1 Piece/3 Ways: The Barbour Jacket feat. Towni

February 21st, 2014

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Hey there TSB, I’m back…

Not that I was ever really gone. From working as a stylist at Michael Andrews Bespoke, to developing my own brand consulting business, menswear has kept me busy.  I’ve also moved to Brooklyn, grown my hair out, and developed a completely new sense of personal style.  It’s funny looking back at my first post…  I can’t imagine ever putting something like that together today (although to be fair, those last 3 looks ARE pretty solid).

Brooklyn has definitely played a major part in my personal growth; I’m excited to start sharing the style and culture of my new hood in posts to come. Anyways, I’ve missed the interaction with you all, and it feels really good to be creating new content for TSBmen (plus, someone’s got to put Dan in his place on WIWT).

Today we’re focusing on a menswear staple, The Barbour Jacket.  Now this isn’t your typical Bedale or Beaufort, it’s a Barbour Sapper; a modern take on a waxed canvas classic.  It’s cut a little higher and has a slightly slimmer profile, to give it more of a contemporary look.  Here, I style it 3 ways, showing how this piece can work for almost any occasion.


1. Brooklyn Casual


This is what my style usually reflects these days, relaxed and casual.  I like clothes that have utility and, more importantly, are damn comfortable.

A Barbour makes perfect sense for a casual day in the neighborhood since it’s warm, waterproof, and has a ton of pockets for my daily carry (wallet, phone, keys, glasses, sunglasses, gloves, hat, business cards, etc).


Obviously you can’t see it, but these canvas chinos are flannel lined…  Makes a huge difference when the winter has been as nasty as this one.

I picked up this sweatshirt when I toured the Brooklyn Brewery a couple months ago.  It’s surprisingly soft, and I really like the collegiate style of it.  I’m usually not one for graphic tees or logos, but I just love that damn beer too much.


Wellington boots are great for really rainy/snowy days…  With these, I don’t have to give massive puddles or snow banks a second thought, which really takes some of the stress out of a tough winter commute.

These are felt-lined too, so my feet stay warm even on the coldest days.


  • “Downing” Tortoise Frames by Warby Parker
  • Olive waxed coat by Barbour
  • Buffalo plaid scarf Vintage
  • Green plaid shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
  • Flannel lined canvas chinos by J Crew
  • Rubber boots by Aigle
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  • Joe T

    Dude, what’s with the boots? I know you’re from a rich family, but do you have to always look like you’re out hunting quail?

  • Jose Marcial

    That first post of yours is still one of my favorites on this site.

  • Rachel Bell

    These are all great looks. Really digging the fit of the denim in the second look.

  • andrew

    I have this jacket and love it to death and actually have been shopping for a crushable wool hat to keep the weather off. But which Bailey hat is that?

  • chuckdaly

    It says a lot about a jacket when over 6 photos are taken of it, and none show it even minimally zipped. Maybe if I were on a vacation in Scotland or Ireland. Otherwise, I’ll take pass.

    • Andrew

      Actually the Jacket zipped is great. The interior is quilted and extremely warm. Plus it has drawstrings that allow you to have a more fitted silhouette. It is the best jacket I have ever owned.

  • Stinky Pete

    Bean boots with a tie?

  • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

    I prefer Old Towni.

  • nic

    Brooklyn jump the shark a long time ago. Glad “your” looks are exact same thing as what everyone else wears in BK.

    • Daniel

      Brooklyn is actually pretty diverse. I’ve never seen a Hasid wear a Barbour jacket.

      • nic

        Brooklyn is very diverse, to bad you or this guy never make it south of Broadway. Go pound sand, sir.

  • John B

    Waxed jackets are amazing! I recently got one and I’m wearing it all the time. Welcome back by the way! The pictures of the flat should have been on their own post, it’s that good!

  • Dave Coakley

    What I like about this is you’re well dressed but it’s also practical. Plenty of pockets for your wallet, keys, glasses, etc.

    ….and stylish, while remaining practical for the weather.

  • Brent

    Towni where did you get the replica flag?

  • Stuart

    Fire. All of three of these looks were incredible. Good to have you back Towni.

