Barbour Wax Jackets

The iconic Barbour wax jacket is the height of sophisticated style. The history of the jacket can be traced back to the late 19th century when Barbour began making oilskin jackets for seamen. Designed to give sailors unbeatable protection from the elements, these hard-wearing, waterproof jackets were eventually picked up by the military. Soon, they became standard-issue uniform across navy submarines, and the Barbour brand was catapulted into fame.

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In 1936, keen motorcyclist Duncan Barbour created a one-piece wax cotton suit called the Barbour International. Developed for the ’36 International Six Day Trials, the suit was worn by practically every rider until the 1970s. This led to a range of Barbour International wax jackets, inspired by the biker look. Now, Barbour International is a separate brand, celebrating authentic motorcycle style.

While Barbour International was finding its feet as a biker business, the original Barbour brand was becoming a household name. In 1974, Barbour received a Royal Warrant for Waterproof and Protective Clothing from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, cementing its status as the ultimate outdoor clothing provider.

As the years have gone by, the classic wax jacket remains one of Barbour’s most popular and coveted products. Loved by outdoor workers, navy officers and fashion lovers alike, this versatile jacket has been seen everywhere from farms and fields to film sets and catwalks.

After over 100 years of quality, the wax jacket still gives you incredible defence against harsh conditions. Here at John Norris, we have a wide range of Barbour wax jackets to choose from, including a range of styles for men and women. Perfect to take you from a day in the fields to a night on the town. Read less

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