Behind the Brand: Dubarry of Ireland

Fall is coming, folks. There is nothing we can do to stop it. Gone are the days of ultra-high humidity and sunsets at 8:30PM. The cold mornings are followed by warm afternoon sun and cool evenings. The rain will play an important part of the next few months as well. It’s time to prepare accordingly – especially your closet.

The elements may be a lot of overcome, but stock yourself with a healthy serving of Dubarry and you’ll be mighty fine (and warm!).  Anne from Dubarry HQ was nice enough to sit down for a chat…

Dubarry was founded in 1937 as a co-operative to provide work in the small town of Ballinasloe, County Galway, on the glorious West Coast of Ireland. The name was borrowed from Madame du Barry, a famous French courtesan, to give the brand a more European feel. Dubarry prided itself as a specialist hand stitched moccasin manufacturer, drawing from a local population of skilled and hardworking craftsmen and women. Since that time the brand has developed this heritage and expertise, combining the generations of skilled craftsmanship with the best modern innovations in production technology to create world class products for the most demanding environments.

After having established itself as the market leader in the design and manufacture of Dubarry Performance Marine Footwear (sailing boots and boating/deck shoes) Dubarry turned its attention to the fieldsports and country lifestyle market. The Dubarry County Collection quickly rose to prominence across Europe, as they succeeded in merging the technical expertise of their Marine Collection with style and elegance in design. Within the past decade Dubarry has introduced a clothing collection, which holds true to their passion for old-world craftsmanship, high quality, performance fabrics, and timeless design.

The Dubarry “Guy” and the Dubarry “Look” go hand in hand: The Dubarry guy is a man who is not concerned about trends or fast fashion. He wants footwear and clothing that will never fall out of vogue, and that he can wear with pride for years. He needs gear that he can wear working out in the yard, rinse off, and wear out into town without missing a beat. I daresay he may be a bit of a traditionalist. He appreciates luxury and quality, but doesn’t need to be flashy about it. He’s a man that needs boots that keep his feet warm and dry, and a jacket that keeps out the wind and cold and wet. The Dubarry guy is active, smart, understated, and always dressed appropriately, whatever the weather.

What makes Dubarry special? One of the tag lines that we use for our Kerry boot is that it’s “Elegantly styled with off-road capabilities.” I think this phrase is applicable to our brand as a whole. We’ve managed to create products that are hard-working and highly functional, but with classic silhouettes and a more traditional design ethos. Dubarry is a heritage brand with a rich history, still based right in County Galway, and it is that history and expertise which informs the way we design and develop our products. Our boots are all hand-crafted in Portugal, with leather that we tan on site. The waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex lining that we use in our footwear and some of our clothing is unmatched in performance.

A huge part of who we are as a brand is our close proximity to our customer. We interact with our core, traditional customer at hundreds of horse shows, game fairs, and boat shows around the world every year. This keeps Dubarry and our products grounded and focused on our end user.

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I really dig quite a bit from the Dubarry lineup.  My favorites:

The Yeats Vest: This is a sharp vest.  I love the color, and the quilted look.  It’s a dressed up version of an everyday hunting vest.
The Crean Lambswool Sweater: A Snap-T fleece for adults.  But made of lambswool and much better fitting.
The Kildare Boots: Keeping with the theme of the taller Dubarry boots, I love the mid-calf cut; much more ‘everyday’ friendly.  These would go with everything from shooting, building a fence, or tailgating.  THESE WILL BE MINE…

Be sure to check out the Dubarry collection at Onward Reserve.

Atlantic Drift Goodies

Outstanding work by Atlantic Drift on their Oyster Roast Tuxedo shirt and their Fly Visor.  How do you like that Wm. Lamb artwork?  Get ‘em quick…they may not last long.

Filson Announces Their Restoration Department

 

Well, it makes perfect sense. Not only will a Filson bag last longer than you’ll have a taste for it, but now a hole, tear, or too much wear won’t stop your Filson from holding up it’s end of the bargain.  Filson has announced their Restoration Department which will take care of your worn bag, but also be selling vintage bags that have been professionally restored in-house.  Be sure to check their site every Monday starting on November 17th for new offerings.

Res Ipsa: Winterizing

You’ve heard me go on and on about the great work Res Ipsa is doing.  I first came to know them this Spring, and have been a fan ever since.  I have a couple pairs of the kilim loafers, and wear them all the time.

Josh and Odini are simply killing it.  I’ve seen their loafers popping up all over the place…whether it’s H. Stockton in Atlanta or Grady Ervin in Charleston, they are all having trouble keeping them in stock.  Besides being at the helm of their bourgeoning business, they are two of the greatest guys I know.  Simply outstanding individuals who really take pleasure in doing what they do.

Now, as the seasons change, so is Res Ipsa.  Well, ‘change’ might be a drastic word, but let’s just say they are winterizing.  They are releasing a line of Harris Tweed tartan goods that will make your head spin.  Weekender bags, tote bags, loafers, and chukka boots in the fine, authentic Harris Tweed that is the envy of all other wools. I had a chance to preview the line last week, and am happy to show you good folks.

Here we go:

The weekender bag, the dopp kit, Harris Tweed loafers and chukka boots.  Don’t be afraid of these…allow it to happen.  Pair with a good pair of jeans and a sweater, and you are good to go.  Keep it to a minimum in terms of other patterns or plaids; let the loafers and boots do the talking.

The Red and Black tartan.  Seriously.

Another weekender bag, a tote bag, and their brand new camo suit cover.  The suit cover is a really nice addition to the lineup – it’s thick enough to protect the contents, but light enough to be easy.  It’s big enough for a suit, a jacket, and a pair of pants.

The tote bag up close

Their full line will be uploaded to their website very soon…you know I’ll let you know.

Edward Green Trunk Show at Sid Mashburn

As if there already wasn’t enough great stuff happening in Atlanta’s Westside this weekend, here’s another one you can’t miss:  Sid Mashburn is hosting Edward Green for a trunk show at his Atlanta store.  Seriously…some of the nicest shoes you’ve ever seen, and some of the nicest folks you’ve ever met.

Drop by if you are in the neighborhood.

Recent Finds: Winter Jackets

I’ve recently added two new (vintage) jackets to my winter lineup.  Luckily, I’ve remained in pretty good shape, so a few of the tweets that I used to wear are now too big.  I like to think it’s my eating habits and pseudo-dedication to staying healthy, but more than likely they have just stretched out.

This black watch job by Pringle is an Ebay find.  I’ve been looking for a black watch jacket forever, and almost every one I come across is damaged, cut like a pillowcase, or made of a nasty blend.  Not this one…the fit is perfect (especially for a vintage jacket), and the colors are just right.  I’m not a huge fan of the buttons, but they aren’t something I’ll change right away.

Numero dos is a Made-in-the-USA Pendleton tweed, complete with a ticket pocket.  This one was a gift from the Goodwill Gods, and it fits like a glove.  I won’t have to alter this one an inch.  It’s a medium weight tweed, and the pattern is awesome.  I really like the touch of blue, as most of the shirts I wear are blue.  And I love those leather buttons, man.  I get older, and they stay the same age…

I can’t wait to give these bad boys a ride…

New Art

I’m working on a post about ‘Dude Decorating’, which is turning out well.  As guys, not only do we need some help and accountability with our clothing style, but we also need some help with our livability style.  Stay tuned…

For now, some new art.  I got it in a 9×12 which I’m planning on having matted and framed…and will hang in my closet…as daily inspiration:

‘Waschanstalt/Zurich’, by Robert Hardmeyer (1905)

Vintage art.  It never gets old.