Thursday, May 17, 2012

My very own vintage Baracuta G9 “Harrington” Jacket

Inspired by the good proprietor of Oxfordclothbuttondown, I began the daunting quest for my own Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket.  Not just any version, but an vintage original. The Baracuta company still produces the G9, which is a wonderful jacket, but I was looking for something more authentic, closer to the original worn by McQueen, Elvis and Sinatra.  The jacket is often referred to as a "Harrington" because it was worn by the character Rodney Harrington (played by Ryan O'Neal) in the 1960s TV Series Peyton Place.  I was lucky enough to finally find one and in corduroy no less.  The Harrington remains a trad classic and has seen versions produced by Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Merc London, Fred Perry, Tesco, Izod, Ben Sherman, Lacoste, Lyle and Scott, Lonsdale and Warrior Clothing.  The original, however, was created in 1937 by Baracuta and remains the quintessential Harrington sought after after by collectors and trad clothing aficionados.  In the words of Ferris Bueller, "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."

Baracuta was produced and sold by Van Heusen in the US under a license agreement.
The Fraser Tartan lining which is unique to the G9

The kings of cool (in Harringtons) ...

Elvis in King Creole.
Steve McQueen  
And the COOLEST of the Kings, Sinatra in Assault on a Queen


  1. Thank you sir and quite right! I'm not sure of the reason, but last week was Ferris bullet quote week for me :-)

  2. harrington still classic for me as compare to ralph lauren and izod clothes

  3. I daresay, finding an authentic G9 and not wishing to pay MSRP, has been daunting for me as well. I was lucky enough to score TWO. My preference was for a navy origial G9 size 36. eBay has a smattering of used jackets, occasionally 'new' ones at new prices. I tried a number of saved searches where ebay will email you when something comes up. One day a gray project 137 came up, i was out of town but bid from my phone and actually won the item at 75% off MSRP. It was a gray, lightly used, with corduroy accents. My first baracuta and i don't begrudge a penny of it. it was months later that a navy g9 in my size came up and the owner was asking around 165 british pounds (msrp 275), this was NEW, and so I picked it up immediately. even though i didn't have the money per se, i knew this price may never happen again. the jacket arrived from the uk weeks later in perfect condition. All told it took several months to find the one i wanted, and it can be done. Great to interact with someone that appreciates a true classic. Often imitated - never equalled.