120 years ago, Barbour was founded in the port of South Shields by John Barbour, a Scotsman who saw a need for waterproof, reliable, hardwearing outerwear amongst working communities of the North East. Previously, fishermen had used stiff, badly wearing jackets coated with tar and fish oils. The introduction of oilcloth meant a softer, more comfortable jacket with the same water repellency and added longevity.

Barbour’s South Shields home in the North East of England is something we’re very proud of. It’s nearby where it all started at 5 Market Place with John Barbour in 1894 and it’s where our skilled teams continue to manufacture our classic original wax jackets. South Shield’s proximity to the sea, the surrounding countryside, the harsh British weather and the border to the Highlands where John Barbour was born, all play a part in the Barbour story.

As Barbour has evolved over the years, so have our collections, and we’re now pleased to offer not just our famous wax jackets, but t-shirts, knitwear, shoes and accessories to suit all seasons, all inspired by our countryside heritage. From country capes to playful prints, our new Spring/Summer 2014 collections are perfect for long summer days spent rambling in hillsides, dancing at muddy festival weekenders or taking full-throttle day trips on the motorcycle.