Come into Smart Country this December to see our fantastic range of clothes and gifts for a country loving family or friend! Barbour, Harris Tweed, Schoffel, RM Williams, Chrysalis, Loake and many more.
Barbour International Triumph at Robert Smart Menswear in York – genuine and original, this is a collection for biker aficionados. With a simple colour palette of black and grey, the collection features washed and distressed wax jackets with a lived-in authentic look. Knits are chunky and rugged and premium tees are washed and bleached.
Mens Steve McQueen™
from Barbour International at Robert Smart Menswear York
BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Available at Robert Smart Menswear in York.
Barbour International has represented the thrill of motorcycling since 1936, and these biker-inspired menswear collections celebrate that legacy with style and authenticity.
BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES YORK
Barbour’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection of mens and womens clothing is now available at Smart Country York. Designed for those who live, work and play in the British countryside, the Countrywear collections represent functionality, durability and classic country style. Stylish, practical and built to last, the men’s Lifestyle collections each reinterpret a facet of Barbour’s rich British heritage for the modern man and woman.
The new Barbour men’s Dept. B collection at Robert Smart Menswear York was born from the customisation of jackets, its a collection with a story to tell about the jackets owners. The Commander Jacket takes its customisation cue from the wardrobe department on Skyfall, who featured a Barbour jacket on James Bond (aka actor Daniel Craig) in last season’s blockbuster film while other usual suspects in terms of jackets, coats, sweaters and shirts. Take a look at the latest ranges and you’re sure to find something that fits your style. So, come into Robert Smart Menswear York and see our range of Barbour men’s Dept. B jackets.
Barbour quilted coats are available in many styles and colors and include a waterproof dressing to make them a long-lasting product. The waterproof exterior repels liquids so they don’t stain your coat and keeps the sun from drying and bleaching out the color. Cleaning your coat properly protects the material so you can apply additional dressing and keep wearing your coat for many years to come.
Things You’ll Need
- Cold water
- Barbour thornproof dressing
- Blow dryer
- Wet a sponge with cold water, and wring it out so it remains damp.
- Wipe the inside and outside of a Barbour quilted coat gently to remove any dirt or debris from the coat.
To remove heavy debris or dirt, soak the coat first in a bathtub of cold water, and then sponge off the interior and exterior.
- Hang your coat on a clothesline outside and let it dry naturally.
- Open and place a tin of Barbour thornproof dressing in a pot on the stove. Add water to below to top of the tin, and heat the water on medium high until the dressing softens. Remove the tin from the pot with tongs and place it on a plate.
- Dip a sponge into the dressing and rub it on the exterior of your coat. Work the dressing into the fabric, making sure to cover seams and creases.
- Plug a blow dryer into an electrical receptacle, and turn it on high heat. Dry the coat thoroughly with the blow dryer on all exterior surfaces to set the dressing.
- Hang your coat on a clothes hanger overnight in a warm area.
Wax Cotton Care Instructions
Waxed cotton, or oilskin, is a unique high-performance fabric. It is made by weaving 2-ply cotton yarn into a strong canvas fabric, which is then treated with our proprietary mixture of micro and technical waxes. This oil/wax treatment creates a highly resistant wind and water barrier, while maintaining the breathability of the cotton.
The proper care and treatment of your waxed cotton garment will ensure its longevity. When you are not wearing your garment, always be sure to hang it in a well-ventilated area. Dried mud, sand, grit and dirt should be removed as soon as possible, as it will have an abrasive effect on the waxed cotton. It is also important to reproof your Classic or Lightweight waxed cotton garment as needed.
CLASSIC AND LIGHTWEIGHT WAX COTTON
Regular cleaning not only enhances the appearance of your garment but removes dust and dirt that can cause premature wear. Regular cleaning also prevents dirt build-up from becoming irremovable stains.
– REMOVE dried mud, sand and grit as soon as possible especially along inner sleeve seams, as these are abrasive.
– HOSE OFF or SPONGE WIPE with cold water only. If dirt is ground in, gently brush it off with a soft bristled brush and then rinse.
– HANG TO DRY naturally and completely for at least 24 hours in a dry, well-ventilated area.
– REPROOF the entire garment after cleaning.
