In 1936, Duncan Barbour, the third generation of the family and a keen motorcyclist, introduced into the range a one-piece wax cotton suit called the Barbour International. Developed specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials (ISDT) event, and hence its name, the Barbour International became so popular that it was worn by virtually every rider on the ISDT circuit from the 1950s to the 1970s, including actor Steve McQueen in 1964.
Today, a separate stand-alone brand, Barbour International celebrates this long and rich motorcycling heritage. Men’s and women’s collections are inspired by the biker look. Styles and designs have been replicated in different contemporary fabrics alongside the original wax cotton introducing a whole new generation to this iconic style.
Barbour International was, and is, the original authentic motorcycle heritage brand. While many brands have aspired to this title, it has never been beaten.