What’s the difference between Barbour and Barbour International?

If you've been searching for high-quality designer outerwear chances are you’ve come across Barbour and Barbour International. These iconic brands have their roots in the British countryside and evoke heritage sophistication with a practical twist. However, while Barbour and Barbour International are part of the same family, they feature some key differences.

Read on to discover how the brands differ and why both offer enduring style and fantastic value.

Barbour: The classic British heritage brand

Barbour started life in South Shields in 1894. Founded by John Barbour, the brand originally focused on supplying sailors, fishermen, and dockers in the local area with oilskin and protective outerwear. Their signature waterproof wax jackets soon became a hit beyond the docks. Made from high-quality materials, these jackets were designed to withstand the elements. So it’s no wonder they became staple garments for anyone involved in country pursuits and outdoor activities.

The Barbour Wax Jacket: An enduring success

In fact, the Barbour wax jacket is still the designer’s best-seller. Over the years, Barbour has released new iterations of the classic wax jacket, with a wide range of styles and cuts now available. From the sleek Crested Ashby Wax Jacket, with its popper fastenings and hint of tartan to the Century Wax Jacket which features stylish buttons, Barbour’s designer menswear collection includes a variety of colours and fits.

But Barbour isn’t just for men! There are plenty of stunning jackets for women, too. Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous shade of olive green, sophisticated navy, or earthy brown, you’re sure to find something to suit. Did you know that the Princess of Wales is fond of her Barbour Defence Wax Jacket?

A variety of Designer Menswear and Womenswear

What’s more, Barbour’s collection has diversified. In addition to iconic outerwear, the brand offers everything from knitwear and shirts to trousers, dresses, and boots — all with a focus on quality and durability. With Barbour fashion, you can expect timeless, classic designs. You'll also benefit from impeccable attention to detail, with many products featuring intricate stitching and embroidery.

Barbour International: The edgier, fashion-forward brand

Now you know a little about Barbour, it’s time to explore Barbour International. Launched in 1936 by Duncan Barbour, grandson of John Barbour, this brand was inspired by motorcycle wear.

Barbour International retains Barbour’s sophisticated aesthetic and down-to-earth colour scheme but brings a more edgy and contemporary aspect to its designer outerwear. These garments are perfect for urban living.

Take a look at the Barbour International Tourer Wax Jacket, for instance. Whilst practical and comfortable, it offers a sleeker cut than the classic Barbour jacket and includes an eye-catching contrast collar. Similarly, the Avalon Quilted Jacket for women blends utility with a modern flair.

Those looking for easy-to-wear dresses, leggings, t-shirts, and more will have plenty to choose from.

Which brand is right for you?

Choosing between Barbour and Barbour International depends on your personal style and preferences. Are you looking for classic British heritage fashion and outdoor wear? Then Barbour is the brand for you.

On the other hand, if you prefer something a little more urban and edgy, try Barbour International. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from mixing and matching, either. Both brands use similar colour palettes and fabrics and can complement one another beautifully.

Designer menswear and womenswear at Robert Goddard

Barbour and Barbour International and tried-and-tested favourites here at Robert Goddard. These classic brands are not only made to the highest standards but they also look great! Whether you’re going for a stroll through town or embarking on a rural adventure, the Barbour family has you covered.

Browse our collection of Barbour and Barbour International products today.