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The Barbour Ashby Jacket Explored

Everything you need to know about the brand’s iconic wax jacket

Characterised by its timeless identity and adept weather protection properties, the Barbour Ashby jacket is simply a piece of infinity for your wardrobe. If you’re yet to invest in one of the brand’s noteworthy wax jackets, perhaps Ashby’s expert construction and practical charm may persuade you into finally taking the leap. To ensure you’re up to speed with this garment’s undisputed styling, we’ve taken the liberty of offering you a full rundown of the jacket from top to bottom, so keep reading to discover whether this lauded outerwear piece is for you.

What is the Barbour Ashby jacket made from?

For decades now South Shields-hailing brand Barbour has remained synonymous with traditional British fashion. This is thanks to its waxed finishes and tartan design cues, which simultaneously bring status-heavy styling to everyone from British royalty to pop icons, and the Ashby’s thoughtfully constructed fabric composition only transcends Barbour’s heritage credentials even further.

Like several of Barbour’s most-favoured fits, the Ashby is coated in a waxed cotton shell. More specifically, the brand’s signature 6oz Sylkoil wax is implemented across the silhouette’s base – Sylkoil is the oldest and most traditional wax cotton Barbour employs; it’s an ‘unshorn’ woven cotton, dyed and waxed with a matte finish to guarantee an authentic patina as the garment gracefully ages and wears in.

Internally, the design is lined with the brand’s Classic Tartan, a fabric that is frequently executed throughout Barbour’s offerings, spanning everything from scarves, gloves, and even dog accessories. This colourful crisscrossed pattern is developed by Kinloch Anderson – an Edinburgh-based Highland Dress expert with an expansive lineage in the field, who successfully brings Barbour’s Scottish heritage to the forefront.

Bonus fabric features of the Ashby include a corduroy collar, which provides textural tone to the garment, while polyester sleeve linings prompt efficient slip on and off motions.

Barbour Ashby Jacket Collar

Barbour Ashby Jacket Lining

How does the Barbour Ashby jacket fit?

As many Barbour aficionados will already know, the Ashby is based upon the brand’s iconic Bedale jacket – a silhouette originally developed by Dame Margaret Barbour with equestrian endeavours in mind. Though still rendered to honour its predecessor’s historic ties, the Ashby locks down a more progressive stance on style. For one, it’s more streamlined than the Bedale, not to mention it’s crafted with longer-set sleeves and an elongated body. The added incorporation of raglan sleeves and a vented hemline also impacts the design’s range of motion; allowing it to move freely through a variety of activity, regardless of whether you’re heading for the depths of the English countryside or landing in the beating heart of the city.

Barbour Wax Jacket

How many pockets does the Barbour Ashby jacket have?

It goes without saying that when you’re laying down a substantial amount of money for a jacket, you need it to be equipped with an assortment of wholly functional features, including an array of pockets, to which Barbour’s Ashby does not disappoint.

In total, the jacket carries five pockets, with the first two fitted just shy of the chest area. Positioning the pockets here, and angling them in the way they are, allows the wearer to effortlessly slot their hands into each side entry. Two bigger bellow pockets below prove perfect for storing essential items while you hotfoot it from location A to B.

Finally, a concealed pocket resides at the inner jacket, free for storage of personal items, such as wallets or phones, that need to be kept close by and require heightened insurance throughout the day.

Barbour Ashby Jacket Pocket

Additional features of the Barbour Ashby jacket?

For extra protection against harsh conditions, the Ashby is secured with a durable zip closure and a branded storm flap. This fastening is meticulously detailed with gold-toned Barbour hardware that runs the full length of the garment.

And the brand’s scrupulous attention to detail doesn’t stop there, these studded accents also neatly embellish the design’s pockets. Tone-on-tone Barbour embroidery subtly weaves its way onto the silhouette’s waistline.

Barbour Zip Fastening

Barbour Ashby Buttons

Lastly, as expected from one of the brand’s most prolific designs, the Ashby rightfully pairs with Barbour’s esteemed zip-in liners. The compatibility of the design with these optional, insulating layers, not only promotes increased warmth when situated in the great outdoors, but it also aids an aspect of versatility. This allows the wearer to double-up or subtract on layers based on necessity.

