In 1894, in the Market Place in South Shields, Barbour’s story began.

The 5th generation family-owned business today remains in the North East, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields.

Barbour continues to stay true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside. Barbour brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing. Although they source products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside, which they have been in since 1981.

Broadening from country wear roots, Barbour heritage and lifestyle clothing brand produce clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. Collections cater for men, women, children and now even dogs! As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes shirts, dresses, knitwear, footwear, wellies, accessories and more.

Barbour Wax Jacket

From country to city, Barbour waxed jackets have been the core of British style for generations.

In 1983, Margaret Barbour designed the first waxed jacket; The Beaufort wax jacket which still features in today’s collection.

Barbour now offers a wide range of styles, colours and fabrics, for both men and women. From quilted styles perfect for winter to lighter, waterproof options Wadswick stocks a large range of Barbour waxed jackets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Barbour & Sons Ltd is a British lifestyle and luxury brand.

Founded by John Barbour in 1894, Barbour designed, manufactured and marketed waxed cotton outerwear.

Barbour is now a global business with retail stores in over 40 countries worldwide.

The classic Barbour waxed jackets are still manufactured by hand in their UK factory and its proud British heritage is heralded on every item.

Yes, all Barbour wax jackets are waterproof.

Barbour waxed jackets are designed for men and women to help combat the great British weather. Each style of the Barbour waxed jacket offers a different resistant level.

Women’s Barbour jackets tend to be true to size but it is recommended to go up a size if you wish to layer waxed jackets, with mid-layers, on colder days.

The Barbour Family still own Barbour.

Founded in 1984 by John Barbour, the company is still run by generations of the family. Dame Margaret Barbour as chairman, and her daughter, Helen, on the board of directors.

Originally, producing weatherproof outdoor clothing for the military they have now become known worldwide for waxed cotton jackets.

In 1936, Duncan Barbour created a sub-brand of Barbour, which was Barbour International.

Duncan was a keen motorcyclist and launched an all-in-one wax cotton suit which he named Barbour International.

Today, Barbour International, inspired by the biker look, has stayed true to its original motorcycling heritage and classic collections have been created in contemporary fabrics keeping the sub-brand alive.

Barbour Defence Jacket, in olive green.

Kate Middleton is often seen wearing the Barbour Defence Jacket, in olive green, both during public engagements and whilst exploring the countryside.