DO NOT dry clean • DO NOT machine wash • DO NOT tumble dry (no dryer) • DO NOT use soap or detergent of any kind • DO NOT use solvents or bleach • DO NOT iron or starch • DO NOT force dry or expose to a direct flame • DO NOT expose to direct sunlight for a long period of time (such as rear car window).
Doing any of these will damage or remove the proofing and may void the garment’s warranty.
Most waxed cotton garments will need regular reproofing within a year if worn frequently, or even sooner if you notice that the coat is drying out due to exposure to the elements. Uneven, shiny or dry areas, or where moisture no longer beads, is a good indicator to reproof those specific areas. It is not necessary to reproof the entire garment unless it has been washed.
By reproofing your waxed cotton jacket, you can bring back its original water-resistant finish. On top of prolonging the life of your jacket, reproofing will also revive the fabric’s color and help to prevent holes from forming along the seams of your jacket. Garments can be brought to “as new” condition with an easy application of Australian Outback Authentic Dry Feel Reproofing Cream.
– Be sure that the garment is CLEAN and DRY. Lay it on a flat surface and apply the cream sparingly with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth.
– Try using a hair dryer to WARM the cream on the cloth and on the garment as you apply it. This will make the application easier and more uniform.
– SPREAD CREAM EVENLY, working it into the fabric in a circular motion. DO NOT coat the surface too thickly or it will not be able to absorb it all. Seams and worn areas will require more cream.
– WIPE OFF EXCESS cream and hang garment to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area.
– The next day, spread out any excess oil not absorbed. Apply more cream to areas that still appear shinny or dry.
Avoid contact between waxed cotton and pale-colored leather car seats. As a precaution only, we recommend that you do not wear garments on seats for the first couple of weeks after purchase or after reproofing. Once the natural weathering process begins, the garment will feel dryer and softer and it will then be safe to resume normal use.
Since 1894, Barbour has been making high-quality heavy-duty jackets to help shield boat workers from the worst of the elements. Part of the way that it helps shield its wearer is through a thin wax coating on the jacket. However, this coating doesn’t stay on permanently. Indeed, you’ll have to reproof the jacket every year to keep its maximum effectiveness. Fortunately, the process isn’t that tough.
Things You’ll Need
- Barbour waxed jacket
- Barbour wax
- ▪ Newspaper
Wipe down the outside of the jacket using a sponge and cold water. Do not use warm water nor try to put it in the washer and dryer, as that will permanently damage the jacket.
- Open the top of the can of wax, and put it into a pot full of boiling water. Do not let the water touch the wax, but simply place the can in the water in order to melt the wax inside it.
- Dab the wax onto the jacket in small and controlled amounts using a thin piece of cloth such as a dish rag or an old T-shirt. Make sure to take care of creases, cuffs and seams on the jacket. Avoid getting wax on any part that wasn’t originally waxed, such as the collar or the jacket’s lining.
- Hang your jacket on a hanger. Put newspaper underneath it. Now, blow dry all over the jacket. This will melt away the excess wax and give the jacket an all-new sheen. The newspaper will catch the excess wax and keep it from making too much of a mess. Leave it for a day to let it set.
Barbour at Smart Country York is a British clothing manufacturer and importer, founded in South Shields, best known for making waterproof and outdoor clothing. The company is noted for its hard-wearing outdoor clothing, in particular the Barbour jacket at Smart Country York which has become a benchmark for waxed jackets.
The company was founded in 1894 by John Barbour, from Galloway, Scotland, who began selling oilskins in the port of South Shields. It currently holds royal warrants to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” to HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales.
In addition to its waxed and quilted jackets at Smart Country York, the company produces sweaters, moleskin clothing, corduroy clothing, and tattersall shirts. It has also entered the “waterproof-breathable” market with own type waterproof liners, cordura external fabric and polar fleece sweaters. Some Barbour products at Smart Country York contain outdoor-orientated features such as snug-fitting collars, “storm cuffs”, waterproof pockets with drainage holes and wide “game” pockets. In recent years the company has tried to modernize its range towards a younger image, while maintaining the traditional countryside range. Since 2004, Lord James Percy, younger brother of theDuke of Northumberland, has been involved in the design and marketing of the company’s shooting clothing.
Some customers at Smart Country York keep Barbour waxed jackets for years, sometimes decades. Among such people, the wear-and-tear on the garment can be addressed by Barbour’s repair service, which patches and reinforces jackets.
The mainstay wax-cotton jackets at Smart Country York continue to be made in Britain. Smart Country have a huge range of Barbour clothing in our York store.