If you had any unanswered questions about Barbour’s Ashby jacket, we hope this feature has served clarity to your curiosity. Truly built to last, this faithful piece of outerwear will serve every environment you encounter endlessly. Whether you were hoping to get back to nature or often find yourself navigating the city’s chaotic dimensions, don’t waste any time getting acquainted with this robust style. Shop the Barbour Ashby with Aphrodite and take a closer look at the iconic design in the below video.

Balmain Denim Jacket

Style Guide : How To Wear Denim

Denim Styling For The Modern Man

Deriving from the work-mans’ aesthetic, denim has been a notable part of mens’ fashion culture for over a century, revolutionising the way men dress and express their style. Heavily influenced over the years by politics, music, art and youth culture, denim has become a timeless fabric in various forms, catering to every man in every generation. Whether it be in traditional indigo jeans, to distressed jackets in acid wash, denim has evolved beyond its originals means, allowing it to complement any outfit for any occasion.

Smart Casual

The first thing to come to someone’s mind when thinking of denim is a classic pair of jeans, being a statement piece for most male wardrobes. Being something that can easily smarten up an outfit without trying too hard, jeans are now a go-to for most day to night affairs. The versatility in the garment allows you to easily adapt to any formality, whether they be paired with a crisp white shirt and dress shoes for a smart day time look, or with some sneakers and a bold graphic tee for a more vibrant night time look.

One style that a pair of jeans is prominent in is the classic 50’s mod trend. Heavily influenced by music and modern style icons like Liam Gallagher, this look represents the essence of mens’ formal style clashing with a casual comfort.  Jeans have become a quintessential part of the look, with a roll up to highlight the socks typically styled with desert boots or dress shoes. Try styling it with an over shirt to layer up with various textures to nod to the smart comfort that the mod look boasts.

Edwin Denim JeansGet The Look:

ED 39 63 Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans – BlueWallabee Shoes - Cola Suede

 

The Denim Jacket

Oozing style blended with a hint of edginess, a denim jacket is the perfect addition to any outfit. An easy way to dress up a basic silhouette, a denim jacket is the ideal ‘chuck-on’ that ends up making the statement for the full look.

Challenge yourself by stepping away from the traditional sense of a denim jacket and become bold with your choices, going for a treated version. With hand done distressing, a large logo embossment to the back alongside intricate metal detailing, the Balmain denim jacket featured in this look is forefront in its evolution. Let the jacket do the talking, pairing it with a darker hue such as black or a deep indigo navy to highlight the structure of the fabric and the natural wear and tear it will provide. Adding character and flair to your outfit.

Balmain Denim Jacket

Get The Look:

Balmain Denim JacketEdwin T Shirts Double Pack - BlackEdwin Jeans Slim Tapered - Kaihara BlackAxel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker - White Leather

Double Denim

Usually a phrase that would spark dread amongst most, double denim is a trend that everyone should get in on. Allowing you to really appreciate it in all its’ forms, doubling it up gives you the chance to layer up on texture and shades, forming a coherent and versatile look.

DSquared2 is a main competitor amongst denim and experimentation, providing several treatments and design accents to nurture your style needs. With their statement distressing and paint splatter, layering up their items can really intensify the manipulation of the classic material, resulting in a raw and versatile appearance. Take advantage of the chance to layer up and introduce new prints amongst the acid wash, with a bold stripe to help break up the outfit. Match with a pair of sneakers to finish off the look.

DSquared2 Denim Shirt / Jeans

Get The Look:

DSquared Shirt Denim – BlueDSquared Skater Jeans - BlueFolk T-Shirt – Ecru / Navy Stripe

Denim allows you not only to nod towards a history of style, culture and revolution in your clothing, but also have fun and experiment with layering, fabric treatments and prints. Despite being a classic piece in menswear fashion, modernization of it over the years has introduced a youthful and raw aesthetic.

Explore our range of denim online at Aphrodite Clothing.

cold weather essentials

Cold Weather Essentials

It’s brass, the possibility of snow is inevitable and you can’t keep wearing all your clothes at once to try and stay warm. Desperate times call for desperate measures and what you need is some reliable, durable and protective gear to see you through mother natures worst. Robust denim, a Thick jacket, cosy beanie, tough boots and of course the all-important colourful socks. Behold, the answer to all your winter woes.

