Modculture buying guide: The Harrington Jacket

by Modculture 14 February, 2018

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

There are plenty of options out there for the Harrington Jacket right now, so we thought we would pick out the best and the rest at the full range of price points.

Premium option:

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket

The big name when it comes to Harringtons and the most popular choice. For good reason.

This is the classic, dating back as far a the 1930s and the jacket worn by the great, the good and the cool since. Baracuta has changed hands a few times since, but the current owners sell a jacket that’s definitely a quality item with its water repellent outer shell, Coolmax cotton Fraser Tartan lining and the double button fastening collar. Plenty of colours, but at £295 it is an investment. Although if you are quick you might get one at half price at Hip.

Of course, there is a G4 you could also opt for.

Pick up a Baracuta Harrington Jacket

The alternatives:

Fred Perry Reissues Made in England Harrington Jacket

Fred Perry Reissues Made in England Harrington Jacket

Fred Perry Reissues Made in England Harrington Jacket

If you like the Laurel Wreath, you might want to go for the Fred Perry variation instead.

Much the same in look, it’s not quite the same jacket, but it is cheaper. This one has a Stewart Tartan lining and a polyester and cotton mix construction. But more or less, the same detailing and in more colours than just the red above.

Pick up a Fred Perry Reissues Made in England Harrington Jacket

John Simons Harrington Jacket

John Simons Harrington Jacket

John Simons Harrington Jacket

Of course, the man who named the jacket the ‘Harrington’ is always going to have some in stock.

These days he makes his own, with two variations. The new Made In London John Simons Slim-Fit Harrington is an update on a classic, again with similar detailing but a slimmer cut and an alternative lining. The sell for £225.

If you want cheaper, the standard John Simons Apparel Company harrington is for you, with a shower proof with 100% cotton shell and lining. Oh yes, that one is in the sale now, selling for £99 (down from £169). Do check the sizing though, as some JS items do sometimes come up big.

Pick up a John Simons Harrington Jacket

On a budget:

If you just want the look and want to sacrifice a few small touches, there are cheaper option out there.

Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket

Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket

Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket

At first glance, this is a standard Harrington, with everything from the umbrella vent to the button pockets in place. I think this is slimmer than the Baracuta and it doesn’t have the iconic lining, but with a price of around £95, you might want to forgive them that.

Pick up a Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket

Note that Merc does a similar jacket for the same money, but sticks on a logo, which isn’t to everyone’s taste.

Uniqlo U Harrington Jacket

Uniqlo U Harrington Jacket

Uniqlo U Harrington Jacket

Again, subtle differences, but good value if you want it. This one looks more like a G4 and is made with a (water repellant) Chambray twill material with a smooth texture and glossy sheen. Slimmer cut too and just the single button neck. Good value though at £59.90.

Pick up a Uniqlo U Harrington Jacket

Ridiculously cheap:

Budget Harrington Jackets on eBay

Budget Harrington Jackets on eBay

These budget Harrington Jackets on eBay came onto my radar not long ago and at a glance, they do look pretty much as a Harrington should look. But for very little money.

Two-button collar, angled pockets, elasticated waist and cuff plus a tartan lining. Sizes are XS through to 5XL, loads of colours and apparently they are made in England.

Amazingly, you can pick these up for £7.95 each on eBay. I know. But I’ve no idea about the quality or the sizing, so definitely buyer beware. Although at that price, it’s not a massive risk to take.

Pick up a Budget Harrington Jacket on eBay

Brutus Harrington Jacket

Brutus Harrington Jacket

Note that many other companies do a Harrington-style jacket these days. Those include a budget one at Uniqlo, a Tootal version, a Brutus Harrington (pictured above) a Lacoste jacket, Pretty Green and many more. Basically, there’s something for everyone depending on the depth of your pocket.

Also, keep an eye on the site as we do flag up deals in the sales as and when we find them.