Brands We Desire: Neil Barrett

Fashion design runs through Neil Barrett’s veins. Born in Devon, the Central Saint Martin graduate worked at Gucci and Prada before founding his eponymous brand in 1999, where his innovative and distinctive lightning bold t-shirts stem from his forward-thinking contemporary approach.

He epitomises a kind of modern, minimalist cool with a functional twist. A Brit living in Milan, Barrett combines the tailoring techniques of the former with the emphasis on craftsmanship of the latter. Most famous for his leather jackets and sharp suits, Barrett is a Hollywood favourite, both for his sleek menswear and fierce, menswear-inspired womenswear. In 2006, he designed training apparel for Italy’s World Cup–winning soccer team.



Neil Barrett’s suits have been a favourite with the likes of Gary Barlow, Ben Whishaw, and Matthew Morrison, but international trendsetters began turning to Neil Barrett for their wardrobe needs since 2004. Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lenny Kravitz, Ewan McGregor, Chris Martin and Mark Ruffalo just to name a few. Neil was especially proud when Brad Pitt chose to wear Neil Barrett for his change in image with Mr and Mrs Smith, becoming the first celebrity to wear one of the "hand aged" leather jackets that have since become signature pieces in the Neil Barrett collections.

After the launch of his Womenswear Collections, Neil Barrett has attracted celebrities, such as Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson and Robin Wright.

Over the years, Neil has also provided wardrobes for movie productions including Spiderman 2 and Spiderman 3, I-Robot and Ghostrider.

His shirts have been used by musician Justin Timberlake for his The 20/20 Experience World Tour and the music video for Take Back The Night.


“The brand's unique designs combine a family heritage of British tailoring skills with the Italian craftsmanship. Neil's unique signature style stems from his reworking of iconic mens wear details and fit. The products broad appeal lies in Neil's ability to combine timeless quality, wearability and fashion trend.”

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Written by David Breathnach
Art Director at Laundry Magazine

David Breathnach is also the founder and creative director of Industry Design.