The Barbour story began in 1894 in South Shields in the North East of England. Founder John Barbour began supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen and dockers. These first weatherproof items quickly established Barbour’s reputation for innovation and quality.
Today, Barbour remains a fifth generation family business sold in over 40 countries worldwide. Under the leadership of Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour, Barbour has grown into a lifestyle brand offering a wardrobe of stylish functional clothing for men, women and children inspired by the unique values of the British countryside. This includes shirts, trousers, knitwear, accessories and footwear alongside Barbour’s legendary outerwear. For Autumn Winter 14, Barbour has launched its first collection of men’s and ladies‘ watches, named Barbour Timepieces, fusing British style and iconic brand elements for a distinctive look that drills deep into the DNA of the Barbour brand.