The timeless Barbour house
Barbour is a British company founded in 1894 in South Shields, by John Barbour.
The company designs, manufactures and markets weatherproof outerwear, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories for men, women and children under the Barbour brand.
The origins of Barbour
Waxed cotton was then a true revolution, in comparison to the stiff cotton jackets that docker workers and fishermen used to waterproof with tar and fish grease. This new material enabled to craft jackets of better quality, much more comfortable and easy to wear and altogether weatherproof.
Barbour has always been a family story and a family business, faithful to its exceptional knowledge and popular amongst royal personalities and media celebs. Until today, Barbour jackets are handmade in the Simonside workshops of South Shields, and more than 100 000 jackets are produced each year.
Each Barbour jacket feature a brass ring on the front zip, a stormfly flap with snap buttons, two bellowed pockets, two handwarmer pockets lined with moleskine and the traditional velvet collar with snap buttons for an additional hood.
Today, it's still a family business that has been going on for five generations, led by Margaret Barbour and her daughter Helen Barbour, Vice President.
The birth Barbour International
Barbour created its subsidiary Barbour International in 1936, dedicated to the equipment of the biker. This subsidiary uses the know-how of the parent company while incorporating motorcycle protections into its quality jackets. Barbour International has taken the name of the "International Six Days" which is the oldest annual competition organized by the International Federation of Motorcycling (FIM).
This competition has existed since 1913 and has notably crossed the two World Wars. Almost all British trials teams (motorcycle racing on rough grounds) were wearing Barbour International motorcycle jackets until 1977, giving it all the legitimacy of its Vintage character today.
The year 1964 saw the reputation and expertise of Barbour International grow when the English brand became the official equipment supplier of the US motorcycle team which included such great stars as Steve McQueen or the stuntman Bud Ekins.
Barbour, the reference of celebrities
Barbour is the only brand to own three Royal Warrants. These labels indicate that the company provides a royal court, it is thus put forward and enjoys a certain prestige. Barbour has been providing the court of the Duke of Edinburgh since 1974, the Queen Elizabeth II Court since 1982 and the Prince of Wales Court since 1987.
English TV host and model Alexa Chung has also created a capsule collection with Barbour for the automne-winter 2019 collection. The Barbour collection by Alexa Chung is made up of jackets, bags and hats in the traditional spirit of Barbour with the touch of originality of the famous fashion icon.
Sam Heughan, known as Jamie Fraser in the television series Outlander, has been Barbour's brand ambassador for a few years. The Scottish actor has also created his capsule collection.
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Article written by Manon C.