Barker’s occasion-wear guide to the British social calendar

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As the summer approaches and after a teasing Easter weekend, it’s important to know the key dates and have wardrobe pieces to look your best for Britain's favourite season. Whether you are attending a summer wedding, the Royal Windsor Horse Show or RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Barkerflex Collection is a man’s best friend for a British wedding – made using a unique construction method, the soft calf insole covers a layer of cork to give supreme comfort flexibility, allowing you to 'dance' all night long. The Felix Black Deerskin has a luxurious finish with subtle diamond punching to add that extra ‘fancy’ for a special occasion. As well as being designed and created with premium craftsmanship in Northampton, the Felix boasts full leather lining and a rubber sole to protect from the unpredictable summer weather.

For the Barker Ladies, summer weddings shout out for our Charlie Derby; a striking wingcap in patent leather, designed to make an impression. Similar to the men’s Flex, our Charlie is crafted with a full leather insole and lining for comfort, hand stitched detailing for extra beauty and Goodyear Welted construction.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show is known for expressing bold and beautiful designs, so it’s only fitting our bold and beautiful pieces join the show. Cut from high quality unfinished crust leather and complete with natural dyes to create a stunning multi-coloured Valiant. Similar to the flowers on show, the results from Barker’s premium craftsmanship means each pair is unique in its shade.


For the colour Barker ladies, we showcase a development on long-standing Ladies brogue Freya – Fearne, similarly to the Barker men’s Valiant and Victor, also boasts a hand painted exterior as well as Goodyear Welted Construction and hand stitched detailing.


A key date in a gentleman’s calendar is Royal Ascot, a day at the races. As we all know it’s an occasion to 'dress-to-impress'. For those stepping up from a traditional dress shoe, the Barker collection of monk strap shoes offer a fashion-forward yet traditionally-inclined option. The Barker monk strap boasts wonderful precision and careful construction to the highest standards.

The Barker Fleet in Antique Rosewood Grain is a sophisticated Double Monk Strap crafted in rich leather, resulting in an eye-catching, luxury shoe – to add further class, as a popular member of the Handcrafted Collection the style comes with a unique Barker Heritage lasered script sole.

For the ladies who are slowly adding some colour back into their wardrobe, the SS19 collection has introduced the Santina in pink glitter crust, adding sparkle at your next event. The Santina is cut with the finest leather, hand painted and lasered with delicate butterfly detailing on the ankle.