Barbour brand is considered the most famous manufacturer of wax jackets in the world. In 1894 John Barbour founded the company in South Shields, Great Britain.
John Barbour grew up in Scotland and, while tending sheep on his parents' farm, quickly realized the importance and gratitude of weatherproof clothing. So he made it his mission to develop waterproof clothing. At first, it was mainly fishermen and sailors, as well as chauffeurs or coachmen - people who had to work outdoors - who bought Barbour's waterproof jackets.
Only later the jackets became a real classic among lawyers, hunters or landowners and British aristocrats.
While the traditional wax jackets are still made in the South Shields manufacturing facility today, Barbour's other products come from all over the world.
Besides the classic wax jackets, the quilted jackets of the brand are especially popular. But also sweaters, socks and accessories are in the product range. The Barbour collections are sold in over 40 countries around the world, including Germany, Italy, USA, Japan and New Zealand.