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Barbour Stockists UK
Jacks 1952 have been official stockists of Barbour in the UK for nearly 20 years. We have extended our range offering as Barbour has grown theirs and we now offer a considerable number of styles in both clothing and footwear.
How to re-wax your Barbour
A Barbour wax coat or jacket is designed for durability for all types of weather, but it will need some regular upkeep to maintain its waterproof qualities. Rewaxing a Barbour jacket is one way to ensure its longevity and we can help you take care of that at Jacks. We would recommend you have your jacket re-waxed about once every 18 months by Barbour. Much like having a suit dry cleaned, it will be done professionally at a modest cost. Simply bring your jacket in to either of our stores when you need Barbour repairs or treatment. Our staff will be happy to help you with the details and will get your jacket sent off to Barbour.
If you would prefer to re-wax your jacket at home please take a look at Barbour’s step by step guide on how to do it:
Step 1: Clean the jacket
Clean the jacket using cold water and a sponge to wipe down the outside of the jacket. Avoid using hot water, any kind of soap and NEVER put the jacket in the washing machine, as this will remove the wax coating permanently and the jacket cannot be re-waxed.
Step 2 : Soften the wax
Take a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof dressing. Remove the lid, stand the tin of dressing in a container of water hot enough to soften the wax. It should take approximately 20 minutes to melt the wax into a liquid consistency.
Step 3 : Wax your jacket
Using an old cloth or sponge, work the melted wax well into the jacket paying particular attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Wipe off any excess wax. You should keep the wax tin in the hot water while working in order to keep the wax softened. If the wax begins to harden top the container with more hot water. Ensure you keep the wax away from the corduroy collar, the inside of the jacket and inside of the pockets.
Step 4 : Dry your jacket
To ensure you get an extra smooth finish on your re-waxing, blow over the jacket with a hair dryer to even the spread of wax. Remember not to do this too closely, as it may heat up the wax too much, causing it to run.
Step 5 : Hang your jacket
Once you've re-waxed the jacket, hang it up. Allow to dry overnight in a warm place away from other garments. Be aware the jacket may lose excess wax for a short while so take care not to get your newly waxed jacket near leather or upholstery.
The Barbour Brand
Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have produced clothes perfectly suited to enjoyment of life beyond the city. It is this commitment to quality and durability that has seen the name Barbour become synonymous with the best of country living.
In 1894 John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Within a few years the firm became the leading supplier of oilskins on the north east coast, not only to seafarers but to others in the surrounding country - farmers, labourers, carters, shepherds - who earned their living outdoors in all weathers. By the beginning of the next century Barbour’s durable Beacon oilskins were well known throughout Britain and beyond.
Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the area, with Barbour’s headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations.
In whichever arena the company operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit, and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.