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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 was, and is, the original authentic motorcycle brand.  While many brands have aspired to this title, it has never been beaten.


  • 1908
  • 1936
  • 1940
  • 1947
  • 1949
  • 1951
  • 1953
  • 1957
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
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  • 2018

1908

Barbour's inaugural catalogue includes an oilskin suit suitable for motorcycling as “they are impregnable by wind or wet.”

1936

Barbour develops the first A1 one-piece bike suit, the International, in a dark green wax.

1940

The A1 suit was adapted for military use. Turned into a two-piece jacket and trousers, it became standard issue for Britain's submariners.

1947

The International was adopted by civvies for biking.

1949

Motorcyclist Olga Kavelos won the first of her two gold medals at the International Six Day Trials (ISDT) in Wales. The only lady ever to win two gold medals in ISDT events (1949 and 1953), Olga competed in every ISDT until 1966 in her Barbour International.

1951

The International jacket gained its distinctive slanted, left breast pocket allowing the wearer easy access to maps or for a trials time card.

1953

The International jacket was adopted as the official 'uniform' for the Vincent Owners Club. Vincent was known as the “Maker of the World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle” and to mark this tie-up between the two businesses, the International was dyed black.

1957

97% of riders at the International Six Day Trials (ISDT) wore Barbour Internationals.

1960

Barbour introduces The Black Streak suit, a new PVC suit for motorcyclists and scooter wear. Comprising of a jacket and trousers, the Barbour Black Streak had a distinctive black and white Northumbrian check lining.

1964

Steve McQueen and the rest of the US team stopped by in London to buy their Barbour Internationals en route to compete in the 1964 ISDT in East Germany.

1978

The Barbour Bomber motorcycle suit was introduced into the range in bright red and blue. Described as “good to look at and extremely comfortable to ride in” they were a popular addition to the range.

1980

The distinctive black and gold Barbour International badge first appeared on the jackets.

2011

Barbour celebrates the 75th anniversary of the iconic International.

International 2013

2013

The first Barbour International standalone store opens on Piccadilly, London, carrying collections for men and women.

2014

Barbour International collaborates on a capsule menswear collection with cult Australian motorcycle brand Deus Ex Machina.

International 2014

International 2015

2015

Barbour collaborates with leading motorcycle brand, Triumph for AW15 in a four season collection.

International 2016

2016

Barbour International collaborates with Triumph to build the first ever customisation of the Triumph Thruxton R bike to show at the Bike Shed in London. It was built by Down and Out Café Racers.

International 2016

2016

The Barbour International Sessions launch, giving emerging musical artists a platform to perform.

2017

Barbour International shows at London Fashion Week Men’s for the first time, highlighting over 80 years of history and the AW17 collections.

International 2017

International 2018

2018

Barbour International launches a standalone website supplying garments for men, women, children and dogs.