Almost every single member of the Royal Family has been spotted wearing the iconic waxed Barbour jacket at some point over the years, so much so that the style essential has become synonymous with not only the late Queen Elizabeth II, but also Kate, Camilla, and even King Charles and Prince William, too.
Dating back to 1894 the clothing brand received not one but three royal warrants since its launch. The first, from Prince Philip in 1974, then Queen Elizabeth II’s in 1982, followed by King Charles’ in 1987. After the death of Prince Philip in 2021, his warrant was removed from newly created jackets, and Queen Elizabeth II’s will be removed following her death earlier this year. Any jackets made over the next few months and into the future will just feature King Charles’ warrant, with his logo sitting just above the Barbour logo inside each jacket (making previous iterations all that more special and rare).
Known for their durability, waxed-cotton fabric, and trademark forest green shade (although there are a plethora of other colors to choose from) Barbour quickly became known as one of the best winter coats, as well as being well-respected in royal circles and the A-list set. Non-royal fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Brad Pitt, and Michelle Obama.
Barbour rarely offers discounts on their iconic waxed jackets as the demand for the country classic is consistently high throughout the year, but there are some good discounts to be had now, with up to 40% off selected styles, including 45 royal-approved wax jacket styles.
This Beadnell version, available in five shades, from trademark sage to a more contemporary navy colorway, has £33 off and all sizes are currently in stock.
While the Avon style below is a more modern version of the Spey fishing jacket. Its cropped fit and boxy silhouette mean it looks as good in the city as it does in the countryside - just team with cigarette pants, loafers, and an oversized, cozy knit.
The very first Barbour jacket was made in 1894 in South Shields, a coastal town in the north of England. Since then the brand has become a global phenomenon down to the timeless style of the classic designs. In recent years Barbor has also had collaborations with fashion houses, celebrities, and designers alike, the latest with Danish contemporary ready-to-wear fashion brand, Ganni (opens in new tab).
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