Insider news explores the details that make this new menswear range – exclusive to John Lewis – so innovative.

This is no ordinary fashion collaboration. As classic brands that are rooted in a love of the outdoors and a sense of tradition and craftsmanship, Barbour and Land Rover Defender are a natural partnership. And when you add John Lewis to the mix, you have three brands that are a perfect expression of British heritage and authenticity.

The result? The Barbour for Land Rover Defender collection, a range for men (and dogs) that pays homage to the 69-year history of the Land Rover Defender. Taking all the traditional design cues of Barbour clothing and updating them with clever detailing designed especially for our customers, the collection includes everything from reworked wax jackets to sweaters, shirts – and an exclusive dog jacket.

We asked Barbour’s outerwear designer, Gary Janes, to talk us through some of the highlights that are only found here.


“The Hales wax jacket has a Teflon-coated wool back, in a lovely waterproof tweed, to protect leather car seats, because whereas wax can transfer to leather, wool won’t. It’s a practicality, but we’ve also turned it into an aesthetic choice. The tweed under the collar gives it balance, and we’ve used a heavy 8-wale corduroy just for this collection, and a Moss green colour that’s exclusive to John Lewis.”


Anmer quilt jacket in navy, Harrison crew in charcoal,
by Barbour for Land Rover Defender

“The origin of the quilted jacket is that it used to be worn under armour, and now it’s a country icon. We’ve updated the cut to be a bit more urban, and we’ve trimmed this collection with the same tweed and 8-wale corduroy as the wax ones. It’s windproof, lightweight, and you can stick it in a washing machine – whereas you need to let a wax jacket age gracefully!”


“The cut of the sleeves on the wax jackets is designed to be comfortable whether you’re walking or driving. So they have a darted elbow, for flexibility, with tweed running the full length of the underarm, so that you can lean on the arm rests without any worries about the wax transferring.

“In addition, the shoulders have overlays, which give extra protection if you’re using a rucksack, as well as protecting the jacket from seatbelts rubbing, whether you’re a driver or a passenger. We used a reinforced cotton fabric, rather than waxed, so it won’t rub or slip, but again it’s Teflon-coated, so it’s still waterproof.”

Discover the Barbour for Land Rover Defender collection
exclusively at John Lewis in selected shops and online.