Five Generations of Barbour

We celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2019, a significant milestone in the company’s history. Still family owned (5th generation), this year is a celebration of the Barbour family who since 1894 have nurtured, guided and led the company from its small beginnings in 1894 supplying mariners with oilskins in South Shields in the North East of England, to the global lifestyle brand it is today.

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First Generation: John Barbour

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Second Generation: Malcolm Barbour

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Third Generation: Duncan Barbour

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Fourth Generation: John Barbour and Dame Margaret Barbour

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Fifth Generation: Dame Margaret Barbour and Helen Barbour

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Icons Reengineered

A collection of jackets reinterpreted for today from our rich archive, to celebrate our 125th anniversary.

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Barbour Life

Celebrating our customers who live a Barbour way of life through the stories they have shared to celebrate 125 years of Barbour.

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Our History

Follow 125 years of Barbour history from 1894 to 2019.

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The Directors' Jacket

Learn more about the jacket designed by acclaimed director Sir Ridley Scott, celebrating 125 year of Barbour and the link between Barbour and Sir Ridley Scott.



Send us your Barbour story

To celebrate this special anniversary, we are asking for customers to share their Barbour stories.

We love learning how our products become part of your lives and special moments.

Tell us your Barbour stories for a chance to be features in our 125 celebrations and as a thank you we will send you one of our limited edition #Barbour125Years pin badges.

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