This is the sequence from left to right and somewhere along the chain, a little alchemy happens in the form of the wax DPM camo NATO Barbour jacket.

This is the bridge between two ostensibly very different jackets. The red and black wax Belstaff Trialmasters, and the 1950s Belgian ‘Congo’ camo paratroop jump jacket. But look a little closer and you’ll see that both exhibit similar design details, such as the scalloped reinforced elbow patches, stand neck zip front with press studded storm flap, all of which can trace a direct lineage back to the DNA of the Denison smock, or the wax Admiralty jackets aka the ‘Ursula’ suit. Different colour, different times, different countries, pretty much the same under the skin.

Words Simon McLean

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