Culture

We love fashion, but that’s not the only thing we’re interested in. Our ‘culture’ section gives us the opportunity to tell you a little more about our values as a brand and of course, share and interview people who match our same ideals.

The Rise of Cheugy and What It Means for Personal Style

We don't do trends at Barneys Originals, we do personal style. It's a slower pace and a more forgiving realm. Wearing something that was once cool in the 80's but not so much now? Well, come as you are. We don't mind. Maybe it's our ethos, maybe it's just because leather doesn't really outdate itself - we've just never been trend chasers. So when the word cheugy started bouncing around the office, we had to roll our eyes. Cheugy - Pronounced Chew-Ghee.  Definition:...

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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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Image displays a lively bar with many people queuing up to place an order.

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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Image description: People walk past authentic advertising posters on a busy street. The posters are bright with cartoon characters talking about how advertising makes them feel bad.

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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Image displays the legs of a person lazily draped over the arm of a sofa, they are wearing a grey lougewear set with white slippers.

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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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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Image shows a classic photograph of The Beatles performing in black leather jackets.

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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