Your Guide to the best Barbour Coat

Not many jackets can pull off this level of style as well as this amount of practicality as a Barbour coat. Finding that perfect fit that will adjust to the right temperature as it changes climates from the late Summer breezes to that early Fall chill to the brutal Winter cold is a challenging and sometimes seemingly impossible task. However, whether you’re looking at a Mens Barbour coat or Womens Barbour coat – Barbour has quite the collection that will check off all your required boxes and ones you didn’t know you had all while leaving you as excited as when you ordered it!

Barbour and Sons

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We are sure you have heard about the amazing Barbour brand. If not, here is some information about this great clothing manufacturer you might find interesting and useful.

About the brand and its story:

J. Barbour & Sons Ltd. is an English luxury fashion brand founded by John Barbour in 1894, which designs, manufactures and markets weatherproofed outerwear, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories for men, women and children under the Barbour brand. Founded in South Shields, England, as an importer of oil cloth, J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. has become well known for its waxed cotton coat which is a common element of British country  and hunting clothing. If you want to know how important the influence of the brand is, just look at the fact that J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. holds royal warrant to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1982, and Charles, Prince of Wales in 1987.

How the company came to be:

John Barbour, a native of Galloway, Scotland, founded J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. in South Shields, England, in 1894 as an importer of oil-cloth. John’s grandson Duncan, a keen motorcyclist, would also take the company in that direction during his tenure as Barbour became the originator of waxed cotton motorcycling suits and coats.

The headquarters of the company:

The headquarters for J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. at the time of its foundation was located at 5 Market Place, South Shields. While some of the waxed cotton jackets are still manufactured in Simonside, South Shields, most of the other products are manufactured outside the United Kingdom.


screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-11-06-26-amOther than its waxed and quilted coats, J. Barbour & Sons Ltd. are famous for sweaters, moleskin clothing, corduroy clothing, and Tattersall shirts. Barbour has also entered the “waterproof-breathable” market with its own type waterproof liners, cordura external fabric and polar fleece sweaters. In recent years the company has successfully modernized its collections to appeal to a younger clientele while maintaining credibility with the traditional countryside customer. Many of the more fashionable ranges are influenced by the “Barbour International” motorcycling ranges. Taking inspiration from the company’s 1931 waxed cotton motorcycling suit and the 1951 “Original Green” motorcycling jacket, modern collections are fashionable interpretations of the companies heritage in bikes. Despite traditional connotations with rural life, Barbour coats saw increased popularity as an urban fashion item in the 2010s decade.

Where to buy their products:

The Barbour brand can be found online, also within Barbour retail stores, as well as in many upscale department and specialty stores worldwide. From 2013, these retailers include Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and Cruise in the United Kingdom as well as Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States. Barbour has a retail and wholesale presence in over forty countries on six continents.

Why is this guide on a Barbour Coat necessary?

Because they are high end, high priced, high fashion jackets that last a long time. While you are paying a month’s car payment for Barbour jackets, what you are getting is undeniable quality, seasonally tested, easily recognizable branded fashion.

Additionally, there are many different types of Barbour jackets to consider. These objective reviews are here to help guide you to that perfect find and fit.

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