Barbour is a name synonymous with a wax jacket. J Barbour and Sons Ltd., was established in 1894 and is now a fourth generation family company. The company has greatly evolved since the days when they supplied oilskins to local fishermen. With a history that covers, and that has been influenced by, both World Wars and the Great Depression the fact that this is still a family run business is impressive to say the least. In today’s global market it is also notable that the wax jacket is still made in Simonside, England.
All the materials used are ethically sourced, locally where possible, and increasingly biodegradable or recyclable. The styles and fabrics have greatly diversified. The traditional waxed coat has been improved, coming in different lengths, colours and weights to suit your individual needs.
One of the most popular waxed jackets is the Classic Beaufort, which is made from a fabric known as Sylkoil which is both water and thornproof. The Bedale jacket which is a short, lightweight design was designed in the 1980s and marked the brand’s shift towards more casual. Although quality, wear. Further to jackets Barbour also produces shirts, trousers, hats and bags to name but a few of their items and almost all are designed individually for men, women and children.
The four main styles are; contemporary, classic, which is a more generous fit than contemporary, heritage fashion and sporting/ active. A recent addition to the latter range is the Northumberland styles. These were designed by Lord James Percy, one of Barbour’s ambassadors. This range is designed for shooting, Lord Percy himself being an acclaimed shot, and won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product. The brand also holds three royal warrants for the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
The Barbour brand has long been associated with a strong commitment to customer service. Any Barbour jacket can be sent back for re-proofing, regardless of age. Commitment to the general public does not stop at the Barbour customer, with the company donating a percentage of profits to the Barbour Trust. This charity was initially set up to support communities both locally and internationally over issues of homelessness and unemployment.