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It’s been talked about for a while, but the Barbour Steve McQueen range has now landed, including the Barbour Steve McQueen Baker Jacket.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the International motorcycle clothing range, Barbour has launched a limited edition Barbour Steve McQueen capsule collection based loosely around it. Pictured above is that Baker jacket, which faithfully recreates the jacket that Steve wore in the 1964 ISDT in East Germany.
It has a fully waxed outer, chest pockets, gold pop studs, throat latch and Barbour International woven logo patch on the chest. The Baker also features a U.S stars and stripes lining and U.S flag on the left chest.
Robert Smart are an official stockist in York of Barbour Heritage clothing. We carry a wide range of jackets and accessories and other clothing.
An essential element of the store is Barbour’s long association with motorcycling. From 1936 to 1977, the Barbour name was synonymous with trials biking and Barbour biker suits were worn by virtually every British International motorcycle team during that period. In the 1954 International Six Days Trial (ISDT), nearly three-quarters of all competitors wore them. As a member of the elite US team, actor and racer Steve McQueen wore a Barbour International suit in the 1964 East German ISDT. They were used in other areas of motorcycle sport too, by army motorcycle display teams and by the patrolmen of 14 different police forces. We now stock the range of Barbour Steve McQueen clothing and accessories.
The Heritage collection is inspired by this history and at the heart of it is the iconic wax cotton International Jacket which is based on these authentic motorcycle designs. The range also features knitwear, trousers, shirts and accessories that complement the outerwear to make a capsule wardrobe collection steeped in history.
Barbour Country Clothing York
Today, the company manufactures Barbour Country Clothing for all country wear. Sweaters, moleskins, and waterproofs for hunts are all a part of today’s Barbour’s British clothing. Smart Country carries a wide range of Barbour outdoor wear. Shoppers looking for men’s rugged, country clothing in York are sure to find something perfect in the line of Barbour Country Clothing. The country clothing is suitable for any activity in the country. York’s four seasons offer different opportunities for country pursuits. Smart Country store has Barbour Country Clothing for spring, summer, fall and winter. Enjoying wearing the Barbour Country Clothing from Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear in York, men can get on out in the country in any weather.
This store, Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear, is a family owned business in the city of York. They find that Barbour Country Clothing offers features not always available in the countryside ranges of other fine brands. Barbour Country Clothing provides features like close-fitting collars and cuffs. There are wide “game” pockets, and the waterproof pockets have holes for drainage.
York’s Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear offers the best selection of country clothing for men in the entire city of York. The store stands by the brand and quality of Barbour Country Clothing. Shoppers will find Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear a unique experience in clothes shopping York style. For those seeking countryside options, the Barbour Country Clothing has varieties suitable for all sizes and tastes. Truly, Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear, York, is responsible for making available top-of-the-line men’s clothing. The men of York and anyone passing through can browse the wonderful collection of Barbour Country clothing and find something for their country excursions. Indeed, Smart Country Robert Smart Menswear is serving the city, and customers can easily find the store in the historic centre area of Low Petergate.
Barbour Jackets are becoming a wardrobe must, with the brand hugely growing in popularity. From a 4th generation family owned company who famous for their traditional Waxed Barbour Jacket and spanning over 100 years, they have developed a unique understanding of clothing that was originally truly fit for the country lifestyle. Over recent years Barbour have developed their jackets and gained a whole new type of audience. Moving with the trends of modern day fashion they are now looked at as a highly desirable label while still maintaining the core values of their heritage. Barbour now deal in a broad range of sizes, the smaller guy or those who may want a slimmer fit garment may wear The Quilted Barbour or Liddesdale Jacket with a t-shirt and jeans. The Wax Jacket may be for the guy who wants a larger fit or simply something to protect his clothing from the outdoor conditions. Whatever the size Barbour can cater for. Check out the wide range of Barbour Jackets in store and online at Aphrodite Clothing.
Barbour Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Heritage Collection.
