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You Are The Perfect Type Of Weird

“The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.” - James Victore   Life can sometimes feel like a relentless school classroom. Some lessons can be really hard, others are fun, but mostly they’re challenging. And, it seems, when we don’t quite grasp the lesson, that the teacher shouts louder and louder - you might even find yourself in detention from time to time. It’s only when we look back on things after the event, with hindsight, that we can...

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The Barneys Post-Lockdown Peptalk

Apparently, come June 21st we'll all be allowed to play out again. Like many of you, we'll be cautious in running back to the pubs but it's going to feel amazing to reunite for a big Sunday roast with the family, isn't it? Even if it is in the garden! With many of us getting hyped for this 'at the earliest' date, the pressure is starting to mount. Everywhere you look, we're being reminded that we have to be 'ready' for...

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How to be Authentic in a World Full of Noise

It can be annoying when a brand babbles on about all kinds of life affirming stuff. They say things like ‘Just Do It’ and ‘Think Different’. And while their slogans and manifestos can indeed ignite a spark within you, you can’t help but feel that the relationship they are cultivating with you is essentially just transactional. And the bigger the company the smaller and less important you, the customer, end up feeling. But, conversely, it can also be hard if you are a...

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Furlough Fashion: Life Beyond Loungewear

It's truly bizarre to think we've been in and out of quarantine since March 2020 (in the UK at least). We spent our evenings waiting for an announcement from Boris, whispers of something called a 'lockdown', swiftly followed by a rush to Boots for hand gel. And then, suddenly we're all 'at home whenever possible'. For many of us, that means taking over the kitchen table with a laptop and dressing our top half only for countless video call engagements. Others...

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Why is a leather jacket so expensive?

The classic leather biker jacket style has been around for many years and without a doubt the question ‘Why is this leather jacket so expensive?” has probably popped into shoppers minds countless times. While the answer “Because it’s leather?” is indeed correct and possibly the most obvious thing that has been uttered back, it’s important to know that why this staple item has a high price point isn’t just about the fact that it’s made from leather. What the Barneys team look...

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Breaking the fashion rules in 2021

For most of us, fad fashion and trends aren't high on our list of priorities. However, in the current climate, it's easy to look at fashion more cynically than ever.  But what if we told you to look at things a different way? In 2021, we're not focusing on magazine covers and social trends. We're focusing on self-expression and exploration. When the aisles of the supermarket at the only runway and your friends and family only see your top half on...

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Now Is The Time to Reassess Who You Are

These are crazy times; that’s an understatement. It can be challenging to get through the days at times, and yet somehow the weeks turn into months, and now it’s almost been a year since life changed so dramatically. Let’s not mention the words ‘normal’ and ‘new’ - they’ve been overcooked in the relentless narrative of trying to see what the future might look like. The simplest way of putting it is - nobody knows. There is so much we can’t control about life...

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Covid & Brexit updates 2021

January 2021 Hello Barneys gang! We've aimed to keep you updated with every twist and turn 2020 threw our way but our original blog post was getting a little long so we wanted to start a fresh one. Covid 19 lockdown changes Ever since the beginning of Covid restrictions in 2020, we've put the safety of our staff first which has meant that the recent changes surrounding UK lockdown restrictions haven't changed much for us. All of our team are working from home where...

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How to make your brand new leather biker jacket look ‘vintage’

So you've invested in a new leather jacket, but the problem is - it looks 'too new'. Don't worry, you're among friends here. We get it! We're not usually one to take short cuts but we do have a little advice for people who want their leather to look as if it's aged-gracefully rather than fresh from the rack. Of course, you can always upcycle old leather jacket. That's the beauty of this brilliant material. However, the chances of you...

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The red Michael Jackson thriller jacket and the history behind it is an interesting tale.

The Legend of the Thriller Jacket

Well, Barneys Gang, It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the leaves are changing colour and leather jackets are returning to their natural habitats. That’s right folks, it’s officially Spooky Season (insert evil witches cackle here), and what better way to celebrate than to take a deep dive into the spookiest music video ever created, featuring one of the most iconic leather jackets of all time. You guessed it, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Buckle up gang...

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