From composition and cleaning to sizing and styles, we’ve teamed up with the experts at for the ultimate buyer’s guide to Barbour. Since its birth 125 years ago, Barbour has continued to put Britain on the map for its outerwear offering. In particular its selection of signature wax jackets. Particularly proud of its northern heritage, Barbour’s first shop opened in 1894 in South Shields, North East England.
From here the brand has evolved to become the go-to brand for a plethora of occasions, including farming, motorcycling and more recently festival-goers. With recent collaborations with model and fashion designer Alexa Chung and illustrator Josh Parkin, the brand continues to push the brand to explore new audiences and contemporary styles.
#1 Is Barbour International the same as Barbour?
No, Barbour International is a sub-brand of Barbour created in 1936 when Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist, launched an all-in-one wax cotton suit called the Barbour International. Designed specifically for motorcyclists racing in the International Six Day Trials, the popularity of the Barbour International suit continued throughout the 1950s-70s.
All-in-ones were worn by almost every rider in the trials. Fast forward to the modern-day and the Barbour International collection has stayed true to its motorcycling heritage with designs inspired by the biker look. Classic designs have been replicated in contemporary fabrics including the signature wax cotton. Bringing this authentic jacket into the modern-day for an everyday wardrobe.