What can we say about this iconic clothing brand that hasn't already been said? Not much, is the honest answer. Founded in 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have been a staple of South Shields and ran by the Barbour family to this day. Their heritage as a true British icon is cemented by three royal warrants and their renowned craftsmanship. Barbour consistently produce high quality clothing and footwear that looks great and that in some cases, their waxed jackets for example, can last a lifetime.