Barbour INternational with tartan lining
This Barbour Jacket is new to store for Autumn / Winter 2010 and is from the Heritage Barbour ‘International’ collection. This design has been recreated by Barbour and is heavily influenced by the motorcycle jacket which was worn by virtually every British International motorcycle team from 1936 to 1977. This Olive Jacket has a Two-way front zip under studded storm fly front, a corduroy lined funnel collar with adjustable buckle fastening strap, Set-in sleeves with adjustable stud fastening cuffs and a map breast pocket with stud fastening storm flap on wearers left front and inner zipped pocket
Jacket – Black Chelsea Flyweight
Barbour Chelsea Flyweight Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Contemporary Collection. This black jacket is a lighter version of the popular tailored Chelsea jacket. It has a two way zip under it’s studded front, set in sleeves and a self fabric funnel collar.
- 100% Polyamide with 40g Soft Polyester Wadding
Jacket – Atlantic Blue International
This Barbour Nylon International Jacket is from the Spring / Summer 2011 Barbour Heritage Collection. The Atlantic Blue jacket is a 70’s inspired classic biker style. It features a slanted map pocket, derived from Barbour’s rich heritage and designed for ease of access. The jacket also has a branded International patch, brass buckles/studs throughout and a tartan lining. This jacket is not fully waterproof.
- 100% Nylon Outer with 100% Cotton Lining
Jacket – Yellow Nylon International
Barbour Nylon International Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Heritage Collection. This yellow jacket is 70’s inspired in a classic biker style. It features a slanted map pocket, derived from Barbour’s rich heritage and designed for ease of access. The jacket also has a branded International patch, brass buckles/studs throughout and a tartan lining. This jacket is not fully waterproof.
- 100% Nylon Outer with 100% Cotton Lining
Jacket – Navy Liddesdale Lightweight
Barbour Liddesdale Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Heritage Collection. This navy blue, nylon quilted jacket is a slimmer fit version of the ever popular Liddesdale. The jacket features set in sleeves, a studded front and a corduroy collar. For storage, the jacket has two patch pockets to the front and one inner zipped pocket.
- 100% Polyamide with 50g Polyester Wadding
- Jacket – Navy Nylon International
- Barbour Nylon International Jacket from the Spring/Summer 2011 Barbour Heritage Collection. This navy jacket is 70’s inspired in a classic biker style. It features a slanted map pocket, derived from Barbour’s rich heritage and designed for ease of access. The jacket also has a branded International patch, brass buckles/studs throughout and a tartan lining. This jacket is not fully waterproof.
- 100% Nylon Outer with 100% Cotton Lining
- Style: MCA0085
Come and browse through our great range of Barbour jackets. We have a wonderful collection of up to the minute, stylish jackets for both men and women in different fabrics and styles including the famous Waxed jackets, Beadnell Jacket and Duralinen ranges. Our policy is to offer our Barbour collection at less than Barbour’s recommended retail price to give our customers even more reason to buy the ultimate in jacket perfection!
What’s more we have a fantastic sale on Barbour jackets in selected styles, so now’s the time to buy while stock’s last so treat yourself to a Barbour jacket – you’re worth it!
The Barbour Spring Summer 2011 range will be arriving at Smart Country York soon. Also the Barbour Ladies Beadnell waxed jacket will be available this spring/summer
Barbour is just so wearable, so stylish and yet practical you cannot manage without one of their great jackets! In addition to our York Barbour jackets we have a great selection of Barbour sweaters. Barbour York- the perfect choice.
“Kate” Liberty Jacket by Barbour
New for 2010 ~ 2011 from Barbour, the ‘Kate’ jacket in Navy and Rustic now available from Smart Country. Based on the traditional Barbour utility style, this 6oz silkoil wax jacket surpasses itself with the stunning limited edition Liberty lining. The rich peacock blues in the navy jacket and the plums in the Rustic jacket have made this Barbour jacket one of this years most popular winter “must have’s”. “Kate” is multi pocketed so there’s a place for everything and she’s totally waterproof so will keep you warm, dry and looking great.
Barbour Rose utility wax jacket
We think the Barbour ladies Rose Utility wax jacket is one of the most stylish, versatile wax jackets that Barbour make. The olive outer is mediumweight 6oz Barbour wax with the lining being 100% cotton in the stunning Liberty rose print. This jacket is simply gorgeous and can be worn anywhere with flair but with the certain knowledge that you will be both warm and dry. The Barbour rose utility jacket features front patch pockets, a two-way hidden zip and moleskin inner collar and cuffs for ultimate warmth and luxury.
The Barbour rose utility jacket has semi-fitted styling and it is advisable to choose a larger size when ordering.
