In January, the Barbour team headed to the beautiful and picturesque setting of Crailing Hall, in Crailing on the Scottish Borders, to shoot our SS17 Shirt Department campaign. The day was spilt between two shoots, one of ourselves, and the other for our media partner, leading men’s lifestyle magazine, GQ.
We arrived early onto the set to ensure everything was ready for Sam’s arrival to the first location. It was straight to hair and makeup before we grabbed some breakfast, as we all prepped for the day’s shooting. The morning was spent with the GQ team in the nearby Kelsos, then soon after this, Sam was transferred to our location, ready for his latest Barbour shoot!
Our SS17 Shirt Department film focused on Sam’s best friend, his chocolate Labrador, who was following him around the house as he got ready (lead in mouth) hoping he would be taken for a walk… Sam finally gave in and they went for a walk by the river on the grounds of the hall. We shot in 4 different locations around the grounds; 3 around the interior of the house, and outside by the trickling river – which made for the perfect outdoor setting.
Due to the time of the year, we finished rather quickly, as we was losing light. Sam was tremendous throughout the day, ensuring we got all the stills and video footage that was needed. No shoot would be complete without a dog, and we were very lucky to have Tia on set – a beautiful chocolate Labrador who adored Sam, and can be seen in nearly all of our SS17 Shirt Department images. You can read Tia’s #BarbourDogs account of the shoot here.
In case you missed our last Shirt Department blog, we caught up with our Menswear Designer, Andy McMillan to take a closer look at the checks in this season’s SS17 Shirt Department Collection.
Discover our SS17 Barbour Shirt Department.
Barbour released a Merry Christmas video with Sam. I’ve added the video below and screencaps to the gallery. I’ve also added a missing photo session to the gallery. Enjoy!
Outlander Star Sam Heughan Shows You How to Be Rugged as Hell This Holiday Season
Are you one of those city dudes who buys his Christmas tree from a lot? Or are you of a more rugged sort; the type of guy who purloins his trees straight from the source—in a forest, using nothing more than a hatchet, a dog, and some artfully styled heritage wear. Apparently Sam Heughan, star of the hit series Outlander, is the latter.
At least he is when he’s filming a commercial for Barbour’s winter collection, anyway. The ad, which features the Scottish actor in a host of Barbour goodies—including a parka, a flannel shirt, and some very heritage-y fingerless woolen gloves—makes a great case for not only buying clothing from the classic English brand, but also for spending your holidays in a remote, wooded portion of the British Isles.
But if you’re like most of use, the only hiking you’ll be doing this Christmas season will be schlepping from the parking garage to the mall. May as well look good doing it, though. Check out Barbour’s full winter collection at barbour.com.
Outlander‘s second season may have just come to its devastating conclusion, but Outlander fans can still get their dose of dreamy Jamie Fraser, a.k.a. Sam Heughan, gift wrapped under their tree this Christmas — thanks to his latest collaboration with heritage brand Barbour.
Heughan was named the brand’s global ambassador in July, and since then, he’s taken up the tartan mantle to front the brand’s holiday campaign and help design a capsule for early 2017.
The 36-year-old actor, who first collaborated with Barbour when he led the charge as the Grand Marshal in N.Y.C.’s New York Tartan Day parade in February, is no stranger to manly plaid attire and verdant British hillsides, thanks to his Outlander experience. (He’s also no stranger to the dangers of wearing a kilt on wet grass.)
But for this campaign, shot at Oxford, England’s grand Wytham Abbey, he added something even more delicious to the mix: two adorable puppies (yes, seriously — feast your eyes!).
“I worked with a couple of chocolate Labradors, which were a lot of fun. Very excitable,” Heughan tells PeopleStyle. “They’re cute. I think they should actually… be the new face of Barbour.” (We beg to differ!)
He also gave a little insight into what fans can expect from his first clothing collaboration for the brand. “I hope I’m not giving away too much, but Barbour is well-known for their jackets, so you’ll find that there’s a nice selection there,” he says. “They’ve really taken on board the suggestions that I like, and yeah, it’s very quintessentially Barbour — they’re using all of their heritage and their history. They look great, they feel great and hopefully people like them as well.”
