Welcome to womenstheaterworkshop.com!

120 years ago, Barbour was founded in the port of South Shields by John Barbour, a Scotsman who saw a need for waterproof, reliable, hardwearing outerwear amongst working communities of the North East. Previously, fishermen had used stiff, badly wearing jackets coated with tar and fish oils. The introduction of oilcloth meant a softer, more comfortable jacket with the same water repellency and added longevity.


When the founder John Barbour died in July 1918, the company was then passed on to his son, Jack Barbour. In 24 years, John's company, Barbour, had grown from just an idea to a fully-functioning and popular clothing company.

Jack Barbour resigned in 1927 and his brother Malcolm took the lead. Malcolm was the first of the Barbour family to produce the now famous catalogues, taking great care to design and distribute them to customers around the world. It was his idea to broaden the reach of Barbour, with original catalogues advertising long coats, boots and safari gear as well as the traditional workwear. The front covers of the catalogues are now iconic, and still inspire collections, cuts and designs today.

Barbour moved into the Simonside Trading Estate on the outskirts of South Shields and built a manufacturing plant in 1957. After 63 years of being a retailer, Barbour became manufacturers and marketers. The North East - with its close proximity to the sea, the countryside, Scotland and the rest of England - is Barbour's home. It's what inspired the first oilcloth jackets and it's where our functional, positive spirit comes from. It's where our HQ and Factory still reside today and where many of our classic wax jacket styles are still made by hand.

In 1980, the now iconic black and yellow badge was first introduced to Barbour International jackets. The black and yellow badge took inspiration from the 1953 Vincent Owners Club partnership, with Barbour outfitting the owners of the 'World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle'. The International jacket was dyed black and together with the traditional brass press studs, mirrored the black and gold colour scheme of the bikes. 

The stars of music, fashion and motorcycling history descended on Piccadilly in London late in 2013 for the grand opening of the first dedicated Barbour International store. Complete with whisky tasting, music from The Vaccines' Freddie Cowan and guest appearances from British motorcycling legends Johnnie Brittain and Johnny Giles. 

Barbour's South Shields home in the North East of England is something we're very proud of. It's nearby where it all started at 5 Market Place with John Barbour in 1894 and it's where our skilled teams continue to manufacture our classic original wax jackets. South Shield's proximity to the sea, the surrounding countryside, the harsh British weather and the border to the Highlands where John Barbour was born, all play a part in the Barbour story.

We, at  womenstheaterworkshop.com, deliver performance oriented products along with an innovative experience which is required to take barbour fans to a whole new level of online shopping. Our brand represents sheer passion and love that we have for jacket. Customer always has been the King at womenstheaterworkshop.com and will forever be. Our commitment to providing excellent service is not negotiable and we will always strive forward to provide quality customer service which is not found anywhere else. Our foundation is made by our employees’ hard work and their dedication towards the game. As a result of which, we provide an authentic barbour jacket shopping experience.ver.