If there is one look that people associate with Skyfall, there’s a pretty good chance it’s the outfit Bond wears during the film’s climax in Scotland. The outfit became an overnight icon, immediately recognizable as Bond even though it’s a far cry from his usual formal attire. Without a doubt, the look’s showstopping piece is the uniquely designed Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket, and that jacket has been highly sought after ever since.
I’m going to be honest with you right away—none of the alternatives I found are perfect options. But I’ve had a lot of requests for some alternatives to the Barbour jacket, so I scoured the internet and found three choices that each capture at least some component of the original Barbour. I decided to divide them into “stylistic alternatives” and “functional alternatives” based on whether the jacket looks or functions like the Barbour. Even though they’re not perfect matches, I hope these are at least helpful if you’re looking for your own Barbour Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket alternative.
The Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket
The Barbour jacket used in Skyfall was a limited-run model, the Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket, that costume designer Jany Temime altered. In order to create the look she wanted, Temime removed both the jacket’s original removable hood and the zipper used to attach the hood to the jacket, as well as an interior flap meant to protect the wearer from the elements. The look Temime created was so popular after Skyfall that Barbour rereleased screen-accurate versions of the Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket. If you buy the jacket new today, you’ll be buying one these newer versions. (If you’re interested in all the differences between the original To Ki To Sports Jacket and the rereleased versions, check out this great article over on Remmert van Braam’s Bond Lifestyle.)
The Barbour Beacon Sports Jacket is made from 6oz. Sylkoil waxed cotton, which makes the jacket waterproof and perfect for Scottish weather. The jacket is designed as a sports jacket, so you can fold the collar down accordingly or flip it up (a la Bond). It has three buttons in the front for the sports jacket look, as well as a fourth button you can use to seal the jacket against the elements when the collar is up. There are two front patch pockets with buttoned flaps, as well as a buttoned flap breast pocket. The jacket also has shoulder and elbow patches in 8oz. cotton, a detachable leather neck strap, and a rear pocket with zippers where double vents would be.
The first two alternatives I found will give you a similar look as the Barbour jacket but they won’t have the same weatherproof functionality.
I think of this canvas jacket from Banana Republic Factory as a pared down version of the Barbour jacket’s design. It’s 100% cotton, but not waxed cotton. Like the Barbour it has three front patch pockets, but without the buttoned flaps. There is no fourth button but you can easily flip the collar up like you would on the Barbour jacket to get that Bond look. One benefit is that the canvas makes this look much more casual than a normal sports jacket, so you can feel comfortable popping your collar without it looking strange. Like I said, it’s not perfect and it definitely won’t protect you from the rain. But if you’re in the market for something that looks similar without being exact, this might be a good option for you.
This Green Twill Sports Coat from Charles Tyrwhitt checks just about every style box for the Barbour jacket. Like the Barbour, it has three front patch pockets with buttoned flaps. And like the Barbour, it has four buttons so you can pop your collar and button the jacket all the way up to keep out the wind. It even has double vents where the Barbour’s rear pocket zippers are. The jacket is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester, so it isn’t waterproof but it should be water resistant. Again, it’s not a perfect match for the Barbour. But if I were going to buy one of the alternatives on this list, I’d buy this one. (I want to mention that this is labeled as a “clearance” item on Charles Tyrwhitt’s website, so I don’t know how long it will be around.)
This next alternative gives you some of the stylistic elements of the Barbour jacket, but its main appeal is its functionality.
At $279 I’ll admit this jacket stretches the term “budget-friendly.” But if you like the Barbour jacket because it’s both stylish and highly functional, the Laksen Hampton Quilted Jacket is a good option. Stylistically, this jacket doesn’t have much in common with the Barbour except for its shoulder patches, olive color, and the patch pockets with buttoned flaps. That’s not to say the jacket doesn’t look sharp—it’s a quilted design in a trim fit with a short collar and four front pockets. But I really picked it because it’ll function much like the Barbour jacket. This is made to be a country jacket and it’s constructed from Teflon-coated fabric to repel water so it’ll hold up in the elements. If you want a functional hunting jacket without the Barbour price tag, this might work for you.
The Real Deal
If you’re absolutely set on getting the Barbour Beacon Sports Jacket, the cheapest seller I’ve found is Aphrodite. They have the jacket listed at $483.99 but when you add it to your cart, it shows up as $403.33. You can also get 10% off thanks to Bond Lifestyle’s discount code (JBCJ10) which drops the price to $363.00—that’s almost $400 cheaper than I found it at my local Barbour retailer! Plus, you get free express shipping. Again, if you’re determined to get the actual Barbour jacket, this is likely the cheapest way to do it. (I also want to give a huge shoutout to Remmert at Bond Lifestyle for the discount code!)
If you’re in the market for a Barbour Beacon Sports Jacket alternative, I hope you can find something you like from this list of options. And if you decide to pull the trigger on the Barbour, head over to Bond Lifestyle on Instagram (@jamesbondlifestyle) and thank Remmert for the great discount code! Happy shopping!