The daddy of all motorcycle jackets, the iconic Barbour International is celebrating 75 years. To kick start this anniversary, Barbour is producing two very special limited edition jackets recreated for modern style connoisseurs. Linking traditional savoir faire with the lattest technology, you can even try it on and style it here.

Created specifically for the 1936 International Six Day Trials that supplied its name, the Barbour International – in original green and later classic black – was the jacket for competitive motorcyclists through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It was the flagship style in a rich range of Barbour motorcycling garments. Steve McQueen, a devoted rider, wore one. So did his friend, the legendary stunt rider Bud Ekins – the man who made the famous fence leap in The Great Escape.

barbour international jacket - distressed finish

Barbour is producing special limited-editions of the original Barbour International jacket. Recreated for modern style connoisseurs, the original green International comes in two finishes, both multi-pocketed, belted and carrying the famous Ancient Tartan lining. The first is a box fresh version. The second, for purists, is a painstakingly-crafted distressed finish, which creates the patina and look of an aged International. Both finishes faithfully replicate the original Barbour International with its six pockets – four in front and two behind ensuring the rider could carry everything that was required for a day in the saddle.

Highly collectible and extremely limited edition (just 75 of each finish, per territory), they are the ultimate homage to Barbour’s unsurpassed motorcycling heritage.   In store from this December, they are a prequel to a year of specials and events to celebrate the 75th anniversary throughout 2011. Throughout 2011, look out for limited editions from the archive to mark this amazing milestone.