J. Barbour & Sons Ltd.Established 1894
Established in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, J. Barbour & Sons Ltd. is a luxury fashion brand of weatherproofed outerwear. Originally started as a supplier of oilskins, Barbour has gone on to become one of the most iconic names in quality outdoor clothing. The Barbour style has been epitomized by the waxed-cotton jackets, which are still manufactured by hand in their factory in Simonside. Appointed in 1974 by the Duke of Edinburgh, then in 1982 by Her Majesty the Queen and again in the 1987 by the Prince of Wales, Barbour is the official supplier of ‘outdoor waterproof wear’ to the members of the royal family.
The most iconic Barbour jacket, the Beaufort, was primarily designed as a shooting jacket and first presented in the collection in 1983. The design of the Beaufort was inspired by Dame Margaret Barbour’s visits to France where shooting jackets tended to have more features and style than was usually the case in the UK. The name was chosen to emphasize the continental character of the garment.
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