Barbour waxed utility jacket
A contemporary Barbour mediumweight wax jacket in a utility style. Waterproof and breathable this is a relatively fitted jacket which is one of Barbour’s best designs yet. With zip up front and press stud flap, together with 4 front pockets and a zipped inside pocket. 62% cotton and 38% polyester leather look with cotton lining. Available in sizes 8-18 and approximate length 62-72cm.
Life in the country is good. Smart Country clothing of York can make you look good from outdoor to office.
If you are looking for premier outdoor clothing brands like RM Williams and Barbour, York’s famed tailor Robert Smart brings country to Main Street with Smart Country. Smart Country is a premier outfitter of classic outdoor, shooting, and rural wear located in the heart of historical York. Come find us on Low Petergate, connecting York’s two major tourist attractions, The Minster and The Shambles. If you live abroad, you can have a piece of York’s one-of-a kind style delivered to your doorstep with Smart Country’s mail order option – connecting you to tweed in no time!
Nestled in the centre of Historic York, Smart Country is a trusted outfitter among Yorkshire’s Rural outdoor Community. Resident’s of Yorkshire rely on the fashion expertise of Robert Smart for daily wear and outdoor shooting apparel. Now the same rugged and tweed clothes that are beloved for exploring, shooting and rural living are available to you. Smart Country can fit your entire family in head to toe in Yorkshire style gear; from wooly jackets to streamlined tweed to breathable shooting attire. Retailer Robert Smart has stocked Smart County with the freshest looks from the iconic brands you know and trust including Barbour and RM Williams.
Barbour has been a respected name in UK apparel for over one hundred years; with its distinctive rugged look and unparallel durability. Barbour is a versatile line with soft stripes and tough tweeds. You will love browsing the classic tweed apparel and other items from waterproof coats, to comfort quilted jackets and from weather boots to weekday loafers. Ladies will love to stroll Yorkshire with a signature tweed carry-on shoulder bag from the Barbour line. The same great quality you know and love can now be passed on generation to generation with the Barbour children’s line featuring high quality tweed coats and accessories.
Born in the Australian Bush, RM Williams is world renowned. Since 1934, men and women of distinction have trusted their clothing needs to RM Williams while navagating the terrain and shooting. Today, From the Outback to the boardroom and everywhere life’s adventures take you in between Robert Smart is your connection to RM Williams. Get ready for outdoor adventures in RM Williams famous handcrafted boots or distinctive tweed jackets.
Whether you live in the country, or just love country living, nobody can outfit you like Yorkshire’s authentic country and outdoor living fashion store, SmartCountry. Don’t trust your tweed from any one other than Robert Smart, the name Yorkshire trusts.
Country Clothing In York Is Wonderful
One reason that Smart Country York is going to be so wonderful to find the hunting, shooting, walking, or country clothing of York is that the selection is going to be huge. When you think about Smart Country York you may think that this is going to be another run of the mill shooting, hunting, walking, country clothing shop. However, you will be shocked to see that Smart Country York is anything but your ordinary York country clothing shop.
Another reason that you should visit Smart Country York is they are going to have great prices on that huge selection of the shooting, hunting, walking country clothing that you need to have. Since the selling these items at great prices you will quickly notice that you can go out into the York countryside or any countryside for that matter in style without spending a fortune. Then you will be able to tell other people about Robert Smart menswear is the best place to get great deals on the shooting, hunting, walking country clothing that they need to have. Then they can head out on a more frequent basis with you to the countryside’s.
When you look for shooting, hunting, walking country clothing you should know that Robert Smart menswear is going to be a great location to find these items. That is because in York you will see that the people are more centered towards heading into the outdoors. Since the staff of Smart Country York are more into the outdoors adventures you could ask them for advice on the shooting, hunting, walking country clothing that is going to fit them. You may find that the staff at Smart Country York that will be replying to any questions are going to be some of the most knowledgeable people about the shooting, hunting, walking country clothing that is required when you go outside.
For many people when they think of York clothing is going to be the least of their thoughts. However, at Robert Smart menswear you will be able to find the shooting, hunting, walking country clothing that you need to have when going out into the countryside. Once you know about Robert Smart menswear you will find that this place in York is going to be the best place to find your shooting, hunting, walking country clothing. Even if you do not travel to York you will still be able to find the great shooting, hunting, walking country clothing by visiting Smart Country York menswear website.
