Standing next to me at the helm of the warming table is Mr. Broadley. The name commands a presence; the beard commands attention. Keith Broadley started with Barbour more than 20 years ago working a table just like the one we’re looking at. Better known as the waxing station, it is here where the process begins, to take soiled, beaten Barbour coats and give them a fighting chance at another season of life.
We’re in Milford, New Hampshire at the U.S. headquarters for the legendary J Barbour & Sons. As we wait for the wax to melt, and the table to warm up, Keith opens up about Barbour’s past. He speaks in a way I’d assume Hemingway would: grizzled but comforting, always sincere, and with an underlying passion for what goes on here.
Issue Fourteen includes the feature story Proof of Life, going inside Barbour's US repair and reproofing center, and witnessing the 120-year-old process that keeps their products lasting for generations.