Wednesday 28th June 2017,
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The story behind the Barbour International

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THE BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL

If you’re looking for a jacket with a story, you can’t do much better than the Barbour International. Having been tweaked and refined by everyone from motorcyclists, to submariners, the International is now the perfect marriage of style and practicality.

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Picture: Barbour

The jacket we see today, with its iconic slanted breast pocket, was developed from the original International one-piece wax cotton suit, which was produced for the gruelling 1936 International Six Day Trials event.

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Picture: Barbour

Designed by Duncan Barbour – of J Barbour & Sons fame, obvs – a keen motorcyclist himself, the suit became so popular it was worn by over half of all the riders in the 1954 ISDT event and in 1964 by the legendary stunt rider, Bud Ekins. Oh, and Ekins actor pal, Steve McQueen.

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Picture: Barbour

The original International jacket with its distinctive chest pockets (originally designed to hold maps) remains in manufacture today, produced to a near identical specification.

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Picture: Barbour

This piece, exclusive to ASOS, takes note from this heritage, with its clean, functional design carrying strong echoes of the original Barbour International Jacket. Belted like the original motorcycle suits from back in the day, and carrying a subtle version of the iconic Barbour International badge, it’s a tough, timeless style, that’s been tested in the field.

MENS STYLE NEWS  JOSH WOODFIN

 


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