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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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This black and white photo displays a family stood together proudly. It is the family of behind the brand Barney & Taylor. There are 8 people in the frame stood at the bottom of a garden pathway.

Everything We’ve Learnt From 100 Years In The Leather Industry

Running a family business is something of a double-edged sword.There’s great pride in the heritage that has preceded you, and yet continuing that history can also feel at times like something of a burden too.The family never meant to get into the leather industry either, it just sort of happened.At the turn of the 20th Century, my great grandparents, on my mum’s side, had a factory manufacturing knitwear. With it being rainy Manchester eventually they began to make raincoats,...

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The Ultimate Leather Gift Guide 2020

Forgive us for dropping the 'C' word so soon, but this year has been such a whirlwind that the festive season will soon be upon us without even realising.Have you started prepping for Christmas yet?It's been a weird year and we don't really know what Christmas 2020 will look like, but the small joy of exchanging gifts with family offers a sense of normality; even if we're celebrating via zoom or singing carols from the end of the drive!Since...

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How the Beatles Changed Fashion Forever

In the 1960s, four working class scouse lads got together and decided to make a band. They called themselves, “The Beatles”. You might have heard of them.In May of 1963, they reached number one in the UK charts with, “Please, Please Me” and the rest, as they say, is history.The Beatles went on to achieve 20 number one hits, conquer America, redefine rock and roll and arguably change the world as we know it today.Even as Mancs, we have...

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How to wear your coloured leather asymmetric biker

A leather jacket is an investment, it is a garment of longevity and with the right care will last years for you. While you’re searching for your new leather jacket, it’s important to remind yourself that black is not your only colour option. If you’re keen to develop your style with a colourful statement piece while maintaining a cool, classic style then I strongly suggest investing in a coloured leather asymmetric biker. A black asymmetric biker is timeless, classic...

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