally – fly the flag for this most British of brands.

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