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When you buy from Barney & Taylor, you’re acquiring far more than exquisite hand-made leather items; you’re investing in statement icons that will last lifetimes; heirloom pieces that will take on the patina of your life – potent personal possessions that will travel your journey, tell your story – and become the essence of who you are.

Barney & Taylor. It’s a vintage name that’s stood the test of time. It has a richly grained patina of history and heritage. It’s the perfect badge of honour for premium-quality leather jackets that also outlast time; whose look, feel and fit are enriched by the passing of the years - creating their own unique history for the people who wear them.

The ‘Barney’ of Barney & Taylor first emerged into the world in 1911. A baby boy adored by his parents and four elder siblings, he had a grand name - Barnett Rosemarine – though everyone knew him as ‘Barney’. He was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Mary Rosemarine, successful Manchester garment factory owners. The Barney & Taylor name arises from the warp and weft of history whose origins are in the Manchester garment industry, an honourable Lancashire trade arising from the Industrial Revolution that forged Manchester into a mighty city.

Not that Harry and Mary were born successful and prosperous – far from it. They worked their way up through sheer hard graft, grit and determination. Mary, for example, originally earned her living sewing beads onto jumpers for other garment- makers – but so skilled, so diligent and so successful was she that she soon had her own thriving business.

M. Rosemarine Ltd arose out of Mary’s tireless efforts and endless demands for garment quality and integrity, and it grew into an impressive factory and warehouse operation on the outskirts of Manchester.

Mary and her husband Harry developed M. Rosemarine Ltd into a prodigiously successful clothing making business and decided to name one of their garment types after their youngest son, Barney. The ‘Barney’ was originally a raincoat of extraordinary quality, which effortlessly shrugged off Manchester’s notoriously wet weather.
Moreover, it demonstrated the very best in the new garment-making and waterproofing technologies then available and because of its outstanding quality and durability (characteristics that would soon define the company’s leather jackets)

As Barney grew up, he took on the full mantle of the clothing trade, becoming a young apprentice tailor and learning every single aspect of the garment-making industry, before employing his considerable abilities in the family business alongside his equally talented brothers Louis and
David.

As he grew older, wiser and ever more skilled, Barney’s contribution to the success of the family business expanded accordingly – and under his deft guiding hands, the company took on the design and manufacture of leather jackets and coats of outstanding quality and
classic style.

Like the best hand-made shoes, wallets, belts and other leather goods, Barney’s leather jackets and coats were often once-in-a lifetime purchases for the people who bought them, and because of their durability and timeless look, they were reverently handed down the generations, witnessing the passing of time, participating in peace and war, taking on the polish, patina and ageing that only years of faithful and devoted wear could bestow. Even today, many of these classic Barney garments are still being worn by proud second and third generation owners.

While expanding the business through the introduction of quality leatherwear, Barney also bought property in what is now Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter. He acquired smaller garment making companies such as Clydesdale Purchases, Shirtmakers, and Alwyn Ltd - and he used their combined resources to make M.Rosemarine Ltd into a truly formidable manufacturing business.

Up until this time, the company had only been a wholesale operation - but Barney decided to open up two retail stores and employed his sisters, Kitty and Betty, to manage them.

Barney was as extraordinary and brilliant in his personal life as he was in business. In his spare time, he was a popular and hilarious stand-up comedian performing under the name of ‘Jock Marine’; he also became a published and much admired author, his most famous work being a lighthearted poetry book called ‘Haimishe Laffs and Chaffs’.
Barney was also a generous-hearted and hugely charitable man. He freely donated acres of land he owned as a site for the construction of a local hospital - and he was also Patron of the Manchester Blind Society.

Barney married Ella Taylor in 1937 and they had four children, Valerie, Shirley, Lynda and Susan. Lynda married her childhood sweetheart, Syd who was also in the leather industry – and together they built up the business to a whole new level of success. Lynda and Syd’s two sons, Richard and Michael, still run the business to this day. Having added ‘Taylor’ to the family business name, they honour both their grandfather and grandmother – and they have also created a name who’s rich and resonant heritage matches that of the beautiful leather goods they so lovingly make today.