  • Kyle Leon Norville

    Awesome Jacket and post!!!!

    I definitely agree. The LL Bean Signature’s are the best purchase I have made in a while.


    I am trying to figure out how to clean the lower section of these Boots, as mine has gotten a bit scuffed up through the continuous wearing of them.

    Any suggestions?

    • Travis

      Use the same stuff you’d use to shine up your car tires!

  • http://alreadyinvoiced.tumblr.com/ Adrian B

    My man Towni ! Very dope post. Got me thinking about hitting a Barbour myself now

  • Daniel

    Brooklyn Casual looks like you’re about to work on a farm! But I suppose anything goes in BK

  • benny

    such a cool room

  • Jay v.

    You sir are winning! Towni, nice to see you back bro! Towni you pull off the Brooklyn aesthetic. Not sure if it really meshes with my style but I can appreciate it. That suit in the final post is just so on point. From the fit to the pattern and details.

  • Jeanscuffed

    I was never a fan of rubber boots or duck boots BUT for some reason Towni’s outfits just make me want a pair. Living in Texas I probably won’t use them alot but I just think with my aesthetic I wouldn’t look good in them. I dig Towni’s fits but for some reason I’m more interested in the way his space is set up. Real intriguing setup. Great post, glad to see he’s “back”.

  • khordkutta

    3 words: AWESOME. WET. BAR.

  • TT

    Ah, the old rich kid pretending to rough it aesthetic. Classic New York.

  • Mitko

    Half empty bottles of Bourbon and a type writer…all you need to do is write standing up and move to Key West. Love it.

  • E

    Love those Just a Men shoes, but I don’t see the dbl monks on their site. Am I missing them?

  • http://whentowear.tumblr.com/ WhenToWear

    Far cry from what you used to wear, but it’s working for you!

  • JoeFromTexas

    Wow, the content is coming hot and heavy, I’m still trying to keep up. Great stuff guys.

    First off, I just want to say that I’m glad to see Townie alive and well. I was this close to calling TSB headquarters and going Liam Neeson on whoever picked up.

    Great looks all around. I don’t know that I’d ever wear those Bean boots or rubber boots unless I was out all day hunting ducks or geese, but they don’t look bad.

  • Ben

    The latest trend in Brooklyn is wearing sweaters that say “Brooklyn” on them

  • Richard L.

    Judging by previous comments in the last post, people seem to hate the baseball cap.

    I on the other hand, LOVE IT. I’m all about New Era’s 59Fifty’s, but the Ebbets Field Flannels Towni’s always rocking give a casual yet not so teenager-esque look.

    Great feature and great to see you back!

  • cam

    “If you don’t have a pair of LL Bean duck boots in your wardrobe already, I suggest you reconsider your life choices” – I love this towni and couldn’t agree more…my bean boots rarely come off my feet during the autumn/winter weekends…I watched your interview video again…where is that guy lol!!

    • Paul Kim

      Could anyone recommend how to get your LL Bean Waxed Canvas shoes on? I have a hard time getting my feet into them when the winter gets cold. That’s why I hardly wear them but I really like them a lot. I have the same LL Bean Signature boots but have trouble getting them on. Thanks!

    • Bob

      I owned a pair of those waxed canvas Maine Hunting Boots, but even after I sized down one and a half sizes, my foot was still floating around in them. Returned them and haven’t regretted it. They’re too much boot for a place like Austin, TX.

  • marcel

    Rugged but smoothed. Welcome back!

  • Rob

    Killin it Towni! I’ve always been super uncomfortable wearing any other heavy outerwear other than the pea-coat. Nice post showing how to rock a super classy jacket I would not have immediately gone for.

  • Nicolas

    Look n2 is great!
    And i see that someone loves scotch whisky… good for you ;) Slainte! (Cheers in gaelic)

  • kfung

    Welcome back Towni! Always loved the Barbour’s versatility and practicality. I’ve got a battered 5 year old navy Beaufort which looks better with age and has developed its own character.

    Been inspired by look no.1 to wear my sweatshirt (navy Champion) more as a sweater over a shirt rather than with my gym clothes.

    Keep up the excellent work, guys!!