A Brief History of Barbour

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Have you ever wondered how how it all began? Vintage Barbour is a must have nowadays – we all need it in our wardrobes and we all need it when we are off to the festivals. It always looks good on you, no matter if fitted or oversized, no matter if worn or very worn, no matter if ripped or dirty. In fact, the more knackered it is – the better your indie style looks like. At Harper & Lewis there is always a great selection of vintage Barbour coats for you to go through – on H&L Vintage Asos Marketplace Boutique so as in the actual shops which are based in the City Center of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. Let’s briefly present the Barbour story though – we’re going to put it in photos.

Why ‘BARBOUR’? – because of the founder, John Barbour, obviously.

The story of Barbour began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields.

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1894 – The founder John Barbour opens J Barbour & Sons in 5 Market Place, South Shields

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1908 – John Barbour’s son, Malcolm, produces the first mail order catalogue. By 1917 the catalogue accounts for almost 75% of Barbour’s business including international orders from as far away as Chile, South Africa and Hong Kong

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1912 – J Barbour & Sons becomes J Barbour & Sons Ltd with John Barbour as Chairman and his sons Jack and Malcolm as joint Managing Directors

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1918 -John Barbour dies on 7 July 1918 and is succeeded by Jack Barbour

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1928 – Duncan Barbour, Malcolm’s only son joins the business

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1934 – Duncan Barbour, a keen motorcyclist, introduces a motorcycling range that quickly takes off

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Virtually every British International team wears Barbour suits from 1936 to the year that Barbour pulls out of the motorcycle clothing market in 1977

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1939 – They develop the Ursula suit, which becomes standard issue for members of the Submarine Service

The Ursula suit was named after the U-class submarine, Ursula whose commander Captain George Philips was instrumental in having the suits produced

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1957 – 97% of all competitors who take part in the Scottish 6 Day Event ride in Barbour International Oiled Cotton suits

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Barbour moves to the Simonside Trading Estate on the outskirts of South Shields and builds a manufacturing plant. After 63 years of being a retailer, Barbour became manufacturers and marketers

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Duncan Barbour dies age 48 and Malcolm Barbour again takes charge of the business with Nancy and her son John Barbour, age 19

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1964 – Malcolm Barbour dies age 83 and Nancy Barbour takes the role of Chairman with John as Managing Director

1968 – John Barbour dies suddenly leaving behind his young widow Margaret and their two-year-old daughter Helen

Margaret Barbour is made a member of the Board of Directors

1972 – Margaret Barbour is appointed Chairman

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1974 – Barbour receives the first Royal warrant from the Duke of Edinburgh

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1980 – The first lightweight thornproof short riding jacket – the Bedale – is designed

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The distinctive black and gold Barbour International badge is first seen on the famous motorcycling jacket of the same name

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1981 – Barbour moves into a new factory in Simonside

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The company remains at Simonside to the present day

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1982 – Barbour receives the second Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen

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1983 – The Beaufort jacket designed by Margaret Barbour is featured in the catalogue for the first time

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1987 – Barbour receives the third Royal Warrant by HRH the Prince of Wales and opens an office in New Hampshire, Barbour Inc, in March

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1988 – The subsidiary Barbour (Europe) Ltd. is founded in Germany. Today, the company is located in Düsseldorf

The Barbour Trust is set up to support local and national projects and community issues. Margaret Barbour donates 20% of her shares in the company to The Barbour Trust

1989 – Barbour opens an office in Paris, Barbour France in October

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1991 – In June, Margaret Barbour is honoured with the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to industry

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1992 – Barbour wins a Queens Award for Export Achievement in 1992, 1994 & 1995

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1994 – J Barbour & Sons Ltd celebrates its centenary

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1995 – Margaret Barbour is made President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association

1997 – Helen Barbour is made Vice Chairman

2001 – Margaret Barbour is appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List

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2005 – Barbour wins the Best Shooting Clothing Product at the IPC Shooting Awards for the Northumberland range designed by Lord James Percy

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2007 – Barbour is the jacket of choice at the Glastonbury Festival with acts and celebrities such as the Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Peaches Geldof and Rufus Wainwright all wearing the brand

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2008 – Barbour wins Best Shooting Clothing Product at the IPC Shooting Industry Awards for the Linhope Endurance 3 in 1 jacket designed by Lord James Percy

Barbour is awarded a special commendation at the Sunday Times PricewaterhouseCoopers Profit Track 100 Awards

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2011 – Barbour celebrates the 75th anniversary of its iconic International motorcycle clothing

“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 globe, 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 2004, Barbour began to work with Lord James Percy, in the design and marketing of its flagship shooting clothing range – the Northumberland range. Technically advanced and highly acclaimed in 2005, the Northumberland Range won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, and more recently, the Linhope 3-in-1 won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, 2008. More recently he was involved, alongside Vice Chairman Helen Barbour, in designing the new Barbour Sporting collection launched for Autumn Winter 2011.

Barbour now has 11 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan.

