01 July 2016 15:00:00
Barbour: house of wax textures
Talking about the classic symbol of Foggy Albion – the waxed jacket
Barbour covers different social groups: its jackets are worn both by blue-collar workers from Glasgow and members of the British Royal Family. A brand is unique because it managed to unite the British nations having intransigent positions through durable waxed cotton. Brandshop is speaking of a cult family brand’s rich history.
IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE
The history of British classic jacket originates in the heart of Scotland – Galloway located in the south-west of the country. Born in the family of farmer an ambitious John Barbour left his home for the north-east of England to find a better life. There in 1870 in the age of 21 he began importing oil cloth. In 1894 Barbour opened a small shop in the main Market Place of South Shields at the mouth of River Tyne. As not the first Barbour and father of 11 children John decided to name the shop after his surname. That’s how sign J Barbour & Sons hung before the shop entrance.
ALL INGENIOUS IS SIMPLE
South Shields is a small port town which citizens are mostly sailors, dock workers and fishermen. All of them were not fussy about clothes requiring only comfortable relaxed fit, a good warm lining protecting from sea windy weather. Barbour experienced by working with oil cloth was the first to find a common solution to above-mentioned problems: he oiled his jackets with bee wax which makes ordinary cotton waterproof and protective as military boots. The first company’s jackets were called Beacon.
JACKETS BY MAIL
In 1906 a successful entrepreneur John’s sons Jack and Malcolm became equal partners. Two years later they established a distance selling and launched their first catalogue “Delivery of Barbour products by post”. By 1917 the catalogue accounts for 75% of company business.
In 1930 Malcolm’s son – Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist, presented his line of motorcycle clothing by Barbour. The brand developed a suit International specially for International Six Day Trial in which from 1936 to 1977 riders from the UK performed. In 1964 riders from the USA wore Barbour International suit: a classic motorcycling jacket was on legendary stuntman Bud Ekins and his friend an actor Steve Mcqueen. Riding on a wave of success in 1974 the company became an official supplier of “waterproof and protective clothing” to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.
In the early 1980’s the company radically changed its policy: clothing for sport and sail turned into convenient silhouettes for casual walk and travel. Bedale and Beaufort became the essential models while Barbour became a street style symbol. The company again received the patent on the right to be an official supplier to the Royal Court (His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family and sever years later to His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales.) The company pays tribute to its history through producing all the classic models up to now.
MADE TO LAST FOREVER
Despite the fact that clothing production is out of a small island for a long time and spread all over the world Barbour specialists are still manufacturing the goods and waxing classic jackets in the UK. High quality of outdoor clothing allows the owner to wear it for decades while brand’s fans descend vintage bombers and pea coats to their children. To keep jacket in a proper condition is quite easy: Barbour has repair workshop for this matter where you can always renovate and wax clothes.
During a century of Barbour’s existence there have changed 5 generations of this family but traditions are the same: high-quality, attention to the details and responsibility for its products. If it was not true the Royal family would not have their clothing in their wardrobes. Thanks to Barbour to become a titled is possible for everyone.
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