Dressing for country pursuits
It is likely you will be going on some country pursuits in Yorkshire. At Robert Smart Menswear in North Yorkshire you can find everything from hats and scarves to suits and footwear. Robert Smart Menswear will help you find the perfect gift for that man you know who seems to have everything. With many high end brands to choose from you will the options you need to get that perfect gift. Are you shopping for someone who like to go shooting, hunting or fishing? Robert Smart Menswear has the clothing to support any country pursuits they may endeavor. Walking into Robert Smart Menswear for the first time is a special experience. With a vast variety to choose from shopping is always a pleasure. I shop at Robert Smart Menswear for all of my fishing and hunting gear. I have found some good items there for shooting as well. In Yorkshire I can not think of any better place to look when shopping for special brands that may otherwise be difficult to find.
Smart Country in Yorks has leading brands from British and continental suppliers. When looking for silk ties and suits Robert Smart Menswear has what you need. They have all the clothing needed for a night on the town or a day full of country pursuits. As you may already know when visiting Yorkshire country pursuits are inevitable. Many people in the area enjoy going hunting or even just shooting. Yorkshire has a variety of places to choose from when it comes to fishing and hunting. Yorkshire is famous for its fishing. If fishing is something you enjoy then choose your spot in Yorkshire and prepare to catch some big pike fish. This region has vast areas that are great for hunting and or fishing. You will need reliable transportation in these area. Walking everywhere is simply not an option. Some remote areas are only approachable by walking of course but you will a truck or jeep to get to many of these locations. For all of your fishing and hunting gear you can stop by Smart Country in Yorkshire. They have many brands to choose from. You will have the clothing you have always wanted walking out of Smart Country. This is a great place to consider when shopping for clothing that will protect you in your country pursuits. If you are coming to the area because you like shooting then you should talk to the locals about the best places to go for hunting and shooting. Or if your country pursuits are just fishing and walking through the valleys you will not be at a loss for places to visit. Walking through countryside is a great passtime for people coming to the area.
Hunting in this area is great because of the large amount of areas to choose from. When hunting make sure to have a guide that knows the land. A guide is handy for fishing as well. Walking to areas that others do not go is helpful when looking for a good shooting range. If you are interested in shooting then you would need to find a remote area for your shooting range. you can set up targets for shooting just by walking around the area you are shooting in. Country pursuits in this area attract many tourist. Walking around the region can lead you to many different country pursuits. In my country pursuits I enjoy exploring the vast region. Consider Yorkshire as a great place to visit for your country pursuits.
A host of bright young things have been wearing the archetypal British waxed jacket regularly worn by the Queen. The singer Lily Allen is the latest pop star to be seen in the ultimate all-weather sporting jacket.
She follows others who include Bob Geldof’s daughter Peaches and the actress Sienna Miller.
Less surprisingly, Prince William has also been photographed wearing the classic waterproof. While the Prince has worn his jacket in what might be called traditional fashion – in a field with a cloth cap – the others have taken it into a whole new arena.
You may not have landed gentry in your family tree and a crest over the door of a country pile, but with romantic fireside drinks and country walks in mind, it’s time to dress like a man who weekends away.
Combining textures and deep, spicy colours to create the look of a country gent, you can tune into the current penchant for hunting details. Create a richly layered look by mixing cords, tweeds and tan brogues, with plaid hunting shirts and bright knits.
Miss Geldof, 18, twinned the jacket with a pair of tiny shorts at Glastonbury while Miss Allen appears to have become inseparable from hers – even performing in it.
Cynics might put it all down to the particularly sodden weather of the past year. But the firm’s marketing department has clearly seen the silver lining and not the cloud and is launching a waxed silk jacket aimed at younger women.
The company’s spokesman, Sue Newton, said the firm was “excited” that so many younger celebrities had taken to wearing Barbour.
She said: “To be perfectly honest Barbour is not trying to be a fashion brand. It just happens that we have been picked up by young trendy celebrities, which is fantastic.”
But pitfalls abound if it is successfully to make the switch to a younger market while retaining its core customers. Burberry saw a huge rise in sales uplift targeting younger buyers, only for its traditional clientele to desert the brand when it became synonymous with “chavs”.
Miss Newton said that Barbour would be doing everything it could to keep true to its roots.
“We are not moving away from our classic jackets,” she said.
