Quintessentially British fashion brand Barbour is now 120 years old. Founded by John Barbour in South Shields port in 1894 when there was a need for durable waterproof clothing. John Barbour introduced oilcloth for improved jacket comfort, while remaining water repellent. Barbour jackets are famous for their quality design and functionality, a wax or quilted jacket is so associated with British classic country style. From 1918 to the present day, Barbour has become increasingly popular as a clothing company. Recently the Barbour brand has diversified into clothing and accessories, such as men's Barbour t-shirts, womenswear such as Barbour knitwear alongside ever popular parkas and Barbour scarves. Renowned for simple, stylish, contemporary designs, Barbour is an inspiring, lifestyle brand, that received three Royal Warrants for Waterproof and Protective clothing, the first from His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1974. Barbour International, recognizable by its signature black and white styling, is synonymous with the British brand. The Union Jack lining featured in the waxed Barbour jackets represents heritage of the British label. 2011 saw the launch of the Barbour International Steve McQueen collection, Repertoire have available here in jackets and t-shirts, alongside the Dept. B collection of jackets and knitwear. Women's Barbour Black Streak collection features signature Northumberland Check throughout the range, reusing the original print in fresh houndstooth pattern. Re-workings of old classics are consistent in the Barbour Heritage collection and 1936 Barbour International motorcycle jacket, for a new generation wanting to a wear a piece of Barbour heritage.