J. Barbour & Sons Ltd
The British heretage and lifestyle brand that is a cornerstone of Country Clothing. Established in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields, England, the company manufactures and markets waxed cotton outerwear, ready-to-wear country clothing and accessories. They have become well known for their waxed cotton jackets which are a common element of British country clothing. So famous for their Waxed Cotton Jackets that any wax cotton jacket can be often reffered to as a 'Barbour Jacket'.
In addition to its waxed and quilted jackets, J. Barbour & Sons Ltd. is famous for their shirts and accessories. Barbour has also entered the "waterproof-breathable" market with its own type waterproof liners, cordura external fabric and polar fleece sweaters. Some Barbour products contain outdoor-orientated features such as snug-fitting collars, "storm cuffs", waterproof pockets with drainage holes and wide "game" pockets. In recent years the company has successfully modernised its collections to appeal to a younger clientele while maintaining credibility with the traditional countryside customer.
Some customers keep Barbour waxed jackets for years, sometimes decades. Among such people, the wear-and-tear on the garment can be addressed by Barbour's repair service, which patches and reinforces jackets.
The headquarters for J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. at the time of its foundation was located at in the Market Place in South Shields and the company remains in South Shields today having occupied its current site since the 1980.