The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Mark Smith •

Barbour may be known for it’s historic outdoorsy schmutter and it’s well documented durability, but that same hard wearing quality was also applied to competitive motorcycling as far back as 1936. The return of the Original Green International is a little hint at what to expect in 2011, with a year’s worth of events planned to celebrate an iconic item of clothing.

The first Barbour International Jacket was created specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials, which is where the name came from. Like all the best designed stuff, the form of the original International followed the function and it became ubiquitous amongst professional motorcyclists through the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The International was even favoured by actor and King of Cool – Steve McQueen, not to mention the legendary stunt rider Bud Ekins, whose famous fence leap in The Great Escape remains etched in our minds.

The Original Green International is being re-issued in homage to Barbour’s role in motorcycling history, it’s ultra limited and available in two finishes. If you’ve been saving your pocket money for something special, the might be the one for you. 

The Barbour International in original green should be in-store sometime around Friday December 10th

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