Founded in the north-eastern town of South Shields, England, Barbour started out as an importer of oil cloth under the name J. Barbour and Sons Ltd, but soon became famous for its waxed cotton jackets, which proved popular among those living and working in the challenging weather of the British countryside. There's no shortage of high-profile fans of the brand, and it now holds Royal Warrants to supply waterproof and protective clothing from Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales. It was also a firm favorite of Steve McQueen, who wore it during his motorbike races, as well as Daniel Craig, who donned a Barbour jacket in Skyfall.

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