g9, the iconic harrington jacket

"G" like Golf, “9” like the 9 holes of the golf course. The G9, also known as the Harrington, is still, to this day, one of the most celebrated icons in the history of menswear. Created in 1937 by the creative genius of the two brothers John and Isaac Miller, it is capable of combining the ethics of hard work together with innovation. The Harrington immediately stands out through the characteristic and distinctive Fraser Tartan lining, given to the Millers by Lord Fraser and the unmistakable umbrella yoke motif on the back.

The G9 cult exploded in the 1950s thanks to distribution in the United States and the adoption of the Brand by many celebrities. In 1964, the G9 became universally known as the Harrington, thanks to the popularity of Ryan O’Neal wearing it as the character of Rodney Harrington in Peyton Place.The origins of the G9 are linked to Manchester, the city in which the Miller family had been producing rain jackets since 1912. In 1937 John and Isaac Miller renamed the Baracuta Factory and, attending the Manchester Golf Club clubhouse, started working on a jacket that could offer freedom of movement to allow players to hit the ball while remaining composed during the swing. The new creation was equipped with the innovative zip fastener and to protect golfers from the rain, a characteristic cape structure is added to the head and was name the ‘wing back umbrella’. The brothers designed a high collar, back dog-ear collar, and equipped them with buttons. Finally, they added the rubber strips at the bottom of the sleeves to stay covered during the impact with the ball. The large front pockets, which can be closed with the button were designed to hold two golf balls. The Miller Brothers dedicated themselves to a careful search for the most suitable fabric for the inner lining of the G9. In 1938, they asked for the granting of the checked family pattern to Lord Lovat, the English Lord Brigadier Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser, descendant of the same branch of the family of William the Lion, a frequent visitor to Manchester Golf Club, and began to use it as a G9 lining . A pattern synonymous with history and style, consequently, the first Baracuta jacket was completed. In 1953, Isaac Miller moved to America where he opened a sales office at the Empire State Building. In the post-war United States, the boys of the Ivy League, enrolled in one of the eight most prestigious and elite private universities in the country, having no intention of joining the codes of the classic suit and tie, they instead began to wear the G9. In the Brotherhoods where the magazines and posters of the films are collected, images depicting the legendary G9 also appeared, an icon of the new aesthetic, such as the red model worn by Steve McQueen in the June 1963 edition of Life magazine or Elvis Presley in the film King Creole. The actor who more than anyone else links his image to the G9 is Ryan O'Neal. In 1964, O’Neal revolutionised men's fashion thanks to the character of Rodney Harrington of Peyton Place, the beauty of the school with the wearing of his G9, which he was inseparable with. It became an unprecedented success.

The character's popularity blends with the jacket that was soon renamed the Harrington - from then on it has been an icon of the preppy style. As something which often happens in the eternal cycle of affirmation of the trends, the G9 soon became assimilated by the mainstream aesthetic; sported by the leaders of the American establishment, such as John Fitzgerald Kennedy, its popularity soon reached the wardrobe of the American man, defining the casual style of the modern era at 360 degrees. In 1966 in the United Kingdom, at 46 Chiltern Street, in the district of Marylebone, home of the West London Boys, he opened the shop of John Simons, lover of the G9, called The Ivy Shop (a name clearly inspired by the American Ivy League) where he exhibited in the window a G9 with ‘The Rodney Harrington Jacket’ written. Soon the Mods, which according to the motto "live clean in difficult circumstances" expressed their common identity through a very conscientious care of the look, adopting the Harrington as an integral part of their uniform which was strongly linked to the musical trends of that moment. In fact, at the end of the 60s and during the early 70s with the releases of the great successes of the Mod culture, including the albums of The Who, Small Faces, or of The Jam, Harrington acquired more and more specific meanings, remaining the hallmark of several English subcultures from the 70s and 80s. The jacket worn by The Clash during the 1981 concert in Times Square, became part of punk clothing and, later, of rock in general. Over time, the G9 has changed colour and fabrics, while remaining a cult object of English alternative fashion. Even the skinheads adopt it, turning the Harrington into their uniform together with their shaved heads, Doc Martens and shirts worn with braces. In the 90s and 00s, the G9 was rediscovered by the Brit-Rock revival wave, by personalities such as Damon Albarn, Franz Ferdinand and Liam Gallagher. In 2008, the G9 returned to the big screen with the English-style ambassador James Bond in the film Quantum of Solace, played by Daniel Craig. Even today, the G9 Harrington is produced in England and stands out from its imitators thanks to the original, distinctive and unmistakable Fraser Tartan inner lining made of breathable Coolmax® cotton. From Harvard to London ska concerts, Harrington has gone through half a century of western culture, becoming a garment with an unmistakable design, a symbol of authenticity and heritage of the British tailoring.