Brothers James and Isaac Miller cut their teeth on designing rain coats and other jackets for brands like Burberry, but to gain greater creative control they launched their own brand Baracuta to highlight their knowledge and skill. Manchester, England was then known for two things: cotton and rain, and as sales of their rainproof cotton jackets went up, so did the brothers’ social status. They were invited to join the golf club. Men’s golf fashion back then was stuffy and constrictive, full suits and overcoats, so they did what they did best and in 1937 designed a versatile, water and windproof, functional and stylish jacket that we know as the infamous “Harrington” G9. They lined it with the red family tartan of Simon Fraser (Lord Lovat) - one of Britain’s most illustrious commandos, a man that Winston Churchill described as “the most mild-mannered man that ever scuttled ships or cut a man’s throat.” Baracuta gave all their jackets alphanumeric designations, and the “G” here stands for the purpose of its initial design: golf.
The first British invasion was exported to North America in the 50s when Baracuta came to town. Quickly adopted on the silver screen by legends James Dean and Elvis, the Baracuta G9, with its simple, clean lines and style of sharp casual dress, was thrown over the shoulders of the rebel cool. By the 60s the East Coast had adopted Baracuta into their Ivy League style, but simultaneously it’s three season utility and sporty movement became the uniform for service workers throughout England and the US. The Mods adopted the G9 into their style, and from the Mods so did the Rudies and Punks. The battle of what class of cool got to wear a Harrington reached an armistice in which everyone got to walk away looking cool.
Baracuta jackets are iconic, worn from punks to presidents, James Bond to Superman. Many of the jackets, including the G9, have never had their design altered throughout their long history. That means you can still buy the same one Steve McQueen wore, and that’s because it will never go out of style.