Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, and James Dean. No, this isn’t the start to another "Men of Style" list (although they all certainly belong on there). In this case the unifying characteristic between these three men is actually a jacket.
And not just any jacket, the iconic Baracuta G9 Harrington. These three men never looked more comfortable or more masculine than when they were wearing that tartan-lined, zip-front jacket. And with good reason too. The G9 was carefully designed by the Miller Brothers, Baracuta’s founders, as a jacket with a shape that would compliment anyone.
In 1937 John and Isaac Miller "perfected" the jacket in Stockport, England. The trademark tartan came a year later when the brothers received personal permission from Lord Lovat of Beaufort Castle to use the Fraser Clan’s tartan.
Light and easy to pair with anything, the Harrington was hard to beat for a brisk night on the town. Everyone from punk rockers, to Ivy Leaguers, to movie stars have sported the G9 over the years, making it one of those rare items that has appeal across the style board. While so many different demographics have adopted the Harrington, the one mainstay has been the fit: short, slim, and flattering. In fact, the Original G9 has never been altered (since 1937), meaning you can still pick up the exact same jacket Steve McQueen wore in The Thomas Crown Affair. And while it may not make you an instant icon, you’re at least a step closer to the "King of Cool."
*Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket S/S 16 arriving soon.