The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the world, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.

In 1982, J. Barbour holds royal warrants to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” from Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1974, and Charles, Prince of Wales in 1987.