the harrington jacket is back from the dead
Ok, so “from the dead” might be a tid bit dramatic, but suffice to say that the classic G9 style jacket has been rarely rocked in the last few years by anyone but our dads and grand dads. Now, thanks to guys like Daniel Craig and Pharrel Williams, the tartan lined golf classic is landing back on the pages of gossip mags and surely soon in the closets of men everywhere.
A little background: This cropped raincoat often referred to as a “Harrington” got its nickname from Ryan Oneal’s character from the 1960’s sitcom “Peyton Place” who famously wore the jacket like a uniform on the show. The original maker of this product is a company called Baracuta out of England that has perfected the design with a trademark tartan lining, umbrella sloped back and seamless shoulders for better mobility. For years Baracuta stuck to the original name the “G9” until it became obvious that there was no avoiding its pop culture significance and officially changed the name. Funny enough, now years later, the first point of reference for the name Harrington is this jacket, with few remembering anything about Peyton Place.
I find this jacket to be the perfect transitional piece. Pair a black or navy version with a pair of khakis and a polo for a traditional prep look, or add a pop of color in red with a pair of skinny jeans for a punk rock vibe. I would even throw one over the top of a shirt and tie and head out to happy hour. The jacket is truly super versatile as it’s cropped length and fitted shape can equally handle preppy and punk rock. If it were me, and it is, I would go for the original over a knock off. There is a reason that Baracuta has been around for ages – the product speaks for itself. Buy it in San Francisco at Cable Car Clothiers or get it on sale online. Fair warning, it isn’t cheap, but if cost is an issue try vintage online.