Hunter, the makers of the classic green wellingtons, introduced a line of brightly coloured boots which have been snapped up by young urbanites.
Some have seen less mud than their owners’ four-by-four cars but that has done nothing to damage the brand.
Danielle Radojcin, fashion editor of Handbag.com, said that the classic Barbour was “cool in an ironic way and that’s been recognised by celebrities”. However, she thought the new range was “still a bit Sloaney”. She added: “I think it would take a trendsetting celebrity like Kate Moss to wear one in order for them to take off. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Barbour’s Heritage collection York finds the modernity in tradition. Inspired by Barbour’s remarkable archive, Heritage designs are rich in detail, unapologetically functional and incredibly stylish. Fits are slimmer; fabrics state-of-the-art. Heritage shows Barbour at its most refined – at its most Barbour.
Barbour Heritage Range York is an authentic British brand providing a wardrobe of clothes for country pursuits, country living and for those who simply love the country, while still maintaining the core values of its heritage, durability, fitness for purpose and attention to detail.
These are all for sale in our York shops.
Now over 100 years old, Barbour is a 4th generation family owned company who have developed a unique understanding of clothing that is truly fit for the country lifestyle.
Barbour is an authentic British brand providing a wardrobe of clothes for country pursuits, country living and for those who simply love the country, while still maintaining the core values of its heritage, durability, fitness for purpose and attention to detail.
The Barbour story begins with John Barbour who was born in 1849 and raised on a farm in Galloway in West Scotland, the second son of a family whose links through history can be traced back to the 14th century.
At the age of 20 he left the farm to try his luck across the border in the north east of England where in 1870 he started business as a traveling draper. A year later, he married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Haining who bore him 11 children and gave him the encouragement and belief to start J Barbour & Sons in 1894 in 5 Market Place, South Shields.
The shop sold all manner of products loosely described as drapery including outerwear, boiler suits, painter’s jackets through to underwear, and, in the flourishing town of South Shields the shop which became known as ‘Barbour’s,’ thrived successfully. Almost from the first, Barbour derived an important part of its income from the ship-owners, ship builders and seamen of the port, supplying Beacon brand oilskin coats designed to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, river, dock and shipyard workers from the worst of the weather.
By 1906, Barbour was a successful business and John Barbour made two of his sons, Jack and Malcolm equal partners in the business. The younger brother Malcolm expanded the business to supply Beacon oilskin clothing to landowners, farmers, farm workers and shepherds. He also produced the first Barbour catalogue in 1908, which as well as targeting seamen and farmers, focused on fishermen forming the core of its future business. By 1917, the mail order catalogue accounted for almost 75% of Barbour’s business including international orders from as far away as Chile, South Africa and Hong Kong.
In 1912 J. Barbour & Sons became J. Barbour & Sons Ltd with John Barbour as Chairman and Jack and Malcolm as joint Managing Directors. John remained as Chairman until he died on 7 July 1918 and was succeeded by Jack Barbour. In 1927 Jack resigned leaving Malcolm to run the business. In 1919, Malcolm introduced the Barbour’s Buying Agency which was founded to enable Barbour’s to act as purchasing agents – buying and supplying any goods that Barbour was unable to provide directly from the shop or the catalogue on behalf of anyone living overseas. This quite often proved to be a challenge with requests as obscure as half a dozen penny mousetraps to be sent to Tibet, or half a ton of ship’s biscuits to be sent to the Indian Ocean but it reinforced the commitment that Barbour had to customer service which is still so important today.
In 1928 Duncan Barbour, Malcolm’s only son joined the business, having learnt his trade at Bainbridge’s, Newcastle’s biggest department store.
During the First World War, demand was high in the army for oilskins and Barbour continued to grow. However, following the war with a general downturn in the economy and the Great Depression of 1929, the company’s sales fell significantly. It took until 1935 for the economy to improve and for Barbour to start making a profit again.
Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist himself, introduced a motorcycling range in the 1930’s which quickly took off, and Barbour suits were worn by virtually every British International team from 1936 to 1977 when Barbour made the decision to pull out of the motorcycle clothing market. In 1957, 97% of all competitors who took part in the Scottish 6 Day Event rode in Barbour International Oiled Cotton suits.
