6th January 2020 by Amie Gee
Exclusive Barbour International x Country Attire Collection
For over 80 years, Barbour International
has been paying tribute to the brand’s rich and authentic motorcycling heritage, born out of 3rd generation Duncan Barbour’s love of motorcycling. Specifically engineered for keen riders, the Barbour International brand quickly became the motorcycling uniform of choice.
Playing a key role in the establishment of the Barbour International brand, the legendary A7 - the original Barbour International jacket
remains a much coveted and beloved style for customers to this day.
Barbour International - The birth of an icon
In 1936, Duncan Barbour developed the first A1 one-piece biker suit, crafted in signature dark green wax cotton and created specifically for racers to wear in the International Six Days Trial (ISDT).
In 1939, at the request of celebrated submarine officer Captain George Phillips, the International A1 suit was adapted for military use as a two-piece wax jacket and trouser set. The suit soon became standard issue for Britain's submariners.
As the A1 suit inspired the creation of the jacket worn on HMS Ursula by Captain Philips, the Ursula jacket then went on to inspire the creation of the International A7 jacket
, one of the first ever motorcycle wax jackets. Thanks to the A1 suit and its direct descendant - the A7 jacket and the Barbour International
brand was born.
Due to the popularity of the International jacket on the motorcycling scene, by 1957 it was worn by 97% of riders at the ISDT. In 1964, it was then worn by Steve McQueen and the rest of the US team, who stopped by in London to purchase their jackets on their way to the ISDT in East Germany. To this day, the Barbour International A7 jacket
remains a firm favourite for those who want to emulate this authentic biker style.
Barbour International - Exclusive to Country Attire
To celebrate the iconic International A7 jacket as well as other signature styles from the brand’s history, Country Attire and Barbour International have collaborated on an exclusive jacket collection
that re-introduces many of the brand's most famous jacket styles from the archives.
The new and exclusive Barbour International A10 jacket
offers an authentic take on the original A7 style. With the unrivalled weather protection of the original, the A10 is now available in a vintage-style sandstone wax fabric. Keeping true to the iconic International shape, the A10 retains all of the distinctive original features including the diagonal map chest pocket, belted waist and stand collar. The A10 style is complete with pivot sleeves for flexible movement and the iconic black and yellow Barbour International logo to the chest pocket.
As part of this exclusive collaboration, The classic International A7 has also been re-worked for the Women’s International Wax jacket
, offering a refined and tailored silhouette with all of the authentic styling details of the original.
Exclusive to Country Attire, this limited edition collection of jackets is perfect for any avid fan.