Managing director, Barbour
Looking around the high street’s outerwear offer it is hard to ignore the influence Barbour has had on recent trends. As well as being responsible for the resurgence in waxed and quilted jackets that shows no sign of waning, the family-owned, 118-year-old business has an MD in Steve Buck who deftly balances the historic and progressive. This year has seen the increasing popularity of the Steve McQueen range, but it is the introduction of the Land & Sea project with Sir Paul Smith, the addition of a trend edge to the Beacon heritage range and expansion into product categories beyond outerwear, that meant Buck unveiled a 51% rise in profits in Barbour’s last set of results.
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