How to Spot Fake Barbour Jackets: 7 Easy Things to Check

Barbour is a well-loved English luxury brand known for its waxed cotton jackets. Founded in 1894 by John Barbour, this outstanding manufacturer has received the prestigious “Royal Stamp of Approval” by Queen Elizabeth. Barbour’s top-selling products include waxed cotton jackets and quilted jackets, both designed to be durable and weatherproof but also comfortable and stylish. Perhaps you also noticed the cool sports jacket that James Bond wore in ‘Skyfall’?

Because of the brand’s popular products and reputation, counterfeiters have targeted Barbour and replicated both original and classic designs. The brand has been doing its best to fight the counterfeiting problems to protect its consumers. Buying Barbour jackets from authorized retailers like House of Fraser and Nordstrom is arguably the simplest way to ensure that you get the real thing.

Fearne Cotton, Calista Flockhart, and Maisie Williams wearing Barbour jacketsFearne Cotton, Calista Flockhart, and Maisie Williams wearing Barbour jackets

You can double check if an online store is an authorized retailer at the Barbour website. Additionally, suspicious websites can be reported. Avoid being scammed and do a little bit of research before that purchase. Here are some simple tips on how to spot a fake Barbour jacket.

1. Know the styles.

A lot of counterfeiters create fake products with styles that are not even on Barbour’s roster. Doing a little bit of research beforehand should help you avoid falling for this scam. Visit the brand’s official website and browse the current jacket styles listed. Familiarize with yourself with the different styles, including the popular classics and the newer, trendier releases.

Men's Barbour Liddesdale Quilted Jacket and Women's Barbour International Wax Jacket.Left: Men’s Barbour Liddesdale Quilted Jacket; Right: Women’s Barbour International Wax Jacket

2. Check the buttons.

The buttons of a Barbour jacket are embossed with the brand name, etched in a circular fashion on its outer edges. Most counterfeiters won’t bother with this level of precision, and even the counterfeiters that do likely won’t pay close attention to detail. Inspect closely for misspellings, proper spacing and font.

Authentic Barbour jacket with brand name in buttons.Buttons should have the Barbour brand name or logo.

3. Check the inner tag.

On the inside part of every Barbour coat and jacket, you should find a stitched label that displays the brand name and the “Royal Warrant,” which is given to businesses or brands that are used and trusted by the Royal Family. This warrant showcases three golden royal stamps printed along with the Barbour label. The text printed on the label may vary, depending on the style of the product. Typically, it shows the brand name, style name, size and “Made in England” (for styles made locally). There is also another label found on the inner pocket that displays the care and maintenance tips for the jacket.

Barbour jacket inner label.

4. Check the zipper and other hardware.

Zippers and hardware of authentic Barbour jackets also have the brand name embossed on them. Aside from this detail, make sure to check the smoothness of the zipper by pulling it up and down. High quality zippers should glide very easily, while cheap zippers are hard and often get stuck.

Barbour parka jacket with zipper detail.

5. Check the stitched brand name.

Most jacket styles have the brand name stitched somewhere near the pockets. The font used here should match the one on the label found on the inside of the jacket and the color of the stitched label should exactly match the color of the jacket’s fabric. High quality stitching should be even, with proper spacing and no loose threads.

Authentic Barbour jackets with stitched brand names in pockets.Barbour brand name stitched on the pockets.

6. Check the quality of the fur.

Barbour has several coat styles that feature faux fur for detailing. High quality faux fur should look and feel almost real. Genuine Barbour jackets with fur have a thick and fluffy appearance that is soft to the touch. The color is not one dimensional but a mix of light and dark threads. Counterfeit items will often have faux fur that’s rough to the touch and do not have that natural, multicolor look.

Genuine Barbour jacket with faux fur trim.

7. Check the overall quality of the jacket.

Barbour is one of the leading makers of waxed cotton jackets. The brand’s products boast high quality material and excellent craftsmanship. To ensure the durability of waxed jackets, makers like Barbour do double waterproofing. The outsides have waterproof coating and the threads used also receive the same treatment. This kind of technique ensures guaranteed protection and also long-lasting comfort. Counterfeiters often use cheap materials during construction, or skip the proper process of waxing the fabric. The results are weak jackets that are not completely waterproof and also feel too heavy when worn.

Barbour jacket for women.

Know more about the product you are buying before you spend your money. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how some of the most popular styles of Barbour jackets are made.

Credit: WENN / Barbour

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