1897

Barney & Taylor - leatherwear for the 21st century, reserving the DNA of leather jackets and accessories whose designs have stood the test of time. Contemporary and cutting-edge, fitting you perfectly, Barney & Taylor is as unique as you are.

Barney & Taylor design - the re-engineering of classic leatherwear for the 21st century. In the style and cut, shape and silhouette of our leather goods, we preserve the essential DNA of leather jackets, coats and accessories whose classic designs have withstood the test of time. Respecting the heritage of styles evolving in peacetime and war, protecting from the elements and providing comfort for the wearer, we have developed outerwear that is classic, timeless - and totally contemporary. Look at our collection and you’ll see echoes of bomber and aviator jackets with origins in World War 1 flying apparel; you’ll find asymmetrically-cut biker-style jackets based on ‘lancer-fronted’ motorcycle jackets first introduced to the U.S.A in 1928. Other timeless designs with military and utility origins also provide inspiration for our designers.

Our leather goods are designed in England by time-served leatherwear design professionals; individuals who instinctively know how to shape the leather so that its heft and fall will fit you perfectly. So whatever your choice from the Barney & Taylor portfolio, you can be certain that you’re creating a new tradition founded on an honoured heritage – defining your own distinctive look based on an item that’s as unique as you are.

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Selected for their feel, suppleness and touch by our expert buyers, the world’s finest hides are hand-finished with care by our own time-served artisans, to become unique Barney and Taylor craftsman-made leather goods.

Before leather starts its journey to become a Barney & Taylor item, it is selected by our expert buyers for its provenance, quality and durability. English bridle leather is frequently selected for our accessories because of its outstanding performance characteristics; our outerwear leathers are chosen from the finest hides sourced from all over the globe.

Only the assured hands of a craftsman can properly assess properties of leather by its feel, suppleness and touch – and our leather-workers are true craftsmen. Experts in how leather behaves, breathes and reacts to changing conditions, they take into account all these factors – and a lifetime of subtle knowledge – to supervise pattern-making, leather-cutting and the individual making of each item.

They hand-cut, glue and stitch the pieces to bring out the best in the leather, bearing in mind its colour, finish and grain; they create the finished piece so that it will hang perfectly to flatter the wearer; they ensure the leather moves with you, with all the subtlety and suppleness of a second skin. The moment you touch, feel and wear your Barney & Taylor leather jacket, coat or accessory, you’ll instinctively know all these things – and from that moment, it will shape itself to you, embrace you - become you.

The world-spanning journey of hide to become Barney & Taylor leather; the journey through time of Barney & Taylor family history - and the designs behind cutting-edge Barney & Taylor styles – all leading to you, where your own journey begins.

When you own Barney & Taylor leather goods, you’ve made a heritage investment that will last for generations; more than that, though, you’ve acquired a multi-layered story of different journeys that have led to a single destination – you. Barney & Taylor’s family history is a journey through time that tells of hard work and high standards, craftsmanship and quality – leading to that favourite B&T belt of yours, the wallet you love, or the jacket that takes on more of you every time you wear it.

Then there are the journeys our leather goods have taken before they become owned and cherished by you; from the corners of the world, premium-grade leather has travelled to England; from craftsmen and makers, their expertise has journeyed with that leather. These and so many other stories now meet their journeys’ end in the Barney & Taylor leather items you have made your own.Barney & Taylor’s design inspirations are a journey through a time-honoured heritage - but our jackets and coats are totally of the present. Clean, cutting-edge and sharp, their style is dictated by how you wear them. That’s your journey; you decide on the route – and how you travel.

The moment you acquire a Barney & Taylor item, it becomes your brand; it defines you. In turn, you become the brand, you take on its quality, its uniqueness and personality so that a new brand is created – unique, iconic and exclusively yours.

