This Fall, Harrington Jackets Are Going Rogue
If you were to enroll in Classic Menswear 101, there are a few pieces every professor worth his weight in 24 oz. denim would make a prerequisite. At the top of the mandatory buying list might be a pair of indigo jeans, some wingtips, and a well-tailored suit. But take a gander at the Introduction to Outerwear section of the syllabus, and there’d also be a Harrington jacket, the tartan-lined #menswear staple that’s become ubiquitous on style forums and moodboards alike, the corners of the internet that revere guys like Dean and McQueen. In 2022, Rebel Without a Cause still slaps (stylistically and otherwise), but the jacket the movie helped popularize has come a long way from its big break on the silver screen.
Don’t get us wrong: the Baracuta G9, often considered the OG of the genre, is very much around—readily available in “tearing me apart” red and King of Cool navy—if you want a jacket that takes the source material literally. But if you’re hungry for something a little more right now (and, frankly, a lot more fun), today’s Harrington jackets aren’t resting on their laurels. Surprisingly, Baracuta itself is leading the charge, linking with a who’s who of insider-y menswear favorites like Engineered Garments and Noah, both of which remixed the G9 over the last year, incorporating gusty patterns and left-field fabrics. Beyond Baracuta, though, a whole slew of Harrington 2.0s have hit the market, often ditching the plaid lining entirely and trading the water-resistant woven cotton for more textural materials, like plush corduroy, sleek nylon, or buttery suede.
The Harrington’s resurgence isn’t happening in a vacuum—it’s part and parcel of the Dirtbag Ivy aesthetic brands like Aimé Leon Dore are pushing in earnest. Over the last decade, a large swath of fellas weaned on Supreme have graduated from splashy, graphic-emblazoned sweats and are revisiting the classics with fresh eyes. But instead of gravitating towards the most period-correct iterations of those jeans, dress shoes, and suits, they’re reaching for updated versions that offer a little more visual oomph, while still retaining the swagged-out octogenarian vibe that makes Harrington jackets so enduringly cool in the first place.
Don’t believe us? Take a peek at the motley crew of remixed Harringtons below, none of which will make you look like you’ve been wearing the same Frank Bullitt costume since Halloween.
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(LEFT) BLUEBERRY PECAN BREAD, (RIGHT) SOUR CREAM BLUEBERRY BUNDT CAKE. EXCERPTED FROM BLUEBERRY LOVE (C) BY CYNTHIA GRAUBART, PHOTOGRAPHY…