LONDON — Alexa Chung has been living in Barbour jackets for much of her life, wearing them horseback riding — in the rain — when she was a kid, shrugging them over her denim cutoffs at festivals, and zipping a bunch of them together, at Glastonbury, to make a giant sleeping bag with her friends. “When we were drunk, it felt like it worked. You could put it right on the ground, like a tent,” said Chung from her studio on a quiet street in East London’s De Beauvoir Town.
Chung has channeled all that affection — and some of the irreverence — into a capsule collection for the 125-year-old brand. After plunging into the Barbour archives in the northeast of England and getting her fingers — and hair — oily with the jackets’ signature wax coatings, Chung pulled her favorite pieces, and put her very particular stamp on the outerwear beloved of country and city folk alike.
The collection, Barbour by Alexa Chung, will land online and in stores on June 1, with a further drop set for Aug. 1.
The collection — the first in a two-year, four-season deal — includes seven pieces of outerwear, three tote bags and a bucket
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