Originally established by John Barbour in 1894 in South Shields in the North East of England to provide protective outerwear to fishermen, sailors and mariners from the worst of the British weather, today, Barbour offers a complete wardrobe of clothes, accessories and footwear for men, women and children. Shirts, knitwear, trousers and accessories are now just as much in demand as Barbour’s iconic outerwear. Forever synonymous with the British countryside, Barbour’s collections now span from the best practical country clothing to the more urban fashion. There’s a choice of different ranges for all ages and lifestyles, from technical sporting clothing to country heritage fashion styles, all inspired by Barbour’s archives and re-interpreted into modern, contemporary silhouettes.
A family owned 5th generation brand, Barbour is a global success story sold in over 40 countries worldwide including Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the US and Japan and holds three Royal Warrants from HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2013, in response to customer demand, Barbour and Barbour International, the clothing range inspired by Barbour’s motorcycle heritage, evolved into two separate brands offering customers a choice of the country or motorcycle lifestyles. The first Barbour International store opened on Piccadilly in London in November 2013 and more will follow worldwide. In 2019 Barbour celebrated its 125 anniversary – a significant milestone in the company’s history