Take a close look at a Barney & Taylor leather jacket. Our brand is there for you to discover, but it is subtle, modest, discreet. Look for the distinctive B&T branded zips, rivets and studs - especially the single gold stud adorned with the busy bee which appears in our logo and in the Manchester coat of arms; the honeycomb-pattern gold lining; the shoulder badge – small visual clues that tell you this can only be a Barney & Taylor jacket.

It’s the same for our accessory collection – subtly badged so as to be unmistakably B&T. But our brand is about more than visible signatures; it’s also about identity. Personality.
The elements that only you can bring to a Barney & Taylor piece. By wearing it, using it, giving it the grain and patina of who you are, you stamp it with your own unique and individual brand.

Barney and Taylor is yours for life. Yours for as long as you choose to keep your Barney & Taylor item. Your brand will remain with it when you hand it on (as surely you will) to someone else. Then it will begin a whole new journey with its new owner, who will stamp it with their brand. Their story. Their journey through the world.

Your choice of Barney & Taylor leather is destined to become yours for life; absorbing the journey on which you travel; wearing the marks and impressions of years as proud insignia; becoming you until the day you pass it on to another, when it begins its journey afresh.

The moment you take possession of your Barney & Taylor leather goods, you begin your own new journey – in the constant and reliable company of a leather accessory or garment that has been designed, engineered and crafted to last a lifetime – and several more besides.

When you wear a Barney & Taylor coat or jacket, it will settle to your frame, take on your shape, ease itself into being the garment of choice you will always grab first as you set out on every meaningful journey through life.

It will absorb the memory of friends and family, take on the trace elements of brilliant music and inspiring places; summon the echoes of memorable parties and great events when it was there with you.

Like its owner, it will take on the dents,
dings and scars that life throws at it.

But it will always come good,
look great and make you feel the way you instinctively feel,
that’s just right.

So start your voyage by making your commitment to Barney & Taylor and look forward to a lifetime enjoying the company of a valued companion that will keep the faith, share your days – and always be with you on the journey.

When you buy from Barney & Taylor, you’re acquiring far more than exquisite hand-made leather items; you’re investing in statement icons that will last lifetimes; heirloom pieces that will take on the patina of your life – potent personal possessions that will travel your journey, tell your story – and become the essence of who you are.

Barney & Taylor. It’s a vintage name that’s stood the test of time. It has a richly grained patina of history and heritage. It’s the perfect badge of honour for premium-quality leather jackets that also outlast time; whose look, feel and fit are enriched by the passing of the years - creating their own unique history for the people who wear them.

The ‘Barney’ of Barney & Taylor first emerged into the world in 1911. A baby boy adored by his parents and four elder siblings, he had a grand name - Barnett Rosemarine – though everyone knew him as ‘Barney’. He was the youngest of five children born to Harry and Mary Rosemarine, successful Manchester garment factory owners. The Barney & Taylor name arises from the warp and weft of history whose origins are in the Manchester garment industry, an honourable Lancashire trade arising from the Industrial Revolution that forged Manchester into a mighty city.

Not that Harry and Mary were born successful and prosperous – far from it. They worked their way up through sheer hard graft, grit and determination. Mary, for example, originally earned her living sewing beads onto jumpers for other garment- makers – but so skilled, so diligent and so successful was she that she soon had her own thriving business.<br />
<br />
M. Rosemarine Ltd arose out of Mary’s tireless efforts and endless demands for garment quality and integrity, and it grew into an impressive factory and warehouse operation on the outskirts of Manchester.

Mary and her husband Harry developed M. Rosemarine Ltd into a prodigiously successful clothing making business and decided to name one of their garment types after their youngest son, Barney. The ‘Barney’ was originally a raincoat of extraordinary quality, which effortlessly shrugged off Manchester’s notoriously wet weather.<br />
Moreover, it demonstrated the very best in the new garment-making and waterproofing technologies then available and because of its outstanding quality and durability (characteristics that would soon define the company’s leather jackets)

As Barney grew up, he took on the full mantle of the clothing trade, becoming a young apprentice tailor and learning every single aspect of the garment-making industry, before employing his considerable abilities in the family business alongside his equally talented brothers Louis and <br />
David.<br />
<br />
As he grew older, wiser and ever more skilled, Barney’s contribution to the success of the family business expanded accordingly – and under his deft guiding hands, the company took on the design and manufacture of leather jackets and coats of outstanding quality and <br />
classic style.