Modeling easy-to-wear items is a nice break from the period attire he wears on the show, but he’s not complaining: He’s more than happy to stick with his kilt, especially when compared to his female co-stars’ garments. In particular, that show-stopping swan nipple dress.
“As beautiful as [the swan nipple dress] looks, I have no desire to [wear it],” Heughan tells PeopleStyle, laughing. “The women on the show have all of the corsets, the underwear and the underdressing they have to wear. It is really is a lot of material to be worn. So I feel very fortunate to be wearing kilts. They’re very easy to put on — and very easy to take off.”
In the upcoming season, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s third book of the Outlander series, Voyager, Heughan and the rest of the cast embark on a new journey, which leads them to some new (and exotic!) locales.
“In this season, we span over 20 years — we go to Scotland, Jamaica and England and also end up in North Carolina, so it’s a real adventure,” he says, adding that they filmed a few scenes the crew didn’t even know about. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. What are you doing?’ So there’s going to be some surprises and really dramatic, epic scenes.”
But what’s not surprising? The show’s true star — Jamie’s long, luscious ginger curls, which won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon, says Heughan. (His trim waistline? Well, that may be a different story.)
“[Caitriona and my] hair is very much a part of the show,” he says. “It’s all about big hair. Claire’s hair is very unkempt. And same with Jamie. His hair is very much a part of who he is — the color and the look to him. It’s an honor playing this character for over three years now. It feels like a part of me. It’ll be a sad day when I’ll have to lose it [the hair].” Um, we second that.
There are few things in this world that grown women are willing to camp out for: the arrival of a royal baby, Beyoncé, probably, Hamilton tickets, in its Lin Manuel-Miranda heyday. After last week, add Outlander actor Sam Heughan to the list.
In New York on a quick break from shooting season three of the Starz show that some have called a feminist alternative to Game of Thrones, Heughan announced he was doing an appearance at the uptown Barbour store, and the first 20 in line would have the opportunity to take photos with the actor.
People started lining up the night before the event.
“Can you believe it? They’ve been there since midnight,” Heughan said, clearly bewildered by his own stardom, as we sat down to breakfast. “I was terrified that no one would turn up, and that I would have to fly my family out to pretend that they want to come and see me. It’s magnificent.”
In person Heughan’s Scottish accent is much softer than that of his character, Jaime Fraser, and, of course, he’s sporting a Barbour plaid button-down instead of the show’s 18th-century period garb.
Heughan was recently named Barbour’s global brand ambassador, and we were there to talk shop about the partnership he calls “a perfect fit.” After all, he grew up in the same part of Scotland as the company’s founder John Barbour, an area called Dumfries and Galloway in the southwestern part of the country.
“Barbour is a brand that I have grown up with and been associated with since I was living near the borders of Scotland,” he said. “I was brought up in a very rural area on grounds of a castle. It was a working farm, and I even remember the local shepherd wearing his Barbour jacket.”
So what does being a global brand ambassador entail, exactly? Doing promotional events like the one at the store and appearing advertisements—like these ones for Barbour’s shirt department which debuted earlier this summer—are a given. But what’s most intriguing to Heughan about the role role is the opportunity to design a collection for the brand.
“I’ve been working with their whole design team and Gary Janes, who is just this fascinating designer. And we’ve had many discussions and meetings about the line, and what we want it to represent, and how we can marry some of my ideas with their great heritage. We talked about everything that I love and then they made the prototypes.”
And while he’s never done anything related to fashion design before, Heughan wants to make sure he gets this right, visiting the brand workshops and the company’s archives to look at old catalogs, and jackets from the early 1900s, which helped to inspire the line.
“It’s completely new. Growing up as an actor, [fashion] isn’t something you ever think is going to be part of your job description, but it’s been great fun. This family at Barbour they’ve made me feel very welcome. And it’s been great to go down and see their workshops and see the people that work, and the community that they’ve got,” he said.
The collection is slated to launch with a collection of pieces for men and women for Fall 2017, but for now the vintage-inspired prototypes are being kept tightly under wraps.
