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Barbour

British Clothing Brand
Brand Profile

Barbour Clothing represents a remarkable story of durability, tradition, and British heritage. It was founded in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, England. With origins deeply rooted in providing oilskins and weatherproof garments for those battling the harsh North Sea weather, Barbour pioneered the innovative use of waxed cotton, enhancing the durability and waterproofness of its jackets.

The brand has maintained its headquarters and factory in Simonside, South Shields, for over a century, where it continues to produce some of its classic wax jackets by hand, employing about 180 staff members and outputting 130,000 to 140,000 jackets yearly across various styles.

Under the stewardship of the Barbour family, now in its 5th generation with Dame Margaret Barbour as chairman and her daughter Helen as vice chairman, the brand upholds its legacy through traditional manufacturing techniques and a unique re-waxing service that rejuvenates around 13,000 jackets annually.

While renowned for its iconic waxed cotton jackets like the Bedale and Beaufort, Barbour has evolved into a comprehensive lifestyle brand, offering various clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. This evolution reflects Barbour’s commitment to expanding its product line while adhering to core values and craftsmanship.

Barbour’s collaborations with notable brands and personalities, including Land Rover and Alexa Chung, alongside introducing customization options like My Barbour, underscore its adaptability and appeal to a broad audience.

The brand’s significance is further elevated by three Royal Warrants and endorsements from royalty and celebrities alike, symbolizing its status as a symbol of British luxury and style. Barbour’s journey from a local manufacturer to a global icon highlights its enduring appeal and the timeless quality of its products.

Industries

Clothing

Founded

1894

HEADQUARTERS

South Shields, UK

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