Baracuta is the iconic British brand and home of the original Harrington jacket made in England since 1937, by the Millers Brothers in rainy Manchester. People like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen, but also several cultures and metropolitan gangs, from the Mods to punks and skas, adopted it as a True British icon.
Manchester, a city synonymous with downpours became the raincoat manufacture capital of the world. It was through this rainwear that Baracuta was born.
At that time Manchester