Barker Black is the epitome of modern English refinement. Established in the village of Earls Barton in 1880 by Arthur Barker, the Barker factory quickly became renowned for its craftsmen and fine workmanship. Specializing in the “Good Year Welted” construction, the shoes became a staple in the wardrobe of every self-respecting Englishman.
Barker Black’s core collection is inspired by an ancient regiment of British guardsmen, the 17th Lancers. The Regiment’s original logo, a skull and crossbones with a banner posting their motto “…or glory” implying ‘Death or Glory’ is the foundation of Barker Black’s subversive attitude.
Barker Black recently opened its second U.S. store in Los Angeles. The store’s decor highlights walls of wooden shoe lasts and its signature skull-and-crossbones motif. Its skull-and-crossbones logo comes from the 17th Century Lancers, once England’s best-dressed regiment, and the inspiration for some of Barker Black’s shoe styles, which range from $775 to $5,500. “Our shoes walk the line between being old-fashioned and avant-garde,” says creative director Derrick Miller.
Today I wore my grey BB loafers that I love for their versatility. They work equally well with a suit or jeans. As the first shoes ever designed for the company, these epitomize how Derrick Miller characterizes his style in an interview with The Sartorialist: “Sophisticated, with a touch of fuck you.”
As always, all my shoes are well preserved with shoe trees to retain their shape and prolong their life!
I wore them with a grey two button suit with slim flat front pants. Went with black socks with cream colored stripes.
I’m planning on another visit to their store in Los Angeles soon. Stay tuned for more.