No stranger to spoilers, Heughan was also tight-lipped when asked about Outlander season three, which will follow Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager novel. In fact, a siren roared the second I asked my question—even the city wanted the show’s secrets kept safe.
“I’m extremely excited about it. I feel already it’s a very strong season, and I think people are really going to enjoy it,” he said.
As for what’s next? Something tells me there could be a Barbour kilt in Heughan’s future.
“Actually, we’ll see. It might be in the pipeline,” he said of the prospect. “I love wearing them, and I think it would be really interesting to see a Barbour kilt, with all the different elements of what Barbour could bring with its wax or herringbone, and all these different materials and all these different fabrics. We may have talked about it. Who knows?”
Outlander fans can only hope.
“It’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?”
I know I’m at the right place when I hear the screams. As I approach the Barbour store on NYC’s Madison Avenue, a man who seems handsome even from 100 feet away steps out of a car and the decibel count immediately goes up. Way up.
There’s a crowd behind a barricade on the pavement. One woman has been waiting there since midnight. Another arrived at 4 A.M., all the way from Washington, D.C. Another says she’s from Norway.
They’re here to see Sam Heughan, Outlander’s Jamie Fraser. He waves at the crowd cheerfully and poses for a couple of photos before striding through the doors, an admiring “He’s so nice!” wafting in after him. In a kind of echo, Heughan approvingly calls, “This is a nice store!” Everything definitely feels nice right now.
Among the storied tartans and jackets of the classic brand, I spoke to Heughan about his role as Barbour’s global brand ambassador, what we can expect from the third season of Outlander, and what he would be doing if he weren’t portraying an 18th-century Scotsman.
How did you come to collaborate with Barbour?
[Vice chairman of Barbour] Helen [Barbour] and I realized that I come from the same village that her ancestor John Barbour came from, who created Barbour. It just seemed like such a great connection. I grew up in Scotland, and everyone wore Barbour. It’s very practical, it’s very outdoorsy. It’s what the gamekeepers and the fishermen and the farmers would wear.
Do you have any particular outdoor memories of your childhood in that village?
It sounds almost unreal, but I was born and raised on old castlegrounds—Kenmure Castle.
That does sound made up.
It’s pretty ridiculous, isn’t it? But it was also a working farm, so we used to go help the local farmers dip the sheep and round up the sheep. The local shepherd, I vividly remember his old Barbour jacket, with a hipflask in the pocket. It just feels very familiar—like part of my childhood. The smell of the wax. Whenever I put one on now, it just feels comforting.
Sheep dipping—what is that?
It’s to cleanse the sheep of any pests. It’s an annual thing, before they shear the sheep.
So you’ve created a capsule collection with Barbour. What inspired the pieces?
They have this great archive where they have jackets that date back to when they first began in 1894. They’re still wearable; they’ve been so well maintained. That’s what inspired me. To see how, over the years, the jackets change to suit the purpose—for the Second World War, or for motorbike riders. It’s all practical.
So that’s what I wanted to reflect in my collection. I love the outdoors, I love climbing mountains. But I also like to walk down the street in New York in the fall and go to a bar. So what I require of a jacket is different, but it still has that heritage.
I read that you’re a fan of Bear Grylls. If you had to head out on an adventure right now, what would it be?
I’ve always been into endurance sport, which I think is more about your mind pushing your body, which is definitely why that Bear Grylls book sung to me. I’m kind of obsessed by Everest and all those men that mountaineer and take themselves to extreme limits. Having gone back to Scotland to work on Outlander, I’ve been climbing a lot and getting out in the Highlands.
I imagine it’s pretty cold in Scotland while you’re filming.
I came from Scotland this week—I’m filming now, and just finished the first two episodes of the third season. It’s freezing cold. It’s raining.
Isn’t it summer?
Yeah. It’s Scotland. It’s always wet. Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes.
Harper’s Bazaar went live with the Outlander star and Barbour brand ambassador Sam Heughan.
We're live with Outlander star and Barbour brand ambassador Sam Heughan. Leave all your questions in the comments!
Posted by Harper's Bazaar on Thursday, September 22, 2016
I’ve added a handful more photos of Sam endorsing Barbour and behind the scenes photos. He looks very swoon-worthy. Enjoy!