Founder: John Barbour
Year Founded: 1894
There are few things more distinctively British than British country dress. The Italians and Americans have put their stamp on the lounge suit, but British country dress remains largely untouched. In this category, Barbour stands as one of the field's most important and defining companies. Their iconic, dark-green, waxed-cotton jackets with brown corduroy collars and characteristic plaid linings have been seen on everyone from The Queen to common country Brits. As such, Barbour's practical, no-nonsense, oiled cloth jackets have come to symbolize a certain kind of equality and simple-country values that have helped made them popular around the world.