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The New Baracuta : Guide to Baracuta Jackets
The Baracuta G9: New and Improved
Last year the Baracuta - the original Harrington Jacket - was relaunched as a premium jacket in the highest quality fabrics. The original Harrington Jacket - much copied, but never bettered, is now better than ever. With improved fabrics, fits and styles, you've never owned a better Harrington Jacket. 2014 sees the expansion of the Baracuta range to include a Trench Coat - echoing Baracuta's roots as a raincoat manufacturer, suede and leather options in the classic Baracuta G9 and G4 styles and the launch of a Women's range.
New colours for Spring/Summer 2014
New fashion colours introduced to the Baracuta range for Spring 2014 are Mc Queen's Stone (pictured far left) and Corn Yellow. Both of these fresh new colours are available for the Summer season and will be limited editions - available for this season only.
Baracuta G9 Original
Here's your favourite Harrington Jacket like you've never seen it before!
The Baracuta G9 Original retains all the aspects that make it the authentic G9 Harrington - the ribbed, double button collar, the 2 button down pockets, the inside button pocket, raglan sleeves, elasticated waist and cuffs, iconic 5-point 'Umbrella' vent to reverse and of course, the famous Fraser Tartan lining. But add to this an improved fit - the G9 is now slimmer and more fitted than the old style G9, giving a much more flattering shape - and better fabrics - the G9 Original is a Poly-cotton shell with a 'Coolmax' lining. The unique 'Coolmax' lining keeps moisture away from the skin, keeping the wearer cool and comfortable.
New colours for Spring/Summer 2014
New fashion colours introduced to the Baracuta G4 range for Spring 2014 are Corn (pictured far left) and Light Blue Both of these fresh new colours are available for the Summer season and will be limited editions - available for this season only.
Baracuta G4 Original
The Baracuta G4 Original is the brother to the G9. The main difference between the 2 styles is the waist of the jacket - where the G9 has a ribbed, elasticated waistband, the G4 has an open waist and shirt style cuff (not elasticated). The Baracuta G4 original Jacket is otherwise the same as the G9 Harrington including the iconic 5-point 'Umbrella' vent to reverse and of course, the famous Fraser Tartan lining.
The Baracuta G9 Original Garment Dyed Jacket has a 100% cotton shell. Garment Dyed is the process where a jacket is made and then dyed to the desired colour after production. The G9 Garment Dyed also features a vintage look Union Jack pop to the inside of the collar on the left, a tonal colour version of the tartan lining and the 5-point 'Umbrella' finish to the reverse is sewn down (not vented). The G9 Garment Dyed also features the new slimmer fit, making this jacket a must-have. Due to the garment dye process, this Baracuta is also cheaper than the G9 Original.
View all the Baracuta G9 Garment Dyed Jackets here.
Baracuta 2014 Highlights
Special features for the 2014 range include the Baracuta Trench Coat, the Baracuta G9 Original in Suede and Oiled Leather, the new Women's Baraucuta Jacket and a Baracuta socks collaboration with Smart Turnout.
Baracuta have launched a women's version of the classic Baracuta G9 Original. To start out with it's just available in red, but look out for more colours added soon! As with the men's harrington, the women's G9 features all the iconic Baracuta aspects including the 'unbrella' vented back and the Fraser tartan lining.
A highlight for Baracuta collectors this season are the new Suede and Oiled Leather Harrington jackets. In Avio Grey and Biscuit in the suede and Brown in the oiled leather, these jackets are pricey but truely beautifully made and a certain future collectors item. Limited availability.
In collaboration with Smart Turnout, Baracuta have striped cotton socks available in 3 colours for 2014. Made in England and hand finished, these Baracuta socks are a perfect gift!
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Baracuta's History: The Original Harrington Jacket.
"The next evening it was a warm, pattering, incessant rain – just rain to waken up the flowers. But in Manchester, where alas! there are no flowers, the rain had only a disheartening and gloomy effect; the streets were wet and dirty, the drippings from the houses were wet and dirty, and the people were wet and dirty."
- 'Mary Barton' by Elizabeth Gaskell
If there is one thing which is constant in Manchester, England - it's the rain. In a city where it rains more often than it doesn't, Rainwear was big business in the early 20th centuary. Brothers, John and Isaac Miller ran the Baracuta factory, making rainwear for brands such as Burberry and Aquascutum. When they branched out into their own brand, Baracuta soon became synonymous with the finest Raincoats.
By 1937, the Miller Brothers were looking for a new, functional design for a working man, and which would also keep them dry in the rain. They came up with what would eventually become the Baracuta G9. This shorter jacket meant the wearer would have the benefit of a shower proof coat while he was still able to move around, unhampered by a longer raincoat or mac. With the design including collar button fastening, elastic waistband and cuffs and button fasten pockets nearly finished, the Miller Brothers took their idea to Beaufort Castle, Scotland. In the presence of Lord Lovat, the head of the Fraser Clan, the Miller brothers requested that they be granted permission and licence to use the famous red Fraser tartan in the lining for the new Baracuta Jacket. With the agreement in place, the Miller Brother's began manufacturing the Baracuta Jacket in the classic G9 style, as well as other variations including the G4 and G10 Harrington Jackets.
Over the years the Baracuta G9 built up a reputation. In the 1950's Baracuta G9 Jackets were being exported to the US as 'Sports Coats' for the early Mods looking for that Ivy League look. In 1958 Elvis Presley wore the Baracuta G9 in the flim, 'King Creole' propelling the jacket to the forefront of fashion. Other fifties and sixties icons picked the Baracuta G9 as thier jacket of choice - Frank Sinatra, Arnold Palmer, Gregory Peck, and perhaps most famously, The King of Cool - Steve McQueen, who made the Natural coloured Baracuta G9 an integral part of his 'look'.
By the 1960's the G9 jacket was a must have for the Mods. With its intricate attention to detail and refined style, the Baracuta G9 was just the type of jacket to appeal to the Mod movement. It was also in the sixties that John Simons (owner of sixties mod clothing store, 'The Ivy Shop') coined the name 'Harrington' for the Baracuta Jacket, after US TV soap, 'Peyton Place'. One of the shows characters, 'Rodney Harrington', played by Ryan O'Neil, would often wear the Baracuta G9 jacket. The name caught on and has stuck ever since.
It wasn't only Mods who loved the Baracuta G9 Jacket. The Seventies saw punks and Mod revivalists adopt the Baracuta Harrington as their jacket of choice. The Clash played Times Square in 1981 wearing personalised Baracuta G9's (specially made by Baracuta). With the advent of nineties Britpop and Indie, the Baracuta G9 found a new home.... on the backs of countless indie icons. With inspiration drawn from their sixties predecessors, the Baracuta G9 was once again firmly in the spotlight. The list of stars to highlight the Baracuta as a must have item of indie clothing includes Johnny Borrell (Razorlight), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Pete Doherty, Ollie Murs, Tom Cruise, Daniel Craig, Thierry Henry and many more.
In 2013 the Baracuta was relaunched as a premium Jacket - designed for the Mod connoisseur, for whom only the best will do! New brand owners, WP Lavori have improved the fit of the jacket, making it a slimmer and more fitted flattering shape, and put the Baracuta G9 in to new and imporoved fabrics. This is an exciting time for the Baracuta range, which is set to grow and expand with new, premium styles. The Baracuta G9 Original retains all it's iconic design aspects - not least the famous Fraser Tartan and 5-point 'Umbrella' reverse vent, while the new G9 Garment Dyed offers a slightly different slant on the classic G9, with Sixties Mod influenced Union Jack pop to the collar, sewn down 5-point reverse and new tonal tartan linings.