In honour of the new Barbour X Proporta collaboration, is running it’s first competition! I have one of the collections’ quilt-effect hardshell cases to give away! Learn more about the collection below, then by answering one simple question at the bottom, it could yours!

The Collection

The new collection is a hybrid of quality, channeling the quintessentially British style of Barbour with the wealth of experience in gadget protection that is synonymous with Proporta. Each style pays homage to an iconic facet of Barbour, the materials, the finish and colours. From signature leathers, to quilting and waxed cotton, each fabric is reworked and downsized in some of the most stylish tech accessories I have ever seen for a range of Apple and Samsung products.

“We are introducing mobile technology cases into the range as a direct response to our customers who have been Proporta who are renowned for their expertise and creativity in this area. By incorporating our iconic quilting and tartan materials into the cases, it makes them instantly recognisable as Barbour products and they are a natural accompaniment to our clothing and accessories as we continue to evolve as a global lifestyle brand.” Steve Buck, Barbour’s Managing Director.

The price points will please people too, especially fans who are eager to add a bit of Barbour to their style but aren’t able to get their hands on a quilted or waxed jacket. The classic quilt-effect hardshell iPhone cases start at £24.95 and the range tops out at £79.95 for the leather iPad case.

About Barbour

Barbour is more than just clothing; for fans of the brand and those who work within the company. “Barbour is a passion for something lasting and truly authentic.” Established in South Shields UK in 1894, Barbour originated as a supplier of oilskins and other garmetns to protect the growing communities of sailors, fishermen, river-men and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather. Since then, Barbour has evolved in a globally recognised brand that offers a full lifestyle wardrobe for men, women and children. While still producing its famous outerwear, the Barbour offering now includes ready-to-wear separates; knits, tops, trousers, accessories and shoes.

About Proporta

Established in 1996, Proporta are leaders in the design of quality protective smartphone, e-Reader and tablet cases including iPhone 5 cases, iPhone 4S cases, iPad and mini-iPad, Samsung Galaxy S2 cases, Blackberry cases, Smartphone cases and covers, Amazon Kindle covers, MP3 Player Cases, iPod cases as well as providing the award winning Turbocharger 3400 - 5000, phone screen protectors, cables and PDA accessories.

Win yourself a hardshell quilt-effect iPhone 5 case!

It’s competition time here at The Science of Appearance and I have an iPhone 5 hardshell case (in Brown) to give away to one lucky winner. (Competition open to UK residents only)

Entering is simple, just answer the question below and send your answer to me through twitter, email or in the comment box at the bottom!

The question: Where in the UK did Barbour originate?

How to enter:

Tweet me: @IamNeilThornton

Email me: [email protected]


Comment below

It couldn’t be any simpler! Get your answers in by April 30th to qualify, the winner will be contacted directly via the channel they applied within 5 days.

Check out more highlights from the collection below or head straight over to and get yours now!

Barbour iPhone 5 Waxed Cotton Pouch - £29.95 – available in olive

Barbour iPad mini Quilted Cover - £54.95 - available in  black, navy & olive

Barbour iPad Case - £79.95 - available in brown, navy & grape

The Barbour X Proporta collection is available now at and in Barbour stores soon.

Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.