Barbour, British fashion brand, founded 1894 in South Shields, England by John Barbour. J. Barbour and Sons Ltd first became known for importing oil cloth to England. Soon the company began producing first waxed cotton jackets, which became very popular as functional wear for workers and as country clothing. After decades of manufacturing and gaining a reputation for their waterproof jackets, Barbour started to expand their brand. They started producing leather goods, shoes and accessories and later ready-to-wear. Today, Barbour is still best known for their waxed cotton jackets with corduroy collars, which have become a crucial part of British outerwear and the brand has expanded internationally, selling in the UK, the US and Asia.
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