Barbour waxed jackets

Most Barbour products are not made in England nowadays.

Most Barbour products are not made in England nowadays. Barbour make most of their classic waxed jackets in the UK. Everything else they make abroad nowadays. I checked with Barbour and they confirmed that ONLY their classic waxed cotton garments are manufactured in the UK. Despite them telling me this, it also seems that their hats or at least some of them are made in Scotland because I saw made in Scotland Barbour beanies in Liberty (on 7.11.12). Also, at least some of their scarves are made in Scotland and some of their socks are made in the UK (I saw some made in the UK Barbour cotton coolmax walking socks in John Lewis on 23rd November 2016; the other Barbour socks they were selling were foreign made). Look for the made in England (or made in Scotland) label – if something from Barbour does not have a made in England (or Scotland) label, then it is made abroad.

Remember it is only the classic Barbour waxed jackets that are made in England. Other waxed jackets are made abroad, for example the Millom Waxed Jacket is manufactured within Europe. Barbour tell me that they manufacture the vast majority of their waxed coats within the UK, however it seems that more and more Barbour wax jackets are now foreign made. Basically most the items Barbour sell are now foreign made, which is disappointing because I think most of their customers still assume all Barbour products are made in England which is simply no longer the case. If there is no made in England label on a Barbour waxed jacket, then it is foreign made. That said I could not find a single waxed Labour jacket in John Lewis on 23rd November 2016 that was labelled “Made in England” so I wonder whether Barbour may not be labelling their British made jackets with country of origin anymore (already they do not label their foreign made products with country of origin in an attempt to deceive customers into thinking everything by Barbour is made in England). As of June 2019 it seems Barbour no longer label any of their products with country of origin?

Quoting from the Barbour website (27/11/16) “The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. 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.”

If the bit of Barbour kit you are thinking of getting is not labelled “made in England” (i.e. it is foreign made) there are plenty of great British made alternatives such as Campbell Cooper jackets (note their hats are foreign made), Peregrine, Lavenham JacketsLavenir, John Partridge and many more. Barbour make great kit but they need to go back to clearly labelling country of origin and they need to return more production back to the UK.

Below is the Border Waxed Jacket and some other British made Babours – great bits of kit – made in the UK.

Barbour Border Waxed Jacket. Made in England.

A “vintage” (c.2009) Barbour Border, blue, clearly labelled made in England. Photograph by author 12 July 2019. The seperate hood is also clearly labelled made in England.

A “vintage” (c.2009) Barbour detachable hood in blue, clearly labelled made in England. Photograph by author 12 July 2019.

Vintage Barbour Durham hooded waxed jacket, Made in England. Size 44/XL, olive green.

Vintage Barbour L2272 Flyweight Wax Utility UK size 14, brown, made in England.

Vintage Barbour Liddlesdale padded jacket, blue, made in England. Photograph by author 6 July 2019

Vintage Barbour Liddlesdale padded jacket, blue, made in England. Photograph by author 6 July 2019. Label detail.

15 thoughts on “Barbour waxed jackets

  1. Ben

    Sad to say, Barbour no longer make the Border or Northumbria waxed jackets in the UK. I emailed their customer services and was told that these two jackets are now made in Bulgaria. The Beaufort jacket is still made in the UK, but Barbour seems to be easing itself out of the country.

    1. ukmade Post author

      Thanks for your comment and the info. Barbour make great jackets and are an important English brand. It would be so sad if they continue this seemingly relentless move to production abroad.

  2. ukmade Post author

    I think there is an assumption among consumers that everything Barbour sell is made in England. Not so. Only their classic waxed jackets are made in England (and a few hats and scarves are made in Scotland). Everything else is made abroad. Even some wax jackets are now made abroad. If there is no made in England label on a Barbour, then it is foreign made.

  3. Peter

    But Barbour’s Web site states that the “Barbour Originals capsule” is made in England (Bedale, Beaufort, Border and Beadnell) so is that wrong? My girlfriend bought a Barbour Pennine Quilt jacket today and assumed that it was made in England. There is no information at all on the jacket as to where it was made so therefore it must be made abroad; I think it’s highly misleading for the average shopper. Barbour’s Web site carefully glosses over this by putting “Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside…” so I guess the assumption we have to make is that everything else is made abroad. Very sad.

    1. ukmade Post author

      Couldn’t agree more. Barbour are still making some of their classic wax jackets in the UK, but some wax jackets are now made abroad and most of their other products are made abroad. For example all Barbour quilted jackets are foreign made. The products that are still made in England say made in England on the label. Barbour, as you say, carefully gloss over the fact that most of their products are foreign made. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Graham Smith

    Can anybody tell me where I can buy a Barbour Burghley coat..? I really need a new one. All I see is rubbish on ebay and Amazon.



  5. James Tesseyman

    I bought a Barbour coat assuming it was British in nov 2013. A year later & only worn 10 times it started to transfer colour/dye on to my clothes. I searched through the coat for a label that said where it was made & couldn’t find one. I notice though that the labels ‘By appointment to the royal family etc’ are still in the coat, there is no british label. I returned it to the retailer (John Lewis) and got a full refund. I emailed Barbour with the details and vented my dissatisfaction and have not even had an acknowledgement.
    I bought the coat because of Barbours Reputation as a quality manufacturer, but I truly feel let down since I bought the coat believing it to be Made in England, but it appears to be a sub standard garment made outside of the UK. Buyer beware.
    James Tesseyman, Merseyside.

    1. ukmade Post author

      Thank you for your comment James. My advice to anyone thinking of buying a Barbour is to get one with a “made in England” label in it; otherwise choose a different brand.

  6. jony bicker

    Some barbour ashby jackets were also made in england i dunno if there classed as classic or not… but i was happy to get a made in england one 🙂

    1. ukmade Post author

      I’m not sure what they class as “classic” by the Ashby is classy…Barbour keep though. If it says “made un England” then it is and if if it doesn’t it isn’t!

  7. joan mccartney

    son recently bought a barbour jacket on going to return it. no sewn in labels, not even size; woolen red tartan lining,bright brass zippers with proper markings on them and Barbour popper buttons on pockets make me wonder??? No labels though?? Looks good quality stitching etc good

    1. ukmade Post author

      I guess there are similar to Barbour items on eBay. In my experience there is always a Barbour label on Barbour clothes and a label with the words “Made in England” if made in England and no country of origin information is the product is foreign made (which I always find misleading and disappointing).

  8. wguhq9erewf

    came across a barbour dealer in another country where country of origin must be labelled. Most of their jackets are made in Bulgaria (majority), Moldova and Tunisia. Bedale, Beaufort and Border are still labelled as made in UK – those may be old stocks though.

    1. ukmade Post author

      It would be better if country of origin labelling was a requirement in the UK. I can’t work out if Barbour have closed their UK factory down or not.


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