Classics Explained – Barbour Waxed Jacket

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When it comes to wax jackets Barbour are the experts.

The brand originated on the shores of South Shields where John Barbour recognised the distinct need for hardwearing outerwear amongst the working communities in the north of England, he introduced the oilcloth and thus the Barbour brand was born. Since then Barbour has gone on to become an icon of the British fashion industry being worn by everyone from Alex Turner to The Queen. Their waxed cotton jackets are famed worldwide for their durability and classic style, which is now entrenched in the make up of the brand.

The Bedale and Beaufort continue to be handmade at Barbour’s South Shields factory, which churns out around 3000 classic jackets a week. It takes 36 people in total to make a single jacket, each one being formed from of a number of individual parts; the Bedale contains 160 in total.

Now one of the most popular in the range, the Bedale was designed by Dame Margret herself. Originally made for Equestrian use it’s cut shorter than a Beaufort making it much more wearable. It’s constructed from Barbour’s signature medium weight 6oz waxed cotton making it fully water resistant, what more could you ask for?

To celebrate their 120 year milestone Barbour’s A/W’14 collection is a classic inspired offering, some favourite items include the Covert Jacket, Sett Classic Tartan Sweater and Quilted Lutz Jacket.

See the full range online now.

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