"‘Barbers’, my mum told me"

Barbour is a British clothing company specialising in outdoor apparel, founded in 1894 by John Barbour in South Shields. The garment referred to (as worn by the neighbour who becomes the Brotherhood’s second hostage) is likely to be Barbour’s famous wax jacket, originally conceived for the dockers, sailors and fishermen in South Shields’ damp and rainy port and latterly popular with upper-middle-class country-dwelling folk.