Barbour was founded in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, England, as an importer of oil cloth. The company has become well known for its waxed-cotton jackets, specifically the classic Beaufort with Barbour’s iconic tartan lining. The wax jackets are manufactured at Barbour’s headquarters in Simonside, South Shields, where they also offer re-waxing and repair services for all products.
Well-recognised Barbour products include the ladies’ Beadnell wax jackets that come with fabulous printed floral linings, and the padded quilts such as the men’s Chelsea Quilt or ladies’ Liddesdale Quilt.
In addition to their classics, the company offers a Sporting range of clothing for both men & women, these have been designed specifically for the shooting market, key items include 100% lambswool tweed shooting jackets, waistcoat & breeks, windstopper sweaters and country shirts. Despite the brand’s practical designs they have continued to produce stylish, fitted, and most importantly, timeless collections.
Barbour holds royal warrants from HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales to supply ‘waterproof and protective clothing’. They continue to promote the country lifestyle by working with brand ambassadors such as the Household Cavalry Polo Team.