What Is Barbour International?
Barbour International was born in 1936 when Barbour family-member and keen motorcyclist, Duncan Barbour, introduced a one-piece wax cotton suit into the range. Duncan’s suit was created specifically for the IDST (International Six Day Trials) event in 1936 and the range quickly skyrocketed into the mainstream.
The brand became the uniform for at least 97% of the riders on the IDST circuit throughout the 1950s through to the 1970s – including actor Steve McQueen.
Barbour International is now a stand-alone brand, which sits separate from Barbour. Popular due to its long and rich heritage and expert quality and materials – the brand’s clothing spans across both men’s and women’s apparel.
In 1980, the iconic black and gold Barbour International badge first appeared on the jackets, introducing a whole new generation to its style. Since then, and after a long list of successful collaborations and fashion week showcases – the brand is now globally recognised, particularly for its broad selection of premium quality waxed jackets.