By
Carlos Martín-Peñasco

“When I was shooting the The Great Escape I couldn’t stop thinking that, if someone had made a film about my life that is how they would’ve titled it”. These are Steve McQueen’s words, a film icon that was immortalized fleeing the Nazis on a motorbike. If this motorbike-loving emblematic actor stopped in Madrid, we would recommend him to go to Barbour International on Calle Barquillo. The boutique of the British independent motorcycle fashion brand is celebrating one year offering personalized attention a fashion for men and women—shirts, trousers, accessories and iconic pieces like the A7 jacket with a diagonal chest pocket that was originally used to carry maps. At Barbour International you can also find capsule collections like the one with Australian brand Deux Et Machina.

 Barbour International was established in 1908 to elaborate outerwear for motorcyclists like Duncan Barbour III, who in 1936 launched the first overall for Barbour International

Barbour International was established in 1908 to elaborate outerwear for motorcyclists like Duncan Barbour III, who in 1936 launched the first overall for Barbour International. Virtually every British International racing team wore Barbour suits for over 40 years. Steve McQueen and the rest of the US motorcycle racing team stopped by in London to pick up a Barbour International Suit. Steve McQueen’s effortless cool style married with the spirit of Barbour International perfectly. He knew it was necessary to get ready for the race because, as he himself said: “Life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside.”




  • Atmosphere: Calle Barquillo, 42, 28004 Madrid
  • Phone: (+34) 91 310 52 07
  • Type: Shop