2019 marks 125 years of Barbour, a significant milestone in the company’s history. Still family owned (5th generation), this year is a celebration of the Barbour family who since 1894 have led the company from its small beginnings supplying mariners with oilskins in South Shields in the North East of England, to the global lifestyle brand it is today.
To celebrate this milestone Barbour have given some of their classic designs from the archive an anniversary twist. Here we profile the three coats that you can find in Aldeburgh and on our website.
This women’s wax jacket is a modern take on ‘Uncle Harry’s coat’: a design introduced in 1910 and the earliest example of a wax jacket in the Barbour archive. Cut to a timeless fit, it features an authentic Barbour Tartan inner, cuff tabs and flap pockets which have been updated with a hidden welt entry beneath the flap. The cord collar can be raised to reveal a unique ‘B’ motif in golden embroidery.
In 1982, following John Barbour’s untimely death, Dame Margaret continued his country clothing legacy and designed the iconic Beaufort wax jacket. Designed originally as a shooting jacket, it has a distinctive full width rear game pocket. In 2007, the Beaufort received high profile attention in the film “The Queen” when actress Helen Mirren who portrayed the Queen wore a Beaufort.
This modern take on a country icon features hallmark details including a sit-down corduroy collar, adjustable wind cuffs and the iconic Barbour Tartan lining. Low handwarmer pockets, additional zipped pockets and bright metal hardware refresh the signature look for modern appeal, while golden ‘B’ embroidery at the inside of the throat tab adds the stamp of this 125-year anniversary collection.
The quilted jacket with its distinctive diamond quilted outer and smart corduroy collar, was first introduced into the Barbour range in 1989 and was originally know as the Countryman. It was developed as a lightweight and practical, warm garment that was easy to wear. In 1994, the name was changed to Liddesdale and it has been a bestseller ever since. Named after the Liddesdale Valley in the Scottish borders, it has both rural and urban appeal and is just as much a favourite to slip on over a suit as it is to wear in the fields or out riding.
Created as part of Barbour’s 125th anniversary celebrations, this limited-edition version re-engineers the original design with a velvet collar and cuff binding, an exposed two-way zip and angled zipped pockets. The collection’s signature ‘B’ motif appears along with gold piping under the collar.