As previously mentioned, Barbour has been awarded three Royal warrants by the British Royal Family. The first was awarded from the Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen following in his footsteps adding a second. Prince Charles awarded the third and latest Royal Warrant in 1987.
Being connected with the Royal Family in this manner not only gives Barbour the distinction and pride of being associated with the monarchy but has also increased sales. Since Helen Mirren starred as the Queen in the film of the same name, sales of Barbour jackets doubled in New York. A similar hype was generated for the brand when Daniel Craig wore a version of the Sports Jacket in the Bond film, Skyfall.
Check out the photo below and others on Barbour Instagram account
We are not sure how we have missed this one but it seems that Barbour have released a version of the classic Bedale jacket with the masters of minimal design; Sophnet. An eye-catching camouflage lining has been added to this traditional piece. Finished with a beeswax coating to make it water resistant, the jacket has also been given black buttons and a bold golden zipper. The Bedale was released earlier this month for $599 USD from the official Sophnet website.
We have found a little goldmine whilst trawling the Internet for all things Barbour. A great blog hosted over on Tumblr called Thornproof is packed full of inspirational Barbour related photographs and information. The owner of the site seems to search Tumblr for Barbour inspired photographs but then credits people where credit is due. So if you are looking for a bit of exposure or were looking to make yourself famous (well maybe not famous but a lot of people will see you), head on over to Thornproof now and send in a photo of yourself in your Barbour
Barbour and Hartlepool college have teamed up to work together on the Barbour Academy. Situated on the first floor of the Barbour factory in South Shields, the Academy introduces students from a range of programmes into skilled areas such as textiles and sewing as well as warehousing, leadership and management. Facilities include two ICT rooms, a teaching room and a practical machine area. Dependant on your interests, there could well be a part of the courses that suits you.
This really is a good move from Barbour, teaching basic skills to those wanting to be employed in the textiles industry. Not only does it give the students skills to make them more employable, it gives Barbour a chance to spot talent in-house without the need to strengthen every now and then from the outside marketplace. Students are promised an interview with Barbour at the accumulation of their studies.
If you are interested you can read more about the programme over on the Barbour website or by calling 0191 454 8455 and one of the staff can give you the information you require.
A little goldmine for Barbour fans can be discovered in the seaside town of South Shields. This golden nugget is the Barbour factory shop. Based on the site of the main Barbour factory where the products are made, there is a small shop with a wealth of bargains inside.
Upon entrance to the shop you will walk straight into an area housing this current seasons collection. Anything that you have seen this season will be here, normally all priced up at full price. Keep walking on through a doorway into the real treasure trove for Barbour bargain hunters. Inside here you will find a mixture of stock from last season including your perennial Barbour Liddesdale jackets across both men and womens styles as well as children. If you are really lucky you might find something that has a slight fault. Anything other than perfect can’t be sold via independant retailers so Barbour sell them through the factory store. A slight problem with the stitching inside could see a reduction of half price or more.
The address to pop into your sat nav is:
Barbour Factory Shop
Monks Way, Bede Trading Estate
Jarrow NE32 3HL
Opening times may during holiday times etc. You can check out more details via the Barbour Official site or give the factory store a call on 191 4284707
Take your credit card because you might end up buying more than you expect! Let us know what you think if you go there.
When you are on the lookout for a new Barbour, it is always nice to have a browse through a collection of images from people that are already wearing it. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are full with pages supporting the brand but Pinterest is somewhat of a goldmine for Barbour fans looking for inspiration. Although it hasn’t been around for too long, the global success of Pinterest over the past few years has been phenomenal. Millions of users source imagery from around the World to add to their collection.
One such user is Laura Bonnell who has created Barbour Style. This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Barbour inspired photographs that you are likely to find anywhere on the net. A mixture of male and females are featured wearing a variety of jackets including Barbour waxed and quilted jackets. Barbour wellies, accessories and knits are also available to view. Check out her Pinterest board now.
To commemorate the hugely popular Barbour Steve McQueen collaboration, the official Barbour site have unveiled a competition to win a trip to the International Six Day Enduro 2013. A party of four, including yourself, could win a trip to the famous Sardinian motorbike event with accomodation and travel included. £125 spending money will be thrown in as well as probably the best prize…a Steve McQueen jacket each. To enter you simply have to answer which year Steve McQueen raced in the ISDT.
What are you waiting for? Get over to Google or Wikipedia and have a hunt around for the answer. And no…we are not going to give you it that easily. To enter the competition, head on over to the competition
Mens designer clothing store Aphrodite1994 have started their online and in-store sale now with some of the best loved Barbour jackets from this season reduced by 25%. It is not just a Barbour jackets sale but also a sale on accessories and knitwear from the collection this season. Iconic quilts such as the Barbour Liddesdale Jacket and the Akenside are discounted along with items less familiar but just as nice such as the Barbour Skipsea Jacket (pictured below) and Tatton jacket.
Other bits and pieces from the previous collections are also available on the site reduced down to 50%. It’s a great chance to get something from our favourite Heritage brand at a fraction of the price.
There’s a massive 20% off Barbour over at Aphrodite Clothing. The sale is set to run until midnight 19th Nov. There is a massive selection of mens designer jackets and clothing such as the Barbour International, a selection of quilted, waxed and other jackets/coats. There is plenty of time to get it delivered for Christmas if you are purchasing for a loved one but stock won’t last forever at these prices and there is an extended returns period too.
We get asked quite frequently how to spot a fake Barbour. With counterfeit products flooding the market, Barbour have made it a priority to flush out the counterfeit websites that are roaming the Internet.
If you are thinking of buying a Barbour from the net but are a bit unsure of whether it’s legit or not, you might want to check out the official barbour website’s counterfeit websites list