So, as autumn approaches, what is available that is stylish, breathable, quiet and made from natural materials to keep off the worst of the weather? Many of the traditional rainproof garments, made from fabrics such as cotton, were first developed here in the UK by Barbour, Belstaff, Ventile, British Millerain and Grenfell among others (many still going strong in the UK). Could this have been something to do with the British weather and our love of being outdoors walking, climbing, shooting, fishing or sport? This long practical heritage has appealed to British explorers and mountaineers, royalty and the quintessentially cool (i.e. Steve McQueen).
Here are a few examples of outdoor clothing made from natural materials (cotton or wool based) that offer stylish alternatives to more technical artificial fabrics.
|Barbour Sapper wax jacket|
|Hilltrek Ventile windshirt|
|Joe Caseley-Heyford at John Lewis Ventile mac|
|Orvis Everest Jacket - Ventile and Scottish tweed|
|Grenfell original Harrington jacket|
|A vintage Grenfell outdoor/shooting jacket - no longer available!|
|Boden Biker, British Millerain waxed fabric|
|Boden Reefer, British Millerain waxed jacket|