75 years of Barbour International celebrated by the 70s

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Originally released in 1936 and worn variously since by everyone from Royal Navy submariners to Steve McQueen to the Vincent Owners Club (their official uniform in 1953) to trials riders to me, 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the Barbour International Jacket. To mark the occasion, Barbour’s releasing a range of retro, distressed and, well, camp special editions. But, free from faux weathering and distressed Union Jacks, it’s these nylon Brights that really stand out. Adapting the material and colors from the company’s one-piece ‘70s Barbour Bomber bike suits to the style of the International creates a jacket that’s practical, striking and affordable — around $300. Just don’t plan on crashing in one.


  • Ben

    Really wish they would make an armored version of the International Jacket. I’d buy that in a second.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      You and I think alike. That’s actually part of a little project we’re working on, stay tuned.

      • andy727

        Awesome, I’m tuned in.

      • Ben


      • Peter

        I like it. If it was armored, I’d add it to my jacket collection. Make it happen Wes.

      • JonB

        Way tuned.

    • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

      I wrote to them 2 years ago requesting such a jacket, or that they might consider putting pockets to insert armour.

      No reply. :/

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        That’s a shame, I think there’s a real place for such a product.

        • dan

          I’ve adapted other non-armour jackets, like a new River Road I bought, with removable d3o armor like that that comes in my First Gear Ranier jacket. Velcro, the wonder material.

  • Charlie

    Wes, how close is the armored jacket to reality? Would definitely buy one. Do you know where I could buy this jacket in the US? Looks like UK only on the link. Thx

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, ours is a little creative project that’s going to demonstrate how stuff that looks good can actually protect you. It’s not commercial…yet.

      • Charlie

        Thx…trying to track down one of these great jackets

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Wait, which jacket are you looking for? Plenty of US Barbour retailers.

          • Charlie

            Thanks, I was looking for the new international jacket you profiled – found the store in NY that can help. $299. Reasonable, but without protection not a great commuter jacket. Great riding weather today

  • T Diver

    This feature left a bad taste in my brain. This is a streach for motorcycle gear. You should do more features on up and coming companies who actually make motorcycle gear (if there are any left). Hell, you probably knew this was a weak feature when you posted it. What, did they give you a free jacket? This is like a fashion week feature in Elle.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I think we cover real riding gear plenty. And I paid for my International.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      You can get stylish, legit riding gear at a discount right now through the lagniappe with Urban Rider.

      This is moto style more then moto use, but that’s due in part to the fact that this stuff was supposedly ‘protective’ back in the day. I wear ‘motorcycle’ jackets off the bike that have no armor because I think they look cool, so IMO there’s room for that type of info in this space.

  • Taco

    This is a good looking jacket. It looks like something a European Jack Bauer would wear. It’s got big pockets for guns, ammo and what not.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Ha, that’s a little more badass than they struck me.

      All I can see is British LL Bean.


    an alternative to the Belstaff or Barbour is the Aerostich Falstaff Jacket, which looks similar and has armor.

    • Sean Smith

      And the classic Aerostich 3M scotchlite reflective strip on the front pocket and across the back, and their always flattering cuts. Aerostich makes probably the most functional riding suits that mere mortals can afford, but stylish it’s not. It just seems silly that they, makers of ruthlessly functional riding gear, are also trying to sell a jacket whose main feature is style.

      • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

        I have the utmost respect for Aerostitch, we’ve had so many customers swear by their products although I’ve never owned one.

        But you are right, the market expectations have shifted seismically in the last 3-4 years. People in London expect their gear to be just as stylish as the high street or high fashion.

        The budget end of the market still seem to have low expectations and then there are always people who wouldn’t know style if it slapped them in the face but you only have to look at the likes of Alpine Stars who are developing ‘urban’ collections alongside their race pedigree.

        I think it’s a great thing, gear becoming more stylish and cool because it makes the idea of riding less alien/intimidating to new riders. Kinda like riding isn’t just for if you want to go to tracks etc.. but is a part of everyday city life.