Barbour jackets were founded in Scotland in 1894, since when they have been synonymous with innovation and quality. Traditionally known for providing a range of highly effective coats and jackets for those people who spend a good deal of time outdoors in the country, today Barbour jackets have become tremendously popular by those in the city, spawning a whole new dimension to the Barbour brand.
Whether you're looking for a Barbour jacket to go hunting in, for country hikes, or for working outdoors in the country, or you're looking for a Barbour branded coat for the city because it is currently one of the fastest rising names in city style, then there are a few things it's worth being aware of.
The first thing to realise is of course that unlike some brand names famous for making coats, Barbour originated in a place that's not exactly known for its long hot summers, balmy autumns and comfortable winters. In fact if you're going to choose anywhere as a place in which to design coats for the great outdoors then Scotland is not a bad choice. There's certainly plenty of rain, more than enough cold weather and a good deal of hail, sleet, snow and ice thrown in for good measure. And that's just the summer.
So there's not only a pedigree, there's also a reassuring level of experience as far as what coats are needed for. But today if you're after a coat it's well to be aware that there are now several different branches of Barbour, with some specialising in the traditional country coats and jackets such as quilted jackets and wax jackets, whilst others work on developing innovative, stylish yet still supremely practical coats for more urban environments, the city and the street.
From leather jackets to wax jackets there's a whole range to choose from, but they all still boast that exceptional level of quality which has made Barbour the name it is today. In fact it's certainly not unheard of for Barbour coats to outlast their owners, and some people have even inherited their coat. That may be surprising , because many clothes today seem to be manufactured to the sort of quality standards which suggest that you're not going to want to wear them after one season anyway.
But the fact that Barbour coats last for practically a lifetime is not the only surprise, because another problem with many brands and clothing styles is that after just a short period of time they start to look dated and are often thrown away simply because they are no longer stylish, and look very dated.
Because Barbour jackets last so long you'd be forgiven for thinking that perhaps they are at risk from suffering this same fate of becoming outdated, yet this isn't the case. One thing that Barbour do extremely well is to create styles which last as long as the quality of the stitching. Buy a Barbour coat today and you'll not only be able to still benefit from it in ten or twenty years, but you'll still look every bit as stylish. Some styles don't date, whereas thankfully others pass into the annals of history fairly quickly. Leg warmers, snoods, mullets and flares - need we say more?
The moment you pick up a Barbour coat you can tell from the feel of the material that it's first rate, from the best Egyptian cotton to the softest nappa leather, there is quality in every stitch, and great attention to detail, with every possible requirement considered. This is largely due to the fact that Barbour has always encouraged dialogue with its customers, ensuring that feedback and thoughts from those who actually wear Barbour coats is used in improving and designing new versions. If you're looking to buy a new coat, remember that a Barbour coat is not just for Christmas.