In 1936, John Barbour’s grandson, Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist, introduced a one piece wax cotton suit called the Barbour International. Developed specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) event, and hence its name, the Barbour International became so popular that it was worn by almost every British team right up until 1977.
In 1964, the International was worn exclusively by the American ISDT team, which included actor and icon Steve McQueen.
Today, Barbour International celebrates this long and rich motorcycling heritage. The International jacket with its distinctive diagonal chest pocket originally designed to hold a map, remains in manufacture and has been picked up by classic bike aficionados and fashionistas alike.
Men’s and women’s collections are inspired by the biker look. Styles and designs have been replicated in different contemporary fabrics alongside the original wax cotton introducing a whole new generation to this iconic style.
We're excited to announce the opening of our new, standalone Barbour International store in Meadowhall! Our new store is the home to the first standalone Barbour International store to open outside of London.
The Barbour International Morzine Dress from the AW19 Women's Collection Preview has been inspired by our rich motorcycle heritage and is detailed with biker-inspired studs and a metallic graphic print to enhance its sports-luxe look: https://barbour.in/2GTQSbH#BadgeOfAnOriginal
The AW19 Women's Barbour International Collection Preview features a sport-luxe aesthetic, which highlights re-imagined seasonal essentials and are a stylish take on Barbour International's motorcycle heritage since 1936.