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.
This season, our Women's collection is a modern mix of sportswear inspired styles that complement Barbour International’s iconic motorcycle heritage, keeping the seasonal collection fresh and relevant.
Known for his creativity and his ability to push boundaries within his career, free-runner and filmmaker, Will Sutton, has been showing us how our iconic #BadgeOfAnOriginal and SS19 Barbour International Sport collection fits into his adventurous lifestyle: https://barbour.in/2MDzOJH
This season, Barbour International is re-imagined in contemporary sportswear fabrications that links our motorcycle-inspired look and our #BadgeOfAnOriginal, which can be seen on the Barbour International Logo Sweatshirt.
Crafted from lightweight wax and complete with the #BadgeOfAnOriginal on the sleeve, the Barbour International Bower Waxed jacket was inspired by the iconic original Barbour International biker jackets.
Will Sutton’s drive to push boundaries within his career is evident in the ground-breaking work he produces. Combining free-running with filmmaking allows Will to creative, adventurous and to be an original within his field.