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There's not many jackets in the world that can strike up such a sense of nostalgia than a tatty Barbour hanging up on a coat hook- the overwhelming smell of aging wax, the contrasting cord collar and the distinctive lining are a potent concoction that have become synonymous with country attire.

A brand steeped in heritage, with deep British roots, Barbour have been the last word in protection against the Great British elements for over a century.

Founded in 1894, with the opening of their first shop at 5 Market Place, South Shields, the Barbour brand has been a beacon for innovation ever since. They were the first brand to ever offer a catalogue ordering service- which gave them business on an international level, as they branched out away from the UK.

A business that has remained in the family since it's birth, Barbour have stayed true to their roots at every change of direction- utilising their expert knowledge in waxed cottons to create styles to take their business further.

In 1934, Duncan Barbour introduced a new line of products to the Barbour range which added a whole new dimension to the label. A keen motorcyclist, Duncan used the infamous waxed Barbour material to create full cycling suits. They were perfect for fending off the mud, grit and gravel of the roads and tracks, as well as the harsh weather conditions when riding in the Winter.

Naturally, the range was a huge success- between the years of 1936 and 1977, virtually every British motorcycle team competed wearing Barbour. However, the brands reputation didn't stop growing there. The label had gained some serious momentum from it's success with motorcyclists, and attracted attention from one man in particular-Steve McQueen.

McQueen, a serious petrol head himself, wore Barbour whilst riding his own bike, as well as for when he rode with the US national team. The addolation that the King of Cool paid to the small British brand is now repaid with the Barbour Steve McQueen range.

The 70's and 80's were huge decades for Barbour. They gained the first of three Royal Warrant's, opened a brand new factory on Simon Side, South Shields (which is still used today), and launched the Barbour International range- recognised by the famous black and gold label, to celebrate the brands biking heritage.

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The same era also saw the release of some of Barbour's most iconic jackets-the Beaufort and the Bedale. Both finished in wax cotton, they became a staple of fashion lovers, farmers, and countryside enthusiasts throughout the country.

Now into it's 119th year, Barbour has developed into an internationally lusted after brand. Chased and cherished by some of the most famous faces in the world, it is unique in the way it has become so sought after without losing its accessibility and functionality.

Jackets built for purpose are the Barbour trademark, with a strong dose of British production values bringing the quality, and flawless design bringing the style statements.

This season is no different for Barbour, as they bring back their historical jackets for another harsh Winter.Take a look at our pick of this season's selection:

Barbour Stratus Olive Hooded Jacket Barbour stratus wax jacket at masdings.com

Big contrast buttons, classic tartan lining, bellowed pockets and a wax finish make this modern style entirely a Barbour classic. We love the casual look this jacket brings- it's perfect for mixing up a modern look with a bit of nostalgia.

Barbour Strathdee Black Wax Jacket Barbour Strathdee wax jacket at masdings.com

A strong take on a classic Barbour biking jacket, the Strathdee has a few quirky features we've not seen before. The reflective belt is a fnatastic contrast against the dark colour of the jacket, whilst homage to it's biking roots is paid by the neck fastening and classic shape.

Barbour Lutz Olive Waxed Jacket Barbour Luts wax jacket at masdings.com

We love the smarter look this jacket takes on whilst keeping true to its wax pertained roots. A cosy funnel neck and buckle strap neck fixing make it extra snug for colder weather- so it's ideal if you're looking for a smart/casual option with plenty of fight to offer against the weather.

Ryan J Gray

 

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