Updated April 21st, 2019: 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 the U.S. and UK.
- 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 £295.00/$390.00 on the Baracuta site. If you want the Daniel Craig look, you can go with the Natural color. For the Steve McQueen look, buy the lighter Mist color. Currently, most sizes are available in both colors. If you’re in the U.S. you can also try Atom Retro. They have all colors for $395.00.
Best Affordable Alternative for the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket
Merc Harrington Jacket: £69.99
The Merc Harrington Jacket gets a lot of favorable comparisons to the G9. And the Stone color is a great choice for the McQueen look. If the men’s style forums are to be believed, this one you should definitely take a look at. All sizes are in stock on Amazon UK, which has the best price. You can also get it from the Merc website, where the price jumps to £95.00.
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.
A trio of low cost options available on Amazon. First, the Kentex Harrington in Beige for $17.00 to $55.00. Second, the Mountain Pass Vintage Harrington in Beige for £16.95 to £18.95. And last, the Gensen Classic Harrington in Stone for £17.95 to £18.95. I think it’s safe to say that all of these are made somewhere in Asia. So don’t expect outstanding quality (although the Mountain Pass has 4.5 stars after 1000 reviews) and make sure to double check the comments on sizing.
Another option from Amazon. Shell is 100% cotton and it has that unfortunate embroidered logo on the chest. But reviews on Amazon UK are pretty positive (4.5 stars). Just note that almost everyone comments on the small fit. You may need to go up one or two sizes.
A solid take on the classic from M&S in a color that captures the McQueen look. The fabric is 62% cotton/38% polyamide and it as a water repellent finish. M&S currently has sizes small to XXXXL (!) in stock.
Ben Sherman Core Harrington Jacket in Sand: $93.99/£65.00 to £82.17
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. Currently Zappos seems to have the best price and they’re stocking sizes small to 2XL. Over in the UK, Amazon looks like the best bet. But it’s also available on the Ben Sherman website for $129.00.
Farah Vintage Hardy Harrington Jacket in Light Sand: $105.00 to $187.00/£69.00 to £100.00
Some stylistic differences set the Farah Hardy apart. First, you’re getting inset sleeves instead of raglan. Second, the cut is much slimmer. And third, the jacket is missing that umbrella vent on the back. So, all in all, it may not appeal to traditionalists. But if you’re looking for a more modern take, this could be your option. Amazon U.S. and UK have the best prices and sizes small to XL in stock at the time of writing. But you can also get the same jacket directly from the Farah website on sale for $107.80/£80.00.
Orvis Weatherbreaker Jacket in British Tan: $119.00 to 169.00
And Amazon U.S. has the Orvis Weatherbreaker Jacket in British Tan for $119.00 to $169.00. Orvis is definitely a “classic” clothing line, so expect a fit closer to the baggier, traditional G9.
J.Crew Harrington in Dusty Khaki: $178.00 (but almost always on sale)
The styling veers from the traditional G9 look with inset sleeves, a trimmer fit and a clean back with no umbrella vent. But, as always with J.Crew, the real story is the sales. At the time of writing, the Dusty Khaki is reduced to $133.50. Plus there’s an additional 40% off sale going on (which isn’t unusual). So that drops the price to around eighty bucks.
The Investment Pieces
Not really sure what I can add to justify choosing this Brooks Brothers option over, say, the Ben Sherman. The fit actually looks pretty trim and it does have the raglan sleeves and yoke vent. It also has jetted pockets behind the front flap pockets, which is nice if you’re looking to quickly stash your keys. Just note that the reviews state that the “water repellent cotton” fabric is actually about 74% nylon.
Speaking of history, let’s talk Grenfell. Their made-in London Harrington Jacket is £325. As mentioned at the start of this post, Grenfell has a legacy to match Baracuta’s. You can read the story behind the company here. And if you’d like to learn more about Grenfell’s place in UK clothing manufacturing history, check out these posts on David Evans’ excellent Grey Fox Blog. The Peached Cotton version of their classic comes in sizes 34 to 50 in both a Classic (looser) fit and Standard (trimmer) fit. Now, just a quick comment about fabric and color. The company is most famous for its “Grenfell Cloth”, a 600 threads-per-inch, highly water resistant cotton gabardine invented in 1923. You can get the Harrington jacket in Grenfell Cloth for £324.85. But, at least to my eye, the “Beige” color looks closer to an olive green. So there’s your conundrum: get the jacket in their classic cloth but in a less than ideal color or go with a better color in a less famous fabric. First world problems ….
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 Instagram, Facebook page and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice, inspiration and info on where to find the latest deals!