It’s no secret that Barbour know what they’re doing when it comes to wax jackets and the Barbour International jacket is about just about as much physical proof as you can get. Balancing just the right amount of rugged functionality with looks that remain as stylish as they were all those years ago, it’s no surprise the jacket remains steadfast amongst the South Shields based brand’s ranks. So in a bid to acquaint the unacquainted and to give us another excuse to talk about proper good jackets, here is a full rundown on what makes the International so special.
When Was The Barbour International Jacket First Made?
Originally known as the A7 Jacket, the first International jacket was made in 1936 by motorcycle enthusiast Duncan Barbour as a one piece wax cotton suit designed specifically for riders taking part in the Six Days Trails Event. Becoming the garment of choice for a number of International teams right up until the brand’s departure from the motorcycling world in 1977, it formed the base for what would not only become the Barbour International line, but the more lifestyle appropriate outerwear piece we now know and love today.
What Is It Made From?
Dating all the way back to 1894, The International Jacket comes made from Barbour’s sylkoil waxed cotton. Considered by many as the more traditional method when compared the the more modern waxed finish, sylkoil is a ‘unshorn’ wax which is applied to the fabric straight from loom after dyeing. Characterised by its matte finish, softer texture and slightly more hardwearing properties, the treatment is odourless, less maintenance and ages over time for increased flexibility when worn and that quintessential heritage look. Teamed up with a a comfortable cotton lining decked out in the brand’s unmistakable tartan print and it’s easy to see why the International Jacket is considered a piece of menswear history.
However there are variations of the jacket which come made using different wax techniques such as the Barbour International Union Jack jacket (seen below). Not only does this iteration swap out the interior tartan lining for something a little more patriotic but it boasts additional patches to the chest for further branded appeal. Coated with a Thornproof treatment, the fabric is passed through heated rollers which results in a shinier appearance, stiffer feel and deeper colour.
How does the International fit?
The original International jacket was more of a regular fit however for this iteration the jacket has been slightly modernised. By slightly slimming down the shape and cut of the garment it enhances that classic, cinched at the waist look leading to a more refined silhouette overall. We would recommend taking your usual size, but if you’re still unsure this video may help…
Is The Barbour International Waterproof?
Not only is the Barbour International jacket waterproof, but it also breathable, durable and wind resistant. Of course waxed jackets do naturally require some upkeep in order to retain their protective qualities, if you’re looking for more information on this side of things you can find out more in our how to re-wax your Barbour jacket guide.
What Are The Key Features?
Merging contemporary updates with practical features designed for the world of motorcycles, the International comes packed to the seams with clever detailing that’s geared toward everyday wear. Equipped with a two-way zip and press stud secured storm flap for extra shielding from the elements, the jacket boasts an archive inspired funnel collar with neck clasp. Lined with corduroy to prevent any abrasion on the skin, an adjustable belt to the waist allows for further customisation of its already updated slim contemporary cut.
Bulked out with two-tone branded metal hardware and hits of the Barbour International’s signature black and yellow colour scheme throughout, the jacket provides ample storage capabilities to keep personal possessions secured. Situating a selection of flap bellow pockets to its outer face including two at hip level a further two pockets can be found to the chest one of which being the original angled, ‘map pocket’ which was created to offer easy access when riding. To the interior a subtle drop pocket stitched into the lining offers a more secure place for important goods.
Finished with adjustable cuffs to alter the jacket to your desired fit, a large ‘Barbour International’ patch to the front signifies its position in the various Barbour families whilst a more subtle logo tab can be found adjacent for a true mark of quality.
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