J. Barbour and Sons
|This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject, preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. (August 2013)|
|Industry||Retail, Clothing Manufacturing|
|Founded||South Shields, England (1894 )|
|Headquarters||Simonside, South Shields, United Kingdom|
|Number of locations||30+ retail stores|
J. Barbour & Sons Ltd. is an English luxury fashion house founded by John Barbour in 1894, that designs, manufactures and markets weatherproof, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, accessories and jewelry for men, women and children under the Barbour brand. Founded in South Shields, England, as an importer of oil cloth, J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. has become well known for its waxed cotton outdoor jackets. The company's waxed-cotton jackets are so well known that some people refer to any waxed-cotton jacket as a "Barbour jacket," irrespective of manufacturer.
The headquarters for J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. at the time of its foundation was located at 5 Market Place, South Shields. The company moved the headquarters to Wimbledon in 1916, then to Simonside, South Shields, in 1981.
The wax-cotton jackets are manufactured in Simonside, South Shields; most of the other products are manufactured outside the United Kingdom.
In addition to its waxed and quilted jackets, J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. offers sweaters, moleskin clothing, corduroy clothing, and tattersall shirts. Barbour has also entered the "waterproof-breathable" market with own type waterproof liners, cordura external fabric and polar fleece sweaters. Some Barbour products 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 of products to appeal to a younger clientele while maintaining the traditional countryside range.
Some customers 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. J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. processes a total of over 100,000 jackets annually at the Simonside, South Shields and other facilities.
J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. holds royal warrants to supply "waterproof and protective clothing" that were received from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1982, and HRH The Prince of Wales in 1987.
J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. promotes the Barbour brand by associating itself with people and organizations that represent a lifestyle appealing to Barbour's target customers. Since 2004, Lord James Percy has been a brand ambassador involved in the design and marketing of the company's shooting clothing. The Household Cavalry Polo Team and the E. J. Churchill Shooting range are Barbours' other brand ambassadors.
Global Points of Sale
Aside from offering merchandise within Barbour retail stores, Barbour wholesales traditional Classic styles as well as the upmarket Beacon Heritage collection to many upscale department and specialty stores worldwide. As of Q3 2013, these retailers include Harrods, The Highlands Store, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in the United Kingdom as well as Lord & Taylor, Barneys, Bloomingdales and Saks in the United States. There are other points of sale globally; especially in Asia and Canada. Barbour has a retail and wholesale presence in over forty countries on six continents.
- Ellwood, Iain (2002). The essential brand book: over 100 techniques to increase brand value. p. 175. "Customers ask for a Barbour weatherproof jacket, even though they may actually buy an alternative brand."
- "A History of J Barbour & Sons Ltd". J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. Retrieved 2012-11-03.