This year the family owned and classically British brand Barbour celebrates a massive 125 year anniversary. This milestone is significant in the history of Barbour. Five generations ago in 1984 John Barbour moved from his home town in Galloway, Scotland and established his first store in South Shields. The family led company has come a long way from its small beginnings in 1894 supplying mariners with oilskins, to the global lifestyle brand it is today. As curators 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.
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’ is a quote that seems to have inspired Barbour over the decades with the company supplying Britain with reasonably price top quality waterproof clothing. The company not only holds three Royal Warrants, but also a DBE, with the queen stating “Surely every closet in England has to have a Barbour jacket hanging in it”. The company has vastly grown over the years, from supplying clothing to fishermen, Barbour has then moved onto kitting out motorcycling enthusiasts as well as the Second World War submarine commanders. 125 year later Barbour now has a vast range that now includes menswear and womenswear collections, children’s clothing, boots, shoes and even a dog range.
In celebration of these decades of achievements Barbour has developed an exclusive collection of limited edition iconic jackets that have often featured in the history of Barbour. They represent the brand’s birth of waxed cotton, birth of Barbour International, birth of countrywear, birth of the quilted jacket and the modern face of Barbour.
This Autumn Winter Xile introduces three of the Barbour Icons.
The first Beacon Sports Jacket was worn by Daniel Craig in the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, and was a modified version of the Sports Jacket that was created in 2011 as part of a collaboration with Japanese designer Tokihito Yoshida. This limited-edition reinterpretation blends the best of both versions and features a single-breasted button-close front, leather-bound cuffs and a small patch pocket at the sleeve.
Inspired by Barbour's most famous shooting jacket, the Beaufort, this modern take on a classic design features a host of signature details including a sit-down corduroy collar, adjustable wind cuffs and a zip-fastening game pocket at the back. Zip-close pockets at the chest are perfect for safeguarding a wallet. This re-engineered icon is finished with the signature Barbour Tartan lining.
When Duncan Barbour developed the International waxed cotton suit in 1936 an iconic design – and indeed the Barbour International brand – was born. Reimagining the original jacket some eight decades later, this limited-edition piece is constructed in heavyweight waxed cotton with bellows pockets in lightweight wax. The angled 'map pocket' at the chest works alongside a throat strap, a buckle-close belt and Barbour Tartan lining to create the signature biker look.
You can shop the latest collection from Barbour in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston and Online at Xile Clothing, with free next working day UK mainland delivery on orders over £75.
Click & collect is available from Edinburgh, Livingston and Glasgow.