John Barbour was born in 1849 in Galloway, West Scotland. In 1870 he moved to north east England and began working as a draper. In 1894 he opened J Barbour and Sons in South Shields. He sold everything from outerwear to underwear which had become really popular especially with seamen and alike as their oilskin coats protected them in extreme weather.
In 1908 they had developed a catalogue for the store which was innovative as by 1917 75% of business were from international orders. Barbour's two sons soon became involved with their father's business and in 1912 J Barbour and Sons became J Barbour and Sons Ltd. 1928 Malcolm's son Duncan (John's grandson) joined the business. The First World War broke and the demand for oilskins was growing, the company was on the up. Duncan's interest in motorcycles generated a new motorcycling range to be produced. When World War Two broke out Duncan had to fight so his wife and father stepped in producing weatherproof clothing for military and civilians. After 63 years of being a retailer they finally had become manufacturers and marketeers. Unfortunately Duncan died passing his business on to his son John, his father and wife became involved again. Unfortunately in 1964 Malcolm died at the age of 83 and in 1968 John suddenly died leaving the business to his wife Margaret who introduced manufacturing and operational systems.
In 1974 a Royal Warrant was commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh as in 1982 by the Queen and in 1987 by the Prince of Wales. In 1988 a Barbour trust was set-up and in the 1990s won three Queen's awards for export achievement. Margaret's daughter Helen was made chairman in 1997. In 2002 Margaret was appointed a Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire. Shooting wear had started to be developed including Barbour Jackets and despite its world wide success the original roots are still embedded in the North East with the head office still being based in South Shields.
Here at Accent we stock Ladies Barbour Jackets and Womens Barbour Jackets in several styles and now stock a selection of Kids Barbour Jackets