Phew. There is hardly a moment to blog these days with lovely ladies gumboots flying out the door to stylish shoppers across Australia and NZ. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but it’s really dry underfoot still. Not exactly the type of Autumn we’d optimally like for wellie sales, so it’s doubly surprising and wonderful to see so many pairs of lovely ladies gumboots heading out every day.
I have to say. It is honestly a huge privilege to be supplying you all with gumboots that are built to such incredibly high standards. They are a real credit to the guys in Europe who make them. We have been selling Barbour wellies to discerning shoppers in Australia and New Zealand now for nearly 3 years. In all that time we have had only one pair, ONE PAIR!!, returned for a manufacturing fault. And do you know what that fault was? The buckle broke when it got caught on something. So it wasn’t actually an issue with the wellies at all.They are simply, in a word, great.
I am probably the biggest advocate of the Barbour brand here in Australasia. But even I find that totally impeccable track record astounding. The quality and performance of Barbour wellies is hard to believe. We are so proud to be selling gumboots that we know will deliver our customers exactly the high level of performance you really should, but so often these days cant, expect from a luxury brand. To my mind, and having personally owned several pairs of every brand in the luxury ladies gumboots market including several pairs of Hunter gumboots, Barbours are without question built to the highest standards there are. It makes our work very enjoyable when you know the boots you are sending customers are going to exceed their expectations of quality and reliability. Anyway. I think its now time for the weather to get wintery. There are lots of skiers who want to get skiing and there are thousands of ladies out there just dying to get their new Barbour wellies on.
I just had an email from a customer about the side buckle on Barbour wellies. It's funny because it is such an important part of the design of the gumboots and yet when I think back, I can not recall ever discussing it with any of our customers. Anyway what the lovely customer wanted to know, before she bought wellies to run up and down the side of a football pitch supporting her husband, was is the side buckle functional or purely decorative? Good question. So I thought I better publish an answer. The side buckle on Barbour wellies (and Hunter wellies) has always been there and it has always been purely decorative. A bit like a bow on a pair of shoes or maybe epaulettes on a shirt. I suppose it is a design link back to a pre rubber boot maybe a leather boot that had a buckle at the side. But Barbour wellies and Hunter wellies have been made for years with it with no real function at all except to make the wellies look stylish. If you look at photo's of the queen out in winter going right back to when she was a girl, you will see the side buckle on her lovely green wellies. and If you look at Kate Moss in her lovely blue wellies at Glastonbury festival you will see her in blue wellies or pink wellies with the side buckle doing nothing but making her wellies look a bit more stylish while she dances around in the mud.
Anyway, it's really lovely to think of our customers looking stylish like Kate Moss as they watch football here in New Zealand.