Now when it comes to casual jackets ,there is one jacket I love more than any thing, that is the Harrington Jacket its been worn by Elvis Presley even Frank Sinatra. I love the way the jacket is put together very simple it has a collar so you can pop it up when windy, a short body so it’s a snug & comfortable fit, also two side pockets with flaps to keep your hands warm on a windy day, a simple chunky brass zip ,due to its simple design its been copied and copied by every fashion brand going ,the lining is usually Fraser Tartan but other brands like to put their own lining inside to show this their brand of Harrington.
The Harrington got its name from a character called wait for it ! Rodney Harrington from a soap opera called Peyton Place ,the reason why ? yes he always wore a Harrington simple, but it was invented in the 1930s in the UK but there is a bit of an issue who actually came up with the design, the two company’s in question are Baracuta from Stockport the other is Grenfell from Burnely, the designs are very similar, but Grenfell’s feels softer & has a beige checked lining lovely if you’re an old dude. The main reason I love Harrington’s is thanks to Steve McQueen he made simple clothing look cool, because he wore a Harrington he made wearing a windbreaker as they are called in America cool so people wanted them .
In the 60s Mods started to wear Harrington’s as a part of their look, the brands most associated with mods where Fred Perry & Ben Sherman, in the 70s Skin Heads adopted Black Harrington or Burgundy colored ones as a part of their look, in the late 70s early 80s scar was in so rude boys adopted the look thanks to bands like Madness, in the 90s the Perry boys as they were called from the Brit pop scene embraced the look, the Harrington still lives on today thank to labels like Pretty Green who have given the Harrington a new fresh look, so I think Harrington’s will still be in vogue for a few years to come. so have a look at the very best in British Harrington’s if you like the jacket click onto the image or link underneath to go to the website
History says that Baracuta was the first company to make the classic jacket in the 1930s in Manchester Stockport, the design is simple its known for its versatility and water-repellent with a cool mix cotton, also the classic Fraser tartan lining ,two front flap pockets & the iconic umbrella back vent with ribbed waist & cuff.
Now the other the company who claim to be the first to make the Harrington Jacket is Grenfell in Burnley, the design is the same as Baracuta but the cotton is a lot softer, the lining is in a beige check nice for old guys Grenfell is named after the cotton it is made from it’s a very nice jacket .
The Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket
The Harrington jacket is an iconic part of Ben Sherman heritage. This classic example features flap and button pockets with tab branding, centre front zip-through and ribbed hem and cuff. Lined in our house check with an inside patch pocket, this lightweight cover-up is a great seasonal option. Classic Harrington Lined in house check Funnel neck with double button Flap and button pockets with tab branding Umbrella back yoke Ribbed hem and cuffwww.bensherman.com
Now Fred Perry is famed for being a street clothing brand, their Harrington’s are a polyester cotton blend with a bat wing yoke, their lining is done in Stewart tartan, but also a very fitting jacket, I love the Fred Perry Harrington’s in navy with a gold logo it just pops.
Pretty Green Kingsway Harrington Jacket Navy
Pretty Green Harrington jacket comes in a slim fit, with a stylish paisley lining, it has a Pretty Green leather logo, this is a stylish piece that looks the business day or night.
One of the new boys on the block selling their brand of Harrington Jackets is Pretty Green, I will admit it I love them they are amazing, the fit is more of a straight fit with a single button collar fastening, metal zip with leather pulley, button cuffs ,internal back seam with a pretty green leather logo badge on the front ,the lining is pretty greens very own paisley design very suave.
If you want a Harrington Jacket but can’t afford the big labels, then my friends meet Warrior they have been making their own Harrington jackets for years ,their design is very similar to the original but they don’t have a back yoke, the good news they have just started making Harrington’s with the back umbrella vent in a heavyweight polyester.
I hope again you have found this blog help full if you do have any questions please do ask me
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