Like the best hand-made shoes, wallets, belts and other leather goods, Barney’s leather jackets and coats were often once-in-a lifetime purchases for the people who bought them, and because of their durability and timeless look, they were reverently handed down the generations, witnessing the passing of time, participating in peace and war, taking on the polish, patina and ageing that only years of faithful and devoted wear could bestow. Even today, many of these classic Barney garments are still being worn by proud second and third generation owners.

While expanding the business through the introduction of quality leatherwear, Barney also bought property in what is now Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter. He acquired smaller garment making companies such as Clydesdale Purchases, Shirtmakers, and Alwyn Ltd - and he used their combined resources to make M.Rosemarine Ltd into a truly formidable manufacturing business.<br />
<br />
Up until this time, the company had only been a wholesale operation - but Barney decided to open up two retail stores and employed his sisters, Kitty and Betty, to manage them.

Barney was as extraordinary and brilliant in his personal life as he was in business. In his spare time, he was a popular and hilarious stand-up comedian performing under the name of ‘Jock Marine’; he also became a published and much admired author, his most famous work being a lighthearted poetry book called ‘Haimishe Laffs and Chaffs’.<br />
Barney was also a generous-hearted and hugely charitable man. He freely donated acres of land he owned as a site for the construction of a local hospital - and he was also Patron of the Manchester Blind Society.

Barney married Ella Taylor in 1937 and they had four children, Valerie, Shirley, Lynda and Susan. Lynda married her childhood sweetheart, Syd who was also in the leather industry – and together they built up the business to a whole new level of success. Lynda and Syd’s two sons, Richard and Michael, still run the business to this day. Having added ‘Taylor’ to the family business name, they honour both their grandfather and grandmother – and they have also created a name who’s rich and resonant heritage matches that of the beautiful leather goods they so lovingly make today.

1897

Barney &amp; Taylor - leatherwear for the 21st century, reserving the DNA of leather jackets and accessories whose designs have stood the test of time. Contemporary and cutting-edge, fitting you perfectly, Barney &amp; Taylor is as unique as you are.

Barney &amp; Taylor design - the re-engineering of classic leatherwear for the 21st century. In the style and cut, shape and silhouette of our leather goods, we preserve the essential DNA of leather jackets, coats and accessories whose classic designs have withstood the test of time. Respecting the heritage of styles evolving in peacetime and war, protecting from the elements and providing comfort for the wearer, we have developed outerwear that is classic, timeless - and totally contemporary. Look at our collection and you’ll see echoes of bomber and aviator jackets with origins in World War 1 flying apparel; you’ll find asymmetrically-cut biker-style jackets based on ‘lancer-fronted’ motorcycle jackets first introduced to the U.S.A in 1928. Other timeless designs with military and utility origins also provide inspiration for our designers.

Our leather goods are designed in England by time-served leatherwear design professionals; individuals who instinctively know how to shape the leather so that its heft and fall will fit you perfectly. So whatever your choice from the Barney &amp; Taylor portfolio, you can be certain that you’re creating a new tradition founded on an honoured heritage – defining your own distinctive look based on an item that’s as unique as you are.

the union flag

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Selected for their feel, suppleness and touch by our expert buyers, the world’s finest hides are hand-finished with care by our own time-served artisans, to become unique Barney and Taylor craftsman-made leather goods.

Before leather starts its journey to become a Barney &amp; Taylor item, it is selected by our expert buyers for its provenance, quality and durability. English bridle leather is frequently selected for our accessories because of its outstanding performance characteristics; our outerwear leathers are chosen from the finest hides sourced from all over the globe.

Only the assured hands of a craftsman can properly assess properties of leather by its feel, suppleness and touch – and our leather-workers are true craftsmen. Experts in how leather behaves, breathes and reacts to changing conditions, they take into account all these factors – and a lifetime of subtle knowledge – to supervise pattern-making, leather-cutting and the individual making of each item.

