Ahead of the field

BOOTS AND ALL: With the CLA Game Fair tak­ing place at Hare­wood next week­end, cel­e­brates the eter­nal ap­peal of coun­try­wear.

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IMELESS, prac­ti­cal, made to last and cut with real dash – what’s not to love about coun­try­wear? The key looks of course de­rive from coun­try labours and pur­suits – farm­ing, fish­ing, shoot­ing, game­keep­ing and horse-rid­ing – and have al­ways com­bined nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als with the best tech­nol­ogy avail­able at the time. The aim is to pro­tect or keep warm, al­low ease of move­ment, of­fer ways and means of car­ry­ing and keep­ing safe, and look good. Style and per­for­mance go hand in hand.

For many years now, coun­try­wear has been mak­ing head­way into main­stream fash­ion, mix­ing with it in of­ten sur­pris­ing ways – the evening gown with waxed jacket ca­su­ally thrown over is an up/down dress­ing clas­sic, as is the full chif­fon or shim­mery evening skirt with boyfriend jumper. It’s fair to say that each brings some­thing to the other. High Street stores have been get­ting in on the coun­try act for quite a while now too, of­fer­ing their own ver­sions of the clas­sic waxed and quilted jack­ets and coats, the tweed jack­ets and caps, welling­ton boots and so on. But for those in search of au­then­tic qual­ity, coun­try wear spe­cial­ists are a bet­ter bet.

Next week­end, start­ing on Fri­day, the CLA Game Fair comes to Hare­wood House on the out­skirts of Leeds. Run by the Coun­try Landown­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, coun­try style plays a ma­jor role with key spe­cial­ists ex­hibit­ing their wares. Northaller­ton-based Mon­tana Coun­try Col­lec­tion this year cel­e­brates 21 years of pro­vid­ing coun­try fash­ion, of­fer­ing a wide range of ex­clu­sive cloth­ing and head­wear es­pe­cially made for the com­pany, in­clud­ing men’s and women’s jack­ets and coats in York­shire and Scot­tish tweeds, women’s tweed, felt and vel­vet hats, men’s trilby hats and a large range of tweed caps. Mon­tana will also be launch­ing a new range at Hare­wood.

Based in South Shields, Bar­bour is of course an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned coun­try cloth­ing com­pany that has achieved more than any other in pop­u­lar­is­ing clas­sic coun­try­wear, bring­ing it up to date with con­tem­po­rary styling and tech­nol­ogy, and mak­ing sure its de­signs be­come must-have pieces for all ages.

Bar­bour will be on Brock­le­hurst’s stand at the CLA Game Fair, so

The evening gown with waxed jacket thrown over is an up/ down dress­ing clas­sic.

AT A CAN­TER: Main pic­ture right, sad­dle jacket, was £199, now £100, from Bar­bour; above, fash­ion­able visi­tors to the CLA Game Fair.

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