The Harrington jacket is proof that a well-designed garment is timeless. A marvel of men’s casualwear, Harrington jackets have been in style for over 60 years now and are still as popular as ever. Once you’ve bought one, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

 

The Harrington jacket is proof that a well-designed garment is timeless. A marvel of men’s casualwear, Harrington jackets have been in style for over 60 years now and are still as popular as ever. Once you’ve bought one, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

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The Harrington jacket was invented by the Brits

The first men’s Harrington jacket was created in 1937 by Baracuta, a British clothing company based in Manchester. The jacket was designed by brothers John and Isaac Miller when they set out to create a functional rainproof jacket for the modern working man. The Miller brothers were granted permission to use the famous red Fraser tartan for the jacket’s lining by the 24th Lord Lovat of the Fraser Clan.

What is a
Harrington jacket?

Harrington jackets are lightweight waist-length men’s jackets normally made from cotton, wool or leather in a single color. The waist and cuffs are elasticised, and the jacket is fastened with a front zipper, making it ideal for outdoor wear. The collar is straight, often fastened with two buttons, and there are external pockets on either side of the body. The inner lining is usually a check design or red tartan.




How the Harrington jacket rose to fame

The original jacket, known as the “G9”, became particularly popular among golfers. The showerproof finish kept players dry in the rain, while the lightweight material allowed enough room to take the perfect swing.

During the 1950s, the jacket moved into mainstream fashion after making regular appearances in Hollywood. James Dean wore a red Harrington jacket in the film Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, and three years later Elvis Presley wore a Harrington for his role as a nightclub singer in King Creole. At this stage, the jacket was still known as the G9, but then actor Ryan O’Neal donned one for his role as Rodney Harrington in the primetime soap Peyton Place in the 1960s. The nickname “the Harrington jacket” was born and has stuck ever since.

During the 1960s in Britain, Harrington jackets became popular among young men who wanted to break away from mainstream fashion trends. Mods, skinheads, and then the scooterboys of the 1970s all embraced the Harrington as their jacket of choice. The garment was also popular among musicians in the Britpop scene of the 1990s.

Celebrities who love the Harrington jacket


In the 1960s, Steve McQueen famously graced the cover of Life Magazine in a Harrington jacket, cementing its place in popular culture. Since then, the Harrington jacket has been worn by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Thierry Henry and Daniel Craig just to name a few.


In 2007, Baracuta celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Harrington jacket by releasing three special edition G9 jackets. Each one was made with a special lining featuring quotes from Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra.

 


Ways to wear the
Harrington jacket

One of the marvellous things about the Harrington jacket is its versatility. In between semi-formal and relaxed, it is an essential item that will go with absolutely everything in your casual wardrobe.

Wear your Harrington jacket with a white t-shirt and jeans just like James Dean, or pop on a collared shirt and relaxed boots for a cool casual look. You can just as easily smarten up the Harrington jacket by pairing it with chinos, a polo shirt and boat shoes. The beauty of its timeless design means you can wear it almost any way you like.



The Charles Tyrwhitt Harrington jacket


Tyrwhitt Harrington jackets are stylish, practical and impeccably finished, in lightweight fabrics that are ideal for Spring and Summer. They’re made in England, as all true Harringtons should be, and we’ve added thoughtful touches like adjustable cuffs, external pockets and full linings. We make sure our Harrington jackets are both functional and good-looking, just like the Miller brothers intended.