Barbour all started in 1894 by John Barbour who made waxed jackets for fisherman who worked on the cold coast of England. Since then, Barbour has remained a family company manufacturing their classic waxed jackets by hand in southern England.
Over time, Barbour’s presence has spread worldwide, from the WASPs of New England to the streetwear followers of Japan. Unfortunately, Canada has yet to pick up the Barbour brand. Let’s explore why Barbour’s most popular jacket, the Beaufort, ought to occupy a hanger in every Canadian’s closet.
For any university student starting to build their own wardrobe, the Beaufort can be a piece that can grow and age with them. It is a practical investment that students can wear year-round: going to class during an early spring rainfall, or while going to get groceries on a brisk fall evening.
There are two main reasons why the Beaufort Jacket should be attractive to any buyer: versatility and durability. The Beaufort lends itself to be used on nearly any occasion. Its traditional, relaxed cut allows you to wear it over a thick sweater during bitter cold months or over a full suit for more formal occasions.
The waxed cotton Beaufort jacket is waterproof on the outer shell, and insulated with a tartan lining. Additionally, the Beaufort made with lined hand pockets and a large zippered back pocket. These features are as functionally aesthetic as they are durable. Barbour even offers to complete any repairs on your jacket with its lifetime warranty. Regardless, you can rest assured knowing that Barbour quality is second to none.
Wearing a Barbour Beaufort jacket, even once, will teach you why its popularity and reputation has stood the test of time.