Barbour celebrates 125 years with icons re-engineered collection

by Stephen Garner

Barbour has announced the arrival of its Re-Engineered Collection, a celebration for 125 years of the brand and five generations of the Barbour family.

Comprised of both ready-to-wear and accessories, the Re-Engineered Icons Collection includes men’s and women’s modernized jacket designs representing the brand’s most iconic styles; The birth of waxed cotton, birth of Barbour International, birth of countrywear, birth of the quilted jacket, and the modern face of Barbour.

The Icons Haydon Wax is a modern take on a true Barbour classic and the earliest example we have of a jacket made from waxed cotton. The first generational jacket design, Uncle Harry’s coat was a Haydon initially introduced in 1910; A three quarter length oilskin jacket with velvet collar, it had two ample pockets and wind cuffs to prevent rain getting up the arms.

The Icons International Jacket is an interpretation of the waxed cotton suit designed specifically for use in the 1936 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) and created by avid motorcyclist Duncan Barbour. Barbour International soon after became a market leader in motorcycle clothing and beyond right up to the late 1970s.

The birth of countrywear then began in the 1960s and lives on today through Icon styles the Durham and Bedale for men and the Beaufort for men and women. What began with John Barbour’s lightweight unlined wax Durham jacket since expanded in the 1980s with Dame Margaret’s shorter-length Bedale ideal for Equestrians and thereafter the Beaufort – a shooting jacket known for its distinctive full-width read game pocket.

The Icons Liddesdale Quilt is a recreation of the original Countryman design from 1979, with a distinctive quilted outer style developed for its lightweight practicality and warmth. In 1994 the name was changed to the Liddesdale and has been a bestseller ever since.

Entering into today, Barbour combines heritage with modernity – staples for active, elegant people across the globe who embrace authenticity, style, and practicality. This is perhaps best represented by the Beacon Sports jacket for men, worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in 2012. The iconic Durham for women has also been readapted into a waterproof breathable fabric to create a stylish, fit for purpose jacket designed for town or country living.