Winter Clothing

Unless you plan on hibernating until spring has sprung then the threat of snow looming on the horizon may have you shaking in your suede shoes. When it comes to cold, wet, generally unpleasant weather the truth is you just can’t go wrong with a premium pair of leather boots. We chose the Avoriaz Jannu from Paraboot. Handmade in France for the toughest terrain the boots feature a padded collar and tongue for exceptional comfort as well as a double-stitched Norwegian welt commando sole for grip, support and sturdiness. Top it all off with some heavy duty striped laces and a rich waxy brown colour for a touch of mature styling and watch your icey fears melt away. But, of course what is a good pair of boots without a really nice set of socks to go with them? Luckily for us our cold weather fellow northerners across the pond, Norse Projects have just supplied us a fresh batch of their twisted cotton yarn socks in yellow, purple and, the colour we decided to opt for, red. Very nice indeed.

Paraboot Avoriaz Jannu Boots

Next on the list is a jacket. What jacket? The jokers among you may ask and for that, we’d give you a solid exhale from the nostrils and a firm shake of the head. But we aren’t here to joke around not when it comes to waiting for the bus in below freezing. We’re looking for water and wind resistance, a warm lining and plenty of embedded functionality, let us introduce you to the Wyndham parka from Canada Goose. With the brands signature down filling, a removable fur ruff lined hood, rib knit cuffs and a total of 6 pockets including, fleece lined hand warmers, the jacket is designed with extreme conditions and the coldest climates in mind. Finished with a two-way heavy duty zip with additional press stud flap and the Canada Goose patch to the arm this coat makes all the right moves when it comes to keeping you nice and toasty on your urban escapades.  Nipping out on a teabag run at work? No worries. Football match? See you there. The beach in -6°C? Lets do it.

Canada Goose Wyndham Parka

For those of us who have ever got caught in the rain in a pair of sweatpants we know it’s less than ideal. Couple this with the harsh frost ladened winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty abysmal time by all accounts. Well, try not to beat yourself up too much because, as we all know, after the rain comes a rainbow, in this case, a rainbow pair of selvage denim from Edwin. Cut from a 12.8oz denim with a mid-rise and relaxed, tapered fit, the jeans are robust enough to last you a lifetime without sacrificing on comfort. Made in the Kuroki Mill in Japan the denim is complete with signature Edwin branding to the back and some delightful stitch detailing.

Edwin Rainbow Selvage Denim Jeans

Did you know the majority of your heat escapes through your head? Well, that’s what everyone reckons anyway. Regardless throwing on a beanie at this time of year is never not a good idea. To finish our look off we decided to go for some subtle matching, pairing an olive Canada Goose beanie with the tones found throughout the camo patterning. Made from a thick 100% wool for both a quality fit and insulating properties, it boasts the unmistakable Canada Goose seal of approval to the front ensuring everyone you pass on the streets knows you mean business.

Canada Goose BeanieSo there we have it some of our top picks to see you through to the summer. You can find all of the products shown above online and in store right now as well as a wide offering of other boots, coats, legwear and accessories.

Outfit - Weather permitting

Outfit – Weather permitting

It seems we’re officially into that teasingly annoying part of British springtime, temperatures seeming comfortably warmer one day and freezing the next or bright and sunny one day and miserably dull the next. Dressing for the occasion can be tricky but we have your back with these weekly installments curated to deter the ever-changing weather from hindering your plans (or your beloved footwear). Here you go lads, a few of your favorites here …

 

Outfit - Stone Island, Paul & Shark, Y3

 

The latest installment from the Stone Island Marina collection was this long sleeve striped tee, perfect for this in-between weather and a staple piece you will have in rotation season after season. Styled here with a khaki Stone Island cargo short, navy Paul & Shark zip hoodie, white suede Y3 trainers, Ray-Ban aviators and every wardrobe essential item Jason Mark repel, for those caught off guard by the rainy days that are upon us.

