The Barbour story began in 1894 in South Shields in the North East of England. Founder John Barbour began supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen and dockers. These first weather resistant items quickly established Barbour’s reputation for innovation and quality.
Today, 127 years on, Barbour remains a family business, now fifth generation. Under the leadership of Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour, Barbour has grown into a lifestyle brand offering a wardrobe of stylish functional clothing for men, women and children inspired by the unique values of the British countryside. This includes shirts, trousers, knitwear, accessories and footwear alongside Barbour’s legendary outerwear. The iconic wax jackets continue to be made by hand in Barbour’s factory in South Shields. The proud holder of three Royal Warrants, Barbour is sold in over 55 countries worldwide, including Europe, the US and Japan. In 2021, Barbour celebrates ‘a centenary of re-waxing’, a sustainable service that has helped consumers to extend the life of their products for the last 100 years.
“Enjoying the outdoors is part of the Barbour Way of Life. We’re delighted to participate in A Dog’s Trail raising vital funds for the charity.” Helen Barbour, Vice Chairman, Barbour