Renowned for its more sport-inspired, modern fashion Barbour International was launched in 1936 when family member Duncan Barbour joined the business. Quickly taking off, the Barbour suits were seen on virtually every British International team from 1936 to 1977.
Today with contemporary styles for men and women, we take a closer look at the history behind the brand with our Barbour International Guide.
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. Worn by the likes of actor, Steve McQueen, it was the brand to wear.
Barbour International is now a stand-alone brand, which sits separately from Barbour. It is popular due to its long and rich heritage and expert quality and materials. The brand’s clothing spans both men’s and women’s apparel with tailored collections for different needs.
In 1980, the iconic black and gold Barbour International badge first appeared on the jackets, introducing a whole new generation to its style. Today, Barbour International is globally recognised as a go-to brand. Particularly known for its broad selection of premium quality waxed jackets that will last you a lifetime.