Garmology S01 E25: Wax off, wax on – Talking waxed jackets with Ryan Mallison

In today’s episode, my guest is Ryan Mallinson, Yorkshireman and keen maintainer of the waxed jacket legacy. Ryan owns a small company offering repairs and rewaxing of classic waxed cotton jackets such as Barbour, Belstaff and John Partridge. We talk about the process of rewaxing, why it is a good thing, common problems, how to deal with smells, fashion versus function, which brands are better than others and being a fan of James Bond and “that jacket”. Oh, and how taking care of your stuff and using it a long time is sustainable.

Ryan Mallinson is @mallinandson on Instagram and on the web.

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  • James Ross 30/09/2020 at 21:38

    A web search on dating a Barbour revels that the first two numbers below the second barcode on the white tag under the label is year of manufacture. Lacking this, a gold royal warrant was added to the label in 1974, 1982, and 1987. More generally, the Classic original tartan has been changed and country of origin.

    • nick 01/10/2020 at 07:33

      The Royal warrants are the way to roughly date older ones, indeed. Not very exactly though. I need to find an expert and compile a guide! And find similar info to date my old Belstaff.

  • James Ross 30/09/2020 at 21:55

    That would be reveal. Also poppers or zipper to fasten the lining .


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