In 1936, founder John Barbour's grandson, Duncan Barbour, 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 almost every British team right up until 1977. In 1964, actor Steve McQueen famously wore his Barbour International suit as a member of the US IDST team.
Today Barbour International is a stand alone brand. Men's and women's collections of jackets, tees, shirts, dresses, accessories and footwear are inspired by this authentic 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.