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.
In 2004, Barbour began to work with Lord James Percy, in the design and marketing of its flagship shooting clothing range - the Northumberland range. Technically advanced and highly acclaimed in 2005, the Northumberland Range won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, and more recently, the Linhope 3-in-1 won the Shooting Industry Award for best clothing product, 2008. More recently he was involved, alongside Vice Chairman Helen Barbour, in designing the new Barbour Sporting collection launched for Autumn Winter 2011.
Barbour now has 11 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan.
There are now over 2,000 products across the two seasons and the collections now cater for Men, Ladies and Children. Broadening out from its countrywear roots, today the heritage and lifestyle clothing brand produces clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes trousers, shirts, socks, knitwear and a range of accessories.
Nevertheless, in whichever area the company now operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.
In July 2013, Barbour launched a new jacket, which is almost identical to the Limited Edition X To Ki To, but it's called the Dept. B Commander jacket. In December 2013 the jacket is now called Beacon Sports Jacket, but is the same as the Commander, so different from the original X To Ki To.
The three-pocket waxed Beacon Sports jacket is an iconic blazer-style button through, inspired by the limited edition Barbour Sports Jacket worn by Daniel Craig in the James Bond film, Skyfall in 2012.
Effortlessly stylish and easy to wear, the Beacon Sports Jacket is a mediumweight waxed cotton jacket featuring soft leather-bound cuff edges, shoulder and elbow patches, two zipped rear pockets and a button-up throat flap. Lined with Barbour tartan, this jacket reflects traditional Barbour elements, with classic hip-height bellows pockets and a single chest pocket.
This jacket is surprisingly versatile, and looks great worn as a blazer with the collar folded down and lapels open, or with the collar turned up worn over a fine-knit jumper and scarf for the authentic ‘007’ look.
- 6oz Sylkoil, 100% Waxed Cotton
- 100% cotton Barbour Tartan lining
- 8oz waxed cotton elbow patches
- Three front outer pockets
- Self fabric shoulder patches
- Zipped pockets at rear
- Colours: Olive - MWX0007OL71 and Navy - MWX0007NY92
- Do not wash
- Due to the nature of this wax jacket, the oils within it may transfer onto other materials. We recommend that this jacket is kept away from paler materials, especially in warm conditions