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National Day of the Seafarer


Today is National Day of the Seafarer; organised by the International Maritime Organisation, the online campaign aims to showcase the multi-faceted maritime industry to millions of people across the world and pay tribute to all of the hardworking seafarers, who often spend months at a time out at sea. Seafarers play a vital role, in particular for the UK as they transport goods and commodities around the world; an indispensable service which is vital to our everyday lives, businesses and the economy.

Barbour holds strong links to the maritime industry dating back over 120 years. The coastal town of South Shields was initially founded as a fishing port and would welcome a host of sailors, mariners and fishermen into its’ harbour. The now eponymous John Barbour established his business in the seaside town, and seeing a gap in the market began selling protective oilskins and outerwear to the maritime workers and local community. From this, an iconic British lifestyle brand was born; without seafarers and the maritime industry Barbour would not have become the brand it is today and for that we are truly thankful!

Barbour has now come full circle and earlier this season released a capsule collection inspired by its’ vast maritime heritage and strong links to the South Shields harbour; aptly named the Barbour Seafarer Collection. The Seafarer capsule range is a collection of light, airy mid-layers and waterproof jackets that make up the perfect transitional wardrobe for the summer months. Effortlessly stylish, the Seafarer range boasts a bright primary colour palette that adds an instant boost to your outfit, with design features such as the exclusive nautical Beacon Stripe print, fun anchor graphics and the iconic emblem of the Barbour Beacon to look out for. As always, functionality is at the heart of the Barbour Seafarer collection; taking inspiration from some of their very first oilskins for the collection’s design features, the lightweight jackets also feature signature wax finishes to ensure you stay dry, yet comfortably cool whatever the weather has to offer this summer.


Taking a closer look at the stand out pieces from the Barbour Seafarer collection, the Clovely Dress is the ultimate nautical piece with a bold navy and white stripe design. Made from fine jersey material, this simply stylish dress will help to keep you comfortable all summer long.  Perfect for sunny days, the Clovely dress can be easy styled with a lightweight denim jacket and some pumps for a laid-back casual look. Another Seafarer statement piece is the Teesport Top featuring the exclusive Beacon Stripe print in a vibrant chilli red and the iconic Beacon emblem on the sleeve. You can pair this versatile t-shirt with some skinny jeans, lightweight navy blazer and some stylish boat shoes for a truly nautical finish - for slightly cooler days, the long sleeved Staithes Top in navy stripe will be a welcome alternative to the Teesport.

The Godrevy Wax Jacket is the ideal lightweight layer when the summer weather decides to take a turn for the worse. Available in classic navy as well as buckthorn brown, the Godrevy jacket also features a contrasting navy stripe lining with an eye-catching Barbour Beacon graphic print. The jacket’s waxed cotton outer and detachable hood will also keep you nice and dry from any unexpected showers. Another stand out jersey piece is the Maryport Tee, which features a striking anchor and Barbour Beacon graphic to the front and will look perfect styled with some casual denim shorts and sneakers.  One of the more subtle pieces of the Seafarer collection is the Utility Jacket, which is available in 3 of Barbour’s more classic colourways. The Utility Jacket is a popular design that features a traditional tartan lining, a ‘Stormfly’ stud close front and a cosy moleskin lined collar. Shaped to fit your natural silhouette with adjustable back tabs and made from Barbour’s signature Sylkoil waxed cotton, this Utility jacket is made for the outdoors and acts as a great everyday jacket that can be worn season after season.