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Barbour Waxed Jackets

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The Barbour factory in South Shields is a thing to behold. Scores of brilliantly efficient workers slice the company’s famous waxed cotton to size, attach sleeve heads to shoulders and poppers to plackets in a flash.

The best men's classic waxed Barbour jackets

At the back of the factory, though, is the repair and re-waxing room. Each year, 100,000 jackets are serviced here and returned to their owners as close to new as possible. The oldest jacket that Barbour is aware of dates back to 1911 and is fondly known as Uncle Harry.

While each repair costs upwards of £6 – depending on what you’re having done they can reach £30 – it’s a far cheaper option than forking out for a brand new jacket.