 

Outfit Grid

Outfit grid – A British Culture Tribute

After heading down to one of our favourite local music venues Hoochie Coochie last weekend for an intimate and euphoric gig with British post-punk legends A Certain Ratio, we’ve since felt an overwhelming sense of 80’s nostalgia spurring us to take a (fashion) trip back to the post-punk/new wave era, where three things are most definitely prominent throughout. Laurel Wreath clad polo shirts, brilliantly British tailoring and those unmistakable three stripes. Here we pay homage to some old classics …

If you were asked to think back to 80’s Britain, OK so a flash of BBCs Grange Hill, The Young Ones or The Two Ronnies might spring to mind but, you’d also have at least one of you or a mate sporting some form of Fred Perry or Adidas whether it be a classic polo and tennis shoes or full branded shell suit. Even a nice bit of Paul Smith tailoring if you were attending a wedding or feeling swish of a weekend. Here’s an everyday version of the above three that still hail and show no signs of being forgotten about, with a couple essentials from our friends overseas.

Outfit Grid - Fred Perry, Paul Smith, Adidas

 

The Fred Perry bomber, Paul Smith polo shirt and Adidas 350 silhouette all make for a recognisably British style and championed by a rage of famous faces from Robert Pattinson to Oasis front men the Gallagher brother and of course the late and exceptionally talented Amy Winehouse. No British look is complete without a sturdy and durable pair of denims and at this we would like to introduce (if not already acquainted) you to the Swedish denim brand Nudie Jeans, organic, fair trade and an Aphrodite HQ favourite. Don’t forget your contrasting socks for that quirky finish.

 

Stone Island Outfit Grid

SS18 collections are arriving daily here at Aphrodite to welcome to new season. Bright colours and pastel hues are a strong element to our latest drops, especially the newest Stone Island collection.

This weeks outfit grid showcases the latest arrivals from Stone Island including the Membrana 3L TC Jacket in Peach and the Micro Down Overshirt in Pastel Lilac. Browse out full collection of brand new Stone Island.

Stone Island Outfit Grid

Outfit Grid Products

Stone Island Membrana 3L TC Jacket in Peach – £475.00

Stone Island  Micro Yarn Down Overshirt in Pastel Lilac – £425.00

Stone Island Reversible Jumper in Cream– £240

Stone Island T-Shirt in Navy – £105

Stone Island Pocket in Jumper – £210

outfit grid - winter warmer header

Outfit: Patagonia x Edwin x Red Wings x Aquascutum x Canada Goose x Barbour

As the weather takes a bitter turn, it’s time to wrap up warm and this weeks outfit grid will do just that with pieces from Patagonia, Edwin, Red Wing Shoes, Aquascutum, Canada Goose and Barbour. Lets dig a little deeper into this wonderfully warm outfit.

Starting off with Patagonia, we have picked the Snap-T pullover in a distinctive navy and red. A true outdoor icon, made from recycled polyester Synchilla fleece this pullover will keep you warm while the soft material will keep you comfy, ideal for layering in the cooler months.

outfit grid winter warmer patagonia canada goose red wing shoes

To go over that fleece and keep the chilly wind out, we have chosen another piece from Patagonia, the Hi Loft Down hooded jacket in navy. Delivering comfort and warmth, making it that ideal choice for the cold up-coming winter days. Made with advanced global traceable down the outer is covered in a recycled polyester ripstop shell, with a full zip fastening and two zip-up pockets.

Sticking with the navy theme, Edwin provide the pants of the outfit with their 55 chinos. Based on the fit of Edwin’s most popular ED-55 jeans, these chinos come in a relaxed, tapered fit. Crafted from compact cotton twill with angled side pockets, a coin pocket within the left pocket, and two flat rear pockets. Finished with tan herringbone waistband lining and a black leather logo waist patch.

Now to really wrap you up warm, we have picked a few accessories to go with it, an Aquascutum Lambswool Check scarf, a Canada Goose logo pom hat made from super soft merino wool and to keep your hands warm Barbour providing some black leather gloves.

On feet, we had to go with the durable Red Wings and in this case the Moc Toe Boots 6″ 8138, these boots that are handmade provide excellent durability and traction in the winter months. Made with a premium Briar Oil Slick leather and a lightweight outsole, you’ll be sure footed this winter.