They hand-cut, glue and stitch the pieces to bring out the best in the leather, bearing in mind its colour, finish and grain; they create the finished piece so that it will hang perfectly to flatter the wearer; they ensure the leather moves with you, with all the subtlety and suppleness of a second skin. The moment you touch, feel and wear your Barney &amp; Taylor leather jacket, coat or accessory, you’ll instinctively know all these things – and from that moment, it will shape itself to you, embrace you - become you.

The world-spanning journey of hide to become Barney &amp; Taylor leather; the journey through time of Barney &amp; Taylor family history - and the designs behind cutting-edge Barney &amp; Taylor styles – all leading to you, where your own journey begins.

When you own Barney &amp; Taylor leather goods, you’ve made a heritage investment that will last for generations; more than that, though, you’ve acquired a multi-layered story of different journeys that have led to a single destination – you. Barney &amp; Taylor’s family history is a journey through time that tells of hard work and high standards, craftsmanship and quality – leading to that favourite B&amp;T belt of yours, the wallet you love, or the jacket that takes on more of you every time you wear it.

Then there are the journeys our leather goods have taken before they become owned and cherished by you; from the corners of the world, premium-grade leather has travelled to England; from craftsmen and makers, their expertise has journeyed with that leather. These and so many other stories now meet their journeys’ end in the Barney &amp; Taylor leather items you have made your own.Barney &amp; Taylor’s design inspirations are a journey through a time-honoured heritage - but our jackets and coats are totally of the present. Clean, cutting-edge and sharp, their style is dictated by how you wear them. That’s your journey; you decide on the route – and how you travel.

The moment you acquire a Barney &amp; Taylor item, it becomes your brand; it defines you. In turn, you become the brand, you take on its quality, its uniqueness and personality so that a new brand is created – unique, iconic and exclusively yours.

Take a close look at a Barney &amp; Taylor leather jacket. Our brand is there for you to discover, but it is subtle, modest, discreet. Look for the distinctive B&amp;T branded zips, rivets and studs - especially the single gold stud adorned with the busy bee which appears in our logo and in the Manchester coat of arms; the honeycomb-pattern gold lining; the shoulder badge – small visual clues that tell you this can only be a Barney &amp; Taylor jacket.

It’s the same for our accessory collection – subtly badged so as to be unmistakably B&amp;T. But our brand is about more than visible signatures; it’s also about identity. Personality.<br />
The elements that only you can bring to a Barney &amp; Taylor piece. By wearing it, using it, giving it the grain and patina of who you are, you stamp it with your own unique and individual brand.

Barney and Taylor is yours for life. Yours for as long as you choose to keep your Barney &amp; Taylor item. Your brand will remain with it when you hand it on (as surely you will) to someone else. Then it will begin a whole new journey with its new owner, who will stamp it with their brand. Their story. Their journey through the world.

Your choice of Barney &amp; Taylor leather is destined to become yours for life; absorbing the journey on which you travel; wearing the marks and impressions of years as proud insignia; becoming you until the day you pass it on to another, when it begins its journey afresh.

The moment you take possession of your Barney &amp; Taylor leather goods, you begin your own new journey – in the constant and reliable company of a leather accessory or garment that has been designed, engineered and crafted to last a lifetime – and several more besides.

When you wear a Barney &amp; Taylor coat or jacket, it will settle to your frame, take on your shape, ease itself into being the garment of choice you will always grab first as you set out on every meaningful journey through life.

It will absorb the memory of friends and family, take on the trace elements of brilliant music and inspiring places; summon the echoes of memorable parties and great events when it was there with you.

Like its owner, it will take on the dents, <br />
dings and scars that life throws at it.

But it will always come good,<br />
look great and make you feel the way you instinctively feel, <br />
that’s just right.

So start your voyage by making your commitment to Barney &amp; Taylor and look forward to a lifetime enjoying the company of a valued companion that will keep the faith, share your days – and always be with you on the journey.

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