Barbour Celeb Spotting

Barbour JacketWe are going to start a new trend of spotting celebrities wearing Barbour.  You will all know that the more celebrities get snapped wearing a certain item of clothing and it appears online and in the press, the more the public wants it.

So here’s the first one to be spotted.  The lovely Holly Willoughby sporting a black quilted Barbour International Barbour Jacket whilst out and about on the streets of London.  You can buy the womens version online now from Joseph M.  The quilted Barbour jackets have been very popular this year amongst men and women, especially in black.  Maybe she’ll talk Phillip Schofield around to getting one.  Watch this space…

When Did Barbour Become Popular Again

Until the last few years, Barbour was a name synonymous with rich country boys, farmers and the Royal Family.  Realistically who would want to wear a jacket that the Queen or Prince Charles were seen sporting?  Not many of us unless you had pockets full of money and lived in a country mansion or farmers up early in the pouring rain, shearing their sheep.

So at what point did Barbour become a must have designer brand, so in demand by the mainstream public?  Well let me take you back to Glastonbury in 2008.  Think back to the pouring rain and the mud baths that followed.  Certain celebs started donning their Barbour Jackets to protect themselves from the elements and in turn created a new trend of designer wear.  Some wore them with the other staple festival fashion item, the wellies whilst others took a more fashionable approach and mixed them up with their normal designer clothing.  Being a popular festival around the world, the pictures ended up around the Internet and national press and soon everyone wanted to jump on the bandwagon and get into the Barbour trend.

Barbour JacketThe likes of Lily Allen, a  regular festival performer is one such celebrity to have been seen sporting Barbour on numerous occasions.  She even took to wearing a Barbour Jacket as an evening coat over her dress and it didn’t look at all out of place.

So how long will this trend last we ask?  For a long long time to come hopefully.  There doesn’t seem to be any sign of the Barbour bandwagon stopping.  With their upcoming collaborations with Steve McQueen and Tokito they are looking to take the Autumn and Winter 2011 by storm.  Add to that their expanding list of t-shirts, bags, knitwear and shirts, Barbour are here to stay for the foreseeable future

Barbour x Steve McQueen Collaboration

Exciting news for fans of Barbour. They have done a collaboration with Steve McQueen, one of the most iconic figures among men over the past century. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Barbours International Motorcycle Clothing line, they have teamed up with Mcqueen, who you is infamous for his exploits on a motorcycle in the famous getaway scene in The Great Escape. In the 60’s, McQueen actually wore a Barbour jacket to take part in a motorcycle race in East Germany. In fact, Barbour was the staple motorcycle jacket for most of the British International Motorbike teams from the mid 30’s through to the mid 70’s

The upcoming commemorative collection of Barbour clothing looks very much worth waiting for. They are doing a collection of jackets, t-shirts, knits and shirts. As usual though, it’s their McQueen motorcycle jackets that people are talking about. Some feature a large print of Steve McQueen inside the lining of the jacket which are bound to be popular. We are in particular looking forward to the upcoming Barbour Penton and Bud Jackets which are adorned with the American flag on the lining of the jacket. Nice indeed. They should be available from official stockists of Barbour around the world from this August.
Steve McQueen Barbour Jacket

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.

Weclome to the Barbour Jackets Blog

Barbour Jackets are becoming a wardrobe must, with the brand hugely growing in popularity. From a 4th generation family owned company who famous for their traditional Waxed Barbour Jacket and spanning over 100 years, they have developed a unique understanding of clothing that was originally truly fit for the country lifestyle. Over recent years Barbour have developed their jackets and gained a whole new type of audience. Moving with the trends of modern day fashion they are now looked at as a highly desirable label while still maintaining the core values of their heritage. Barbour now deal in a broad range of sizes, the smaller guy or those who may want a slimmer fit garment may wear The Quilted Barbour or Liddesdale Jacket with a t-shirt and jeans. The Wax Jacket may be for the guy who wants a larger fit or simply something to protect his clothing from the outdoor conditions. Whatever the size Barbour can cater for. Check out the wide range of Barbour Jackets in store and online at Aphrodite Clothing.

Barbour Jackets Spring / Summer 2011

All Jackets Available at Aphrodite1994

Barbour Chelsea Flyweight Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Contemporary Collection. This black jacket is a lighter version of the popular tailored Chelsea jacket. It has a two way zip under it’s studded front, set in sleeves and a self fabric funnel collar.

  • 100% Polyamide with 40g Soft Polyester Wadding
  • Style: MQU0007
  • Unfortunately we are unable to ship Barbour products outside the UK.

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Barbour Liddesdale Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Heritage Collection. This mid blue, nylon quilted jacket is a slimmer fit of the popular Liddesdale design. The jacket features set in sleeves, a studded front and a corduroy collar. For storage, the jacket has two patch pockets to the front and one inner zipped pocket.

  • 100% Polyamide with 50g Polyester Wadding
  • Style: MQU0008
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Barbour Nylon International Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Heritage Collection. This navy jacket is 70’s inspired in a classic biker style. It features a slanted map pocket, derived from Barbour’s rich heritage and designed for ease of access. The jacket also has a branded International patch, brass buckles/studs throughout and a tartan lining. This jacket is not fully waterproof.

  • 100% Nylon Outer with 100% Cotton Lining
  • Style: MCA0085
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Barbour Grenville Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Heritage Collection. This waterproof, Barbour jacket is a slim fit raglan cut coat. Key features include a leather trim, an original Barbour illustration print and a technical inner iPod pocket. The jacket also has a draw cord waist and a lower hem for increased style and opportunities.

  • 57% Polyester / 43% Cotton
  • Style: MWB0286
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