There’s not much I can add to the story of the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket that hasn’t already been written. So I’ll just do a quick rundown of the basic facts:
- John and Issac Miller invented the jacket in 1937; they went on to found Baracuta. However, rival company Grenfell claims to have invented a very similar style in 1931.
- They originally designed the G9 to be a golf jacket (hence the “G” for “golf” in the name).
- The G9 became popular in the U.S. in the 1950s and 60s thanks to Elvis Presley, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Steve McQueen.
- People didn’t call it the “Harrington” until 1964. That’s when actor Ryan O’Neal’s character Rodney Harrington wore the jacket on the popular T.V. show Peyton Place.
- For the last sixty years, the G9 and similarly styled jackets have been a go-to piece of outerwear for preppies, skinheads, mods and other sub-cultures in U.S. and UK society.
- Daniel Craig has been photographed wearing a Sand colored G9. As most know, Tom Ford designed the Bond Harrington jacket from Quantum of Solace, which actually has more in common with the Baracuta G4 than the G9.
If you’d like to dig deeper into the history of the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket, I’ve included some links at the end of this post.
The Original Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
The G9 Modern Classic goes for £280.00/$390.00 on the Baracuta site. If you want the Daniel Craig look, you can go with the Sand color. For the Steve McQueen look, buy the lighter McQueen’s Stone color (of course). Currently, available sizes are pretty limited in both colors. But I don’t expect these jackets are going anywhere anytime soon, so keep an eye out for a re-stock. If you’re in the U.S and really want one now, try Atom Retro. They have all colors for $376.55.
Best Affordable Alternative for the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Merc Harrington Jacket: £90.00
The Merc Harrington Jacket gets a lot of favorable comparisons to the G9. And the Stone color is a great choice if you want the McQueen look. Currently on sale at House of Fraser for £45.00, down from £90.00. All sizes are in stock and, if the men’s style forums are to be believed, this one you should definitely take a look at. You can find the Tan version on the Merc website for £90.00.
Other Options for the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Honestly, almost every clothing company has some version of the Harrington jacket. From cheap Asian knock-offs to legacy brands, you literally have hundreds of options to choose from. So to keep this simple, I’m going to focus on the more well-known labels and throw one or two cheaper alternatives into the mix. I’m also going to stick with versions that adhere as closely as possible to the design of the original. So no snap buttons, welted pockets, open hems or cuffs, or crazy logos.
Firetrap Blackseal Harrington Jacket n Stone 2: on sale for £25.00/$40.00
Most of the jackets at this price point are lower quality copies from Asia. If that’s what you want, a quick search on Amazon will give you plenty of options. But we can also find some better known brands on sale. For example, SportsDirect.com has the Firetrap Blackseal Harrington Jacket in Stone 2 on sale for £25.00/$40.00. All sizes are in stock, but the jacket does have some branding on the upper left sleeve and pocket. Some us could probably live with that when we’re looking at saving $120 off the original price. You can also find the Firetrap Harrington at the same sale price at USC.
Merona Harrington Jacket: $39.99
Warrior Clothing Harrington Jacket: £26.99 to £29.95
Another jacket that gets a lot of mentions on the men’s style forums is the Warrior Clothing Harrington Jacket. They sell for £34.95/$45.78 on the Warrior website, but Amazon UK also has them for £26.99 to £29.95.
I know, I know. I said the options here had to have the knit cuffs and hem. But Marks & Spencer’s Cotton Rich Harrington has received some very positive reviews (unless you’re over 6’1″, apparently) and it’s priced right at £49.50/$73.00. Think of it as a bonus option for the Baracuta G4.
I’m I the only one that thinks Urban Outfitters’ models look like a bunch of spoiled brats? Seriously, if I walked around in public with that smug/vacant look on my face, I’d probably try and kick my own ass. Anyway, the company’s pretentiously named Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Sand Harrington Jacket is available for £55.00. Can’t seem to find it on their U.S. site. And if I look anymore, I’m going to punch myself in the face.
House of Fraser has the Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket in Beige on sale right now for £59.50. This is a staple piece in the Ben Sherman line, and gets a fair amount of respect for being a quality, slimmer fitting jacket at a decent price.
The Original Penguin P55 Harrington Jacket in Kelp is available for $165.00/£77.00 on their website. I’ve tried this one on: the product page color is pretty true to life and it’s a slimmer fit, but note that the fabric is heavy. More of an early spring/late fall jacket for sure. Some sizes are on sale at Amazon UK for £63.95.
And Amazon U.S. has the Orvis Weatherbreaker Jacket in British Tan for $169.00. Orvis is definitely a “classic” clothing line, so expect a fit closer to the baggier, traditional G9.
The Investment Pieces
John Simmons was reportedly the one who started the whole trend of calling G9 style jackets “Harringtons”. So the brand has some serious trad rep. They still make and sell their own John Simmons Apparel Company Harrington Jacket for £169.00. Doesn’t seem an unreasonable price to pay for a bit of history.
Grenfell Cloth Harrington Jacket: £295.00
Speaking of history, let’s talk Grenfell. Their made-in London Grenfell Cloth Harrington Jacket is £295.00 (folks in the U.S. can find it at Ben Silver Clothing for $385.00). As mentioned at the start of this post, Grenfell has a legacy to match Baracuta’s, and their 600 thread-per-inch cotton Grenfell cloth is a big part of that. You can read the story behind the cloth here. And if you’d like to learn more about the company’s place in UK clothing manufacturing history, check out these posts on David Evans’ excellent Grey Fox Blog.
Maybe you’re looking for a Navy alternative to capture that Steve McQueen look in the The Thomas Crown Affair. If so, Lord & Taylor have the Ben Sherman Classic Harrington Jacket on sale right now for $49.00 (down from $140.00). All sizes are still in stock!
If you’d like to learn more about the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket, check out these articles from James Bond Lifestyle, The Art of Manliness and Gentleman’s Gazette. And remember to check us out our Facebook page and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice, inspiration and info on where to find the latest deals!