Six of the best Barbour jackets from 125 years of an iconic British company

As Barbour celebrates its 125th anniversary, Flora Watkins picks out six of the finest and most successful jackets that the company has ever made.

When the Scottish draper John Barbour started making and selling his oilskin clothing in South Shields back in 1894, he couldn’t have imagined that a century and a quarter later the Barbour business would be more successful than ever. Yet here we are, and the appeal of ‘the best of British clothing for the worst of British weather’ — as the slogan went back in the 1980s — is undimmed.

Here, we take a look back at six jackets from over the years that have defined Barbour as we’ve come to know and love it.


The Haydon (1911)

The oldest piece in the Barbour archive; versions of this longer jacket appear in the collection today.


The Durham (1969)

Designed by John Barbour, this thin, lightweight jacket in oiled cotton with a hood remains one of the company’s most popular styles.


The Bedale (1980)

Barbour Bedale jacket

A shorter, stylish jacket, designed for riders.


The Beaufort (1982)

Barbour Beaufort jacket

One of Barbour’s most successful jackets, designed for shooting and country wear.


The Border (early 1980s)

Barbour Border jacket

Longer again than the Beaufort; equally at home slung over a suit or striding through undergrowth.


The Liddesdale (1994)

Barbour Liddesdale jacket

Quilted jacket, in a range of colours.


Find out more about Barbour at www.barbour.com/125-years