Barbour: 125 years, 5 generations

In 2019, Barbour is celebrating 125th anniversary, a significant milestone in Barbour’s rich history. Barbour is a global company and a family owned business. Barbour family have through the decades nurtured, guided and led the company from its small beginnings in 1894 supplying oilskins to mariners in South Shields, to the global brand it is today. As custodians of the brand, for 125 years, the Barbour family have skilfully combined innovation, progress and growth with authenticity and heritage, always ensuring that the brand remains true to its roots and founding principles of quality, durability, attention to detail and fitness for purpose.

New Fall/Winter 2019 collection is in our stores. Find out more about the collection in the videos below.

The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the read, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.

Barbour now has 11 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan. In whichever area the company now operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.