With the start of the Second World War, Duncan was called away to fight and Malcolm Barbour took over full responsibility for Barbour again with the help of Duncan’s wife, Nancy. Again, they produced weatherproof outdoor clothing for both the military and civilians including the development of the Ursula suit which became standard issue for members of the Submarine Service. The Ursula suit was named after the U-class submarine, Ursula whose commander Captain George Philips was instrumental in getting the suits produced.
Upon Duncan’s return in November 1945, he set about expanding the business. The existing premises in Market Street were becoming too small and antiquated to cope with the amount of business and Duncan believed that the way forward was to build a manufacturing plant. In August 1957, Barbour moved to the Simonside Trading Estate on the outskirts of South Shields and after 63 years of being a retailer, Barbour became manufacturers and marketeers.
Duncan sadly never got to see the manufacturing plant, as having overseen all the plans for the factory, he collapsed and died on 15 June, age 48.
Malcolm again took over the reins with Nancy and her son, John age 19. It was a difficult time for the company but sales continued to grow. In 1964, Malcolm Barbour died age 83 and Nancy Barbour took over the role of Chairman with John as Joint Managing Director.
Then tragically in June 1968, while on holiday, John suffered a brain haemorrhage and died, leaving behind his young widow, Margaret and their 2 year old daughter Helen.
It was left to Margaret, a teacher by profession and who up until this point had had no real involvement in Barbour, to pick up the reins and take control of the company’s future.
She was immediately made a member of the Board of Directors, inheriting her husband’s share of the company and immersed herself in understanding all areas of the business, getting to know Barbour customers first hand and talking to dealers about how they viewed the company and its way of doing business.
Margaret and her management team introduced new manufacturing and operational systems and throughout the 1970’s, efficiency and productivity increased and sales were buoyant. In 1972, Margaret Barbour was appointed Company Chairman and in 1973 the company took the decision to discontinue all direct selling. The famous catalogues would continue but would now be used to support the product range, dealers and sales agents with the focus on countrywear.
In 1974 Barbour received the first Royal Warrant by the Duke of Edinburgh. The beginning of the 80’s saw the design of many current Barbour classics – the Bedale (short lightweight thornproof short riding jacket) the Border and the Beaufort jacket. It was the lightweight Border jacket that epitomised the growing trend of the 1980’s for smart casualwear as more and more people began to wear Barbour for general everyday activities.
In August 1981, Barbour moved into a new factory in Simonside. In 1982, Barbour received the second Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen and in 1987, the third Royal Warrant was awarded by HRH the Prince of Wales.
In 1988, The Barbour Trust was set up to support local and national projects dealing with a variety of community issues including welfare, health, homelessness and unemployment as well as donating funds to support international disasters such as the recent Tsunami tragedy. The Trust also continues to be a substantial benefactor in the local North East community, and has invested significantly in projects such as the Alnwick Gardens, Laing Art Gallery and The Sage Gateshead, a magnificent landmark building on Newcastle’s Quayside which symbolizes the region’s regeneration and provides a magnificent concert and music venue.
During the early 1990’s the business continued to expand internationally. Barbour won three Queens Awards for Export Achievement in 1992, 1994 and 1995. During the 1990’s, the company began to build a far wider and comprehensive country clothing collection for men and women moving into breathable waterproofs alongside the established wax jackets and introduced a wider range of colours including navy and sandstone alongside the traditional olive and sage.
Margaret’s daughter Helen Barbour was made Deputy Chairman in 1997 and in 1999, the first Barbour ‘shop in shop’ opened in Harrods.
n 2002, Margaret Barbour was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In 2004, Barbour began to work with Lord James Percy, younger brother of the Duke of Northumberland and considered to be one of the most renowned all round shots of his generation, in the design and marketing of its flagship shooting clothing.
Lord James has designed and developed the Northumberland range of technically advanced shooting and country wear which includes the highly acclaimed Lightweight Cheviot Jacket. . In 2005, the Northumberland Range won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, and more recently, the Linhope 3-in-1 won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, 2008.
Today Barbour’s headquarters are still in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.
There are now over 2,000 products across the two seasons and the collections now also cater for Ladies and Children .
Barbour now has 11 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in 40 countries worldwide including Germany, Holland, Austria, France, the United States, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan.
Broadening out from its countrywear roots, today the company produces clothing that is designed for a full country lifestyle. As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes trousers, shirts, socks, midlayers and knitwear. Recently the brand was tipped as one to watch as younger customers discover Barbour’s unique benefits.
Nevertheless, in whichever area the company now operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.