Barbour has become a perennial go-to over the years for those on the lookout for high-quality outerwear that defines British style. Established in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields, the family-owned label is now in it's 5th generation. Renowned for it's robust, practical quilted and waxed jackets - that are still manufactured in the Simonside factory - the core values of Barbour remain the same, marrying the uniqueness of the British Countryside with the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional attire. With seasonal and core collections arriving on a regular basis, you can browse the full collection currently available online and in-store at Stuarts London below.
The Barbour story is one of true heritage, craftsmanship and nothing less than iconic. Interestingly, the Barbour we all know today has come a long way from when it all started in 1894. Although Barbour continues to source and design products from around the globe, Barbour's classic wax jackets are still crafted by hand in the factory in Simonside, where it all began. Year after year, Barbour continues to adapt, innovate. However, one that has always remained the same throughout their history and future plans is their strong core values. At the heart of their production is the fact that the company is a family business. The overall aim of the company is to bring wit, grit and glamour to beautifully functional clothing. Throughout the years, the principles of their design have remained the same and this is a true testament to their success. Synonymous with the British countryside, the Barbour wax jacket is instantly recognisable and respected. By 1908, Malcolm Barbour created the very first mail order catalogue. This catalogue was a huge success and by 1917, this catalogue had generated and accounted for 75% of all of Barbour's sales. The catalogue also became popular internationally with orders coming from Chile to Hong Kong! Throughout the years the company continued to create garments of quality and exceptional design.