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Ode to a ‘Hardwick’

With this English summer being both awful and inspirational in equal measure, I thought I'd tell you about something which has at least helped me make the best of the poor weather.

For much of Great Britain the number of ‘shirtsleeve’ days we’ve had since that surreal couple of weeks in March could be counted on the fingers of both hands, so I was looking for a practical but smart lightweight jacket to keep me comfortable in the cool weather, while being relatively waterproof. I am not a big fan of the ever popular Liddesdale Quilt as it doesn’t suit my build, so I opted for a Barbour Hardwick Quilt Jacket in Navy.

This is what’s called a travel jacket, and there's a non-quilted version too, but I think this lightly insulated quilt with its multiple pockets is ideal for my everyday life. I do a fair bit of driving too, so I don’t want a jacket to be over-long, and as the Hardwick is slightly tailored, it fits comfortably over a shirt and it's warm enough from April to October. It has a handsome stand-up collar which also contains an occasional lightweight hood, and it has both a 2-way front zip and press stud fastening.

But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a ‘rufty-tufty’ country jacket for thrusting through the blackthorn or lying prone in the heather for an hour or two. For that I like my trusty Barbour Sapper waxed jacket, or maybe a Bedale or Beaufort? The Hardwick is more suited to shopping than shooting, but it looks really smart, and there’s nothing quite like it if you’re out for a stroll, or popping down the pub, where its light weight and thin insulation come into their own. Wear this with Loake Shilton Boots, and maybe a pair of Joules Mariner Trousers and you’ll certainly have the ‘LOOK’ for this autumn.

And for the ladies… what has Autumn and Winter 2012/13 got to offer? Well you lot are going to be TOTALLY spoiled!

LiBErty FREEdom has created some fabulous coats and jackets, and some of them aren’t even in tweed; take a look at their Tailored Jacket, W-O-W!!

Barbour’s Ladies’ Morris Utility Jackets are flying off the shelves with both their waxed jacket and quilt designs featuring absolute classic William Morris linings.


 Joules have a released a wide and stunning range of colours in their Moredale Quilt Jacket which feature gorgeous, vibrant floral linings, and their Philimore Jacket is definitely one for the girls.

Hunter as usual have kept our feet in the picture, but you have to see their Belsize range of equestrian inspired boots; a really clever and very stylish two-in-one boot which can be worn either as a long knee boot or a short ankle boot.

And now we have Zatchels; the satchel revisited for the 21st century, taking a simple utilitarian icon to the heights of fashion, quality and practicality. Even the guys can now have a really macho ‘man-bag’ which will take all their clobber and gear, from laptop to lunch-box. I myself find it handy to tote my socket set around, but everyone to his own?

But there are simply loads of new stuff coming through, and there are dozens of price reductions, special offers and free gifts to be had right NOW, and ALL of it is delivered absolutely FREE wherever you are in the world, with FREE RETURNS too if you live in Great Britain, so bookmark our site and take our RSS feed so you’ll not miss a thing.