Links to purchase outfit grid:

Patagonia Snap-T Pullover in Navy 13095 – £119

Patagonia Hi Loft Down Hoody  Navy 12935 – £199.00

Edwin 55 Chinos Navy 10998- £89.00

Aquascutum Scarf Lambswool Club Check Brown 10615 – £95.00

Canada Goose Logo Pom Hat Navy/Red 13572 – £75.00

Barbour Gloves in Barrow Black Leather 13305 – £54.00

 Red Wing Moc Toe Boots 6″ 8138 Briar Oil Slick 6741 – £239.00

outfit grid apc grenson norse projects folk clothing

Outfit Grid: APC x Norse Projects x Grenson x Folk

For this outfit grid we have taken on a very casual but stylish look, featuring such brands as APC, Norse Projects, Grenson and Folk. With a relaxed outfit in mind we’ve picked something to keep you comfy on a night out or if you’re just going out! Let’s take a closer look at the pieces that we’ve picked.

Starting us off is this APC Sweatshirt in anthracite, created as part of APC’s 30th anniversary throwback collection, HIVER 87. This piece is a classic crew neck sweatshirt with a deep grey colour and APC branding across the chest in a soft velvet. Made from 100% cotton it’s perfect for keeping you warm and comfortable no matter the weather.

To go under that APC sweatshirt we’ve gone with this APC Denim shirt. This classic button down is a staple piece for your year-round wardrobe. With patch pocket on the chest and denim colourway giving you a more casual look, while that button down collar is perfect to layer underneath the sweatshirt we picked.

Norse Projects are providing the pants for this outfit and their ultra comfortable Aros Light Twill – Lichen Green chinos. Created from 100% lightweight cotton twill, these lichen green chino’s are perfect for a casual outfit, featuring rear and side pockets, this classic look is good for all seasons. These chino’s are regular fit to give you extra comfort so you can stay looking cool and casual.

outfit grid apc grenson norse projects folk clothing

The perfect trainer for the casual look, we have picked the Grenson sneaker 1 in ash grey. A luxurious pair of trainers for casual wear from the home of ‘The Good Shoe’, Grenson. These suede low top’s are inspired by a 70’s tennis shoe, with suede upper sat upon a fresh white Italian rubber sole, with a thin lace fastening, and the classic logo ‘The Good Shoe’ embossed to the heel.

Now to finish the outfit, we have trusted the team over at Folk Clothing to provide these Melange socks. Spun from a high quality blended cotton, they are wonderfully soft to keep you comfortable but they’ll also keep you warm. Featuring a trendy melange pattern throughout, this is a necessity for anyone interested in keeping their sock drawer up-to-date.

Links to purchase outfit grid:

APC Sweatshirt VPC Anthracite £125.00 – 12316

APC Shirt Denim £145.00 – 12308

Norse Projects Chinos Aros Light Twill Lichen Green £109.00 – 13383

Grenson Sneaker 1 Ash Grey £159.00 – 13531

Folk Melange Socks in Black £16.00 – 12907

 

napapirji rainforest jacket

Best Seller: Why You Love the Napapijri Rainforest Jacket

Napapijri Rainforest Jacket

Napapijri has been a world-renowned outerwear designer since 1990 when the first Skidoo jacket was introduced. The brand holds Nordic exploration and adventure at the core of its success, with the word Napapijri being a variation of the Finnish word for ‘Arctic Circle’ and the half positive, half negative logo representing the North and South poles. The Norwegian flag is also used as a representation of this, due to Norway being Europe’s northern-most country and also the birthplace of many 20th Century explorers.

At Aphrodite, we are proud to stock a number of Napapijri’s iconic pieces, and season after season they continue to be one of our best-selling brands.

One sure fire winner from the brand is the Napapijri Rainforest Jacket. This classic windbreaker is constructed with innovative technical fabrics to ensure it has a fit comparable to no other. Instantly recognisable by the branded kangaroo pocket, the Rainforest Jacket is available in several styles and colourways to suit the unpredictable British weather.

Napapijri Rainforest Jacket

For Autumn/Winter 17, Napapijri have revamped the Rainforest Jacket to suit harsher weather conditions. The Rainforest Winter 1 Jacket is fully lined with a soft fleece material, making the already wind-proof design even warmer. The lining extends into the adjustable hood, which has a high neck collar with zip down closure. The side seam features a zip closure vent to allow for extra breathability. Available in 4 colourways, it is a timeless addition to any winter wardrobe.

Napapijri Rainforest Jacket Red

 

You can shop the Rainforest Jacket and the rest of our Napapijri collection online or in our Sunderland store.