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Barbour History

Barbour history

Barbour are a venerable institution, not just of British fashion, but of Britain itself. The company was established in the North East many moons ago (1894 to be precise). With much functional clothing at the time reflecting the previous century of upheaval in light of the Industrial Revolution, John Barbour aimed to buck the trend by creating a collection that reflected the needs of those who spent their time in the countryside: this was rural practicality with a stylish twist.

Barbour’s big break came with their production of what became known as the “Barbour jacket”. This waxed cotton garment, now synonymous with country chic the world over, combined durability with warmth and style and quickly established Barbour as a brand capable of changing the previously unflattering perception of country clothing.

With their stock rising, it was only natural that the company sought to branch out, and a move into footwear was an obvious choice. The Barbour jacket had proven their sartorial chops, and their range of tough, waterproof wellies followed suit, adding a touch of style and class to a style that was still in its infancy. To this day, their wellies still boast the same qualities; hard-wearing, durable and waterproof collections that add a touch of much-needed style to their more rugged characteristics.

The brand continued in this vein successfully for the following decades, being awarded the title of official supplier of ‘waterproof and protective clothing’ to the royal family, with warrants handed out by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, Prince Philip in 1982 and Prince Charles in 1987. These royal seals of approval were among numerous accolades the company has collected before and since.

As well as being a firm favourite of everyone’s favourite escapee Steve McQueen, the brand has been successfully reinvigorated for a younger, more fashion-led generation, and has been worn by the likes of David Beckham, the Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Alexa Chung to name just a few.

As a testament to their quality some people have owned their Barbour jackets for decades, with only a need for minimal repairs. This is a trademark that has been carried forward into their footwear too – a pair of Barbour shoes is gift that keeps on giving.

The company now has eleven of its own retail stores operating in the UK as well as a presence in more than 40 countries around the globe. Here at Cloggs we stock the full range of footwear for men and women, as well as a super-cute collection of dog coats to treat your prized pooch to.

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