Made in England, the Baracuta or Harrington Jacket has an illustrious history dating back to the 1930s.
Popularised by names like Elvis Presley who wore a G9 Baracuta in the 1958 movie, King Creole, the nick name 'Harrington' came from its appearance in 1960s soap opera Peyton Place in which heart throb Ryan O'Neil starred as Rodney Harrington. When renowned British menswear retailer John Simons Christened the jacket after the TV character the name was popularised and remains today.
A favourite with subcultures in the UK the Harrington has been worn by mods and skinheads, seen on scooter boys and on the northern soul scene. Sales of the jacket have been helped by the likes of Paul Weller wearing the G9 Baracuta during the mod revival of the 70s and 80s with Damon Albarn and Liam Gallagher seen in the Harrington at the height of 90s Britpop.
The jacket you see here is an original 1980s G9 Barqacuta in faded black. The zip front fastening works a treat and is topped by a small collar fastening at the neck with two buttons and lined with elasticated ribbing. The sleeves and lower elasticated cuffing are still in good condition. There are two generous lower front pockets with button flap fastenings and an inner lining pocket that fastens with a button. The lining is a soft cotton based fraser tartan in red, blue, green and white with the Baracuta label emblazoned on the back neck.
Underarm to underarm 23.5" / 60cm
Shoulder to shoulder 18.5" / 47cm
Underarm 24" / 61cm
Shoulder to cuff 29.5" / 75cm
Back of neck to cuff 25" / 64cm
Across waist 18" / 46cm - there is a degree of stretch
Baracuta are still producing the G9 Harrington, a jacket like this would set you back £309 brand new. This jacket has a history and yet remains in excellent condition.
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