What is the history of the Barbour clothing brand?


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John Barbour founded the Barbour clothing brand in 1894 in South Shields, England; its official name is J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. The company originally imported oil cloth. In the 1890s J. Barbour and Sons sold clothes for sailors, fishermen and dockworkers. In 1908 the company produced a catalog, which enabled Barbour to sell its products abroad. Barbour began selling clothing for motorcyclists in the 1930s.

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The Barbour clothing brand is well-known for its waxed cotton jackets, which are still manufactured by hand at its factory in England. This type of jacket is a staple in British countryside wardrobes, although it's become popular all over the world. Waxed cotton jackets produced by other manufacturers are sometimes referred to as Barbour jackets.

Barbour manufactures other items in factories around the world. The company produces quilted jackets, sweaters, shirts and other clothing items. The company also repairs jackets for customers.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales have awarded Barbour royal warrants, which signify that the company supplies goods to the British royal family. Barbour is the recipient of two Shooting Industry Awards for Best Clothing Product. As of 2015, the Barbour family still runs the company.

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