There are now over 2,000 products across the two seasons and the collections now cater for Men, Ladies and Children. Broadening out from its countrywear roots, today the heritage and lifestyle clothing brand produces clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes trousers, shirts, socks, knitwear and a range of accessories.

Nevertheless, in whichever area the company now operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.”

Source: http://www.barbour.com/

Hope you enjoyed the Barbour history. Time to do some shopping now! Lots of love, H&L Vintage, xx 

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S/S 2014 Vintage Inspired Trends

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Coming back to London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week we would like to make a quick review of what to wear this Spring and later in the Summer as the snow must have melted for good now! Even though there was none this Winter in Great Britain, we are pretty sure all of us felt as freezing as it was an ice age in here anyway! Ok now, we think it is this time of a year finally when you can leave your house in the morning, wearing something light without any hypothermic side effects. Coming to the point – short descriptions and photos. May all of these inspire you to find similar pre-loved pieces at our Asos Marketplace Boutique under the name of Harper & Lewis Vintage. Yes we know, long time no see…Hence, feeling even more excited as always we would like to wish you Happy Shopping! xx

Main slogans this Spring & Summer

Ornate Linear / Blue & White / Graphic Pop / Ghoslty Florals / Tropical Utopia / Scientific Nature / Future Nouveau / Acid Stripe / Structured Geometry / Architectural Lines / Infinity Drawings / Ombre Stripes / Orchid Lace Patterns / Abstract Overlays / Exotic and Exuberant Florals / Bejewelled Photomontages / Statement Prints / Animal Idols / Vivid Brashness / Leopard and Zebra Prints / Peacock Feathers and Parrot Plumage / Ballet Russes Inspired / Picasso Style Paintings / Jigsaw Puzzle Colour Blocking / Graphic and Type Abstracts /Primary Colour and Pastel Use / Goth Inspired Prints / Faded Film Stills / Signature Lip Motifs / Sepia Tones and Coloured Hues / Scattered Layout / Floral Clusters / Fine Art Painterly Prints / Romantic Distressed Blooms / Worn-out Textured Looks / Oil Paint Palettes

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Picasso Paintings Inspired Patterns. Have you seen PRADA’s collection yet? Absolutely mind blowing.

Main colours this Spring & Summer

1 Dazzling Blue / 2 Violet Tulip / 3 Radiant Orchid / 4 Celosia Orange / 5 Freesia / 6 Cayenne / 7 Placid Blue / 8 Paloma / 9 Sand / 10 Hemlock

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Quick Look Back at the Cat Walks 

Ego-Boosting Louis Vuitton. Our favourite one of all times.

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How to Wear: Just Rock’n’Roll it ..

Future Florals House of Holland

Floral prints also seen at: Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders, Stella McCartney, Erdem

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Floral prints, 3D blooms and pretty applique botanicals brought lawn borders to the catwalk this season. While some designers went classic with bold prints, others riffed on the theme. Mary Katrantzou’s jewel encrusted 3D posies and Christopher Kane’s phytotomy were a case in point.

How to wear: Team your neon florals and botanical blooms with edgy attitude and offbeat accessories, like metallic glam rock accessories, sky high sandals or chilled-out trainers. The two tribes within this trend are polar extremes – it’s either the lady-like treatment or sassy urbanite styling.

Flowers

 

Pink Ladies by Burberry Prorosum

Also seen at: Prada, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Giles, Antonio Berardi

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How to wear: Fashion’s fickle eye hasn’t quite moved on from pink. There’s still plenty of style mileage left in the hue that makes boys wink. Best worn as one hero-piece, such as a coat or jacket, or be shameless and wear pink head-to-toe. You go, girls!

Pleats Please Celine

As seen at: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Gucci

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Schoolgirl pleats were given a luxe upgrade at LFW with foiled finishes, ombre’d effects and premium fabrics making the look completely grown up.

How to wear: Go for tight pleats on dresses, skirts and accessories. The broader pleat is a thing of the past… Well, for now.

 

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Matchy (Mis-)Matchy: Alexander McQueen

Shredded Denim

Frayed denim offered a hip update on jeans for Spring. Dresses, tops and skirts looked nonchalent and brought a hint of the street to the runways. The look also offered London’s cool girls a new season wardrobe for Spring.

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Left to Right: Marques Almeida, Marios Schwab, Ashish

 

Pastels

Pretty pastels were pumped up this season with a striking palette of germolene, spearmint and Parma-violet. Head to toe and tonal combinations are the only way to go.

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From left to right: Burberry, Giles, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Sister by Sibling, Emilia Wickstead

 The Mullet Dress

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From left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Antonio Berardi, Erdem, PPQ, Alice Temperley, Antonio Berardi

All party at the front and business at the back, the lop-sided mullet dress has long been a favourite with Hollywood starlets looking to create drama on the red carpet. Antonio Berardi’s mis-matched skirt hems paired with sweaters show that the style is not just for blow out nights – it can also work for a modern take on cocktail dressing.

Hope you feel inspired to get some wicked vintage pieces of Harper & Lewis now – Spring is just by the cornet – GET READY

Happy Shopping, xx

 

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