Anonymous asked: It's been a pleasure to browse through this fantastic tumblr. As you're clearly knowledgeable about the jackets Barbour produces may I ask you a question regarding sizing (specifically about the Cowen Commando, which I can't seem to find anywhere). I'm a 5, 7" male with an athletic build (160 lbs) and wondered whether you knew what size would work for a non-baggy, Commando or even vintage/new Barbour International? My Bedales in 34/36 fits me well (I usually wear the 36 over a blazer). Thanks!
That’s a tough one to answer. My 42 Bedale and 42 Cowen fit about the same, although the Cowen is a longer and a little “boxier”. The Cowen does have a waist drawstring, so if it’s too big on you, it can be drawn in. You can check out eBay for actual measurements of jackets. I find that helpful, sometimes. Here’s a link to a 38 Cowen, that might be helpful. They do pop up, from time to time. My friends at Royal Male used to have Cowen Commandos and Nethercotts in stock. You should call them and see what they have.
In regards to the International, it depends on which line you are choosing from. The classic A7 is boxier than any of the Heritage Originals or Steve McQueen jackets. Those might be more to your liking, as they are slimmer fitting. The Barbour website has been improved, making it easier to look and compare the different styles.
Thanks for the question. I hope it helps!