Spencer Cardigan - Bark

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Ross Barr

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The Spencer is dating from the 1790s, was originally a woolen outer tail-coat with the tails cut-off. It was worn as a short waist-length, double-breasted, man's jacket. (Scroll down for the full backstory on this product)

Product Details:

  • 100% British Wool
  • Double Breasted Cardigan
  • Shawl Collar
  • English Pine Buttons
  • Ribbed Sleeves 
  • Slim Fit
  • Designed and Manufactured in Britain

The Backstory of this product

It was originally named for George (1758-1834). It was adopted as mess dress by British military officers, leading to the name mess jacket.

It was also soon adopted as a popular women's fashion on both sides of the Atlantic during the 1790-1820 Regency style period. The Spencer was worn as a cardigan, or as a short, fitted jacket cut to just above waist level, or, in Empire style, to the bust line, and tailored on identical lines to the dress.

The use of the term Spencer continued well into the 19th century to mean more generally any type of short jacket or coat. In current menswear, the term "Spencer" is often synonymous with knitted vest or waistcoat.

Made from Scottish Fleece which is then spun and dyed in Yorkshire then garment is manufactured in Leicester. With English Pine buttons, the labelling manufactured in Derby and even the packaging is made in Huddersfield.  


Delivery throughout the United Kingdom

Ross Barr Ltd. uses Royal Mail Special Next Day Delivery for all deliveries in the United Kingdom. All items delivered throughout the UK will include cover for loss and package tracking.

It will take 1-2 business workign days for the order to be shipped. 


Next Day Delivery: £11.00

International Deliveries to (EU + Rest of World)

For deliveries within Europe and for all international deliveries outside Europe we use Parcel Force. We offer Tax Free shopping for non-EU customers. This is automatically deducted at the checkout. Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.

The customer takes full liability for all postal charges, return shipment costs, customs charges and handling fees should they refuse to accept a parcel due to import duties or taxes.

Please note we cannot undervalue orders, or mark them as a gift.


Asia*: £25.00 (4-5 working days)
Canada: £25.00 (2-3 working days)
Europe: £16.00 (2-5 working days)
Middle East: £40.00 (2-3 working days)
UAE: £25.00 (2-3 working days)
USA: £25.00 (1-3 working days)
Other: £40.00 (2-3 working days)

*Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore

UK: £11.00 (estimated delivery 26/07/2019) Europe: £16.00 (estimated delivery 29/07/2019) Rest of the World: £23.00 (estimated delivery 29/07/2019)
NB: Additional delivery charges may apply.

In September 2015 a new clothing brand launched in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This brand is Ross Barr. The brand debuted with a single piece of men’s knitwear called 'The Spencer', which is inspired by the elegance of the Regency Period and is completely 100% made in Britain, from the Scottish wool which is spun and dyed in Keighley West Yorkshire to even packaging which comes from Huddersfield. Everything is designed by the designer Ross Barr-Hoyland. Ross aged 27, comes from Wakefield and launched the company after receiving full support from The Prince’s Trust as part of their Enterprise Programme. 

Since then, the brand and Mr. Barr-Hoyland are continuing to go from strength-to-strength. Ross has one main goal and objective for what he wants for the brand; to celebrate and demonstrate the true beauty and quality of the British manufacturing industry via the means of fashion. Ross grew up in the world of business and industry with his father operating a haulage firm in West Yorkshire for over three decades. However, like many industries across the country, he witnessed the dramatic decline of industry over recent decades and what that means to society as a whole.

In his local areas he has seen the old mills and once industrial power houses become nothing more than crumbling shadows of their former splendour, especially in the wake of our most recent economic crisis. Sadly, this has meant that there is severe lack of opportunity in many areas which has led to degeneration across much of the United Kingdom. Ross Barr though seeks to change this by a revival in their own their way.

Inspired by the ethos of The Prince’s Trust, Ross wants the brand to resurrect these old industries, such as woollen, textile and even metalwork in the hope that it will provide hope and opportunity to the areas and people that are crying out for it. 

The launch season was incredible for the brand as it not only saw sales come in from across globe, but also saw the world’s biggest male supermodel, Mr. David Gandy who wore The Spencer for the Campaign for Wool Week held in London on October 4th 2015. With the brand’s amazing imagery and ethos, men and women from across the world bought not only into the style, but the ethos and dream of the brand and that of its founder. One important key principle of Ross is to also give back and help as and when he can. To date, the brand has raised over £2,000 for charity by donating Spencer’s for auction in aid of The Prince’s Trust, Children with Cancer UK, Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale and the RSPCA Bradford Branch.

Since the launch of the brand people have seen the sheer will, determination and passion Ross has not only for fashion but also for British industry and the country as a whole. For him, the ethos for Ross Barr will always be that ‘every stitch and every thread is authentically British’.

Ross Barr
19 Woodfield Park
TELEPHONE: 07833345679
EMAIL: contact@ross-barr.com

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