Team Barneys

In the Team Barneys category of our blog, you’ll see direct insider information from the people who make the brand. Our designers, marketers and directors will be contributing their expertise to all of the articles in this section.

We hope to pass on our insights and create a little space to discuss the fashion industry, trends and style.

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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A Transaction Can Be A Beautiful Thing

Let’s be really honest with each other. We’re in a transactional relationship right now. We’ve hopefully got something that you want, and, naturally, we want something in return for it.  That’s kind of how it works in the world of commerce.   Maybe you just want to purchase something from us and move on, no fuss or rigmarole.  Perhaps you are fed up of brands and companies hounding you with their thinly veiled sales emails and offers. I know I am.    I just did a total cleanse...

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Introducing our Tall, Petite & Plus leather jacket range

If you've been on our mailing list you'll have already heard about our trial range of Tall, Petite and Plus-sized leather jackets. Well, we have further good news - the range is expanding again! We'll be bringing the women's Beppe, Clara & Belina jackets to shoppers with Tall, Petite and Plus-sized figures. In the upcoming months, we'll also have 2 styles for men in Tall and Plus varieties. Due to the success of our specially adapted size ranges, we're looking into...

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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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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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Image displays a man wearing a leather jacket under studio lights. the jacket has quilted shoulders and is a classic asymmetric fit. The image is shot in black and white.

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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Image displays two friends looking out onto a city skyline. One is wearing a leather jacket, the other is wearing a padded coat.

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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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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Video Guide: How to Measure A Leather Jacket

We know it's not rocket science, but getting the right fit for your leather jacket is extremely important. Not only for style reasons, but to ensure you're comfortable. No two leather jackets are the same. Each different skin, shape and style creates a totally unique silhouette. For that reason, we don't use one standard size chart for all products. When shopping with Barneys Originals, you'll notice that every product has its own individual size chart which is measured by our...

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