A History Of Barbour

J Barbour & Sons Ltd is a British clothing manufacturer, best known for their Barbour Jackets & Coats.  Founded back in 1894 by John Barbour who hailed from Galloway in Scotland, the company has grown from strength to strength over the past century.  Originally selling all sorts of “drapery” including outerwear, boiler suits and even underwear, it was his Beacon brand oilskin coats that really proved popular.  Being based in the fishing town of South Shields in the North East of England, the fishermen in the port were keen to snap up this protective clothing to protect them from the cold conditions. The family business was then passed down to Johns sons and over the generations has been passed down again and again.

Today, Barbour can boast a brand recognised internationally and have over the past couple of years became a fashion essential.  Worn by male and female celebrities around the globe in the 21st century, Barbour was reborn as a designer brand and has it’s place in street fashion.  Originally famous for their waxed “farmer” jackets, Barbour have expanded into popular culture with a large range of wax, quilted and waterproof coats.  Not only do they produce outerwear, but now produce other clothing and accessories including bags including the iconic Barbour Union Jack Bag.  The longevity of Barbour products and quality of the manufacturing is what makes them so popular.  Barbour have now produced over 2,000 products in two seasons, catering for men, women and children.

In the UK alone, Barbour has 11 retail shops and many official stockists.  Across the rest of the World, Barbour now have a presence in 40 countries including the likes of Germany, USA, Italy, Spain and Japan.

One thought on “A History Of Barbour

  1. Is Barbour Outerware Co. related to the Linen Thread Co. of Paterson,N.J. as they were founded by Barbour Brothers from N. Ireland originally from Scotland in the 1860’s?

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