On the 27th of February 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) visited Northern Ireland. During the visit, she changed into a blue quilted jacket with orange detailing for a sporty engagement. It was by Barbour, their Longshore style. (Below, left.)
Kate wore the piece again just a few months later, in April 2019. This time during a family day out at the Burnham Market international horse trials (not pictured). She wore the piece again in May 2019 (top right) for a beach litter-picking session during a visit to North Wales (worn under another coat). We didn’t see the item again until January 2021, when Kate filmed a video to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week (bottom right).
Wears to date (in public): 4
About Kate’s blue quilted Barbour jacket:
The blue quilted Longshore jacket is from Barbour’s SS19 collection. It is lightweight, practical and stylish. It features chevron baffles and a diamond detail at the waist for a flattering fit. It is cut to a classic fit and features stretch-fabric side panels. The useful funnel collar will keep out the chill on a cold day. The contrasting marigold orange lining and zipper tabs add a fresh pop of colour.
A quick search on Google shows the quilted jacket came in a few more colours: an icy blue, a vibrant orange and a leafy green.
Buying Kate’s jacket:
Sadly, it looks like this piece is out of stock now. Try eBay?
Kate wearing Barbour:
Kate owns a couple of different Barbour jackets. She’s worn the Waxed Defence Jacket pretty regularly over the last decade. She also debuted Edith jacket from the Alexa Chung collaboration in November 2020.
Barbour is a British luxury lifestyle brand with a 100+ year pedigree—they celebrated their centenary in 1994. The company is well-known for manufacturing wax jackets at their factory in South Shields, North East England. According to this newspaper, the factory produces 650 jackets every day!
Barbour has a fascinating history—from releasing a motorcycle range worn by British International teams in the 1930s to clothing the Submarine Service during World War II. Read more about their history on this page.
The company received their first Royal warrant in 1974. They hold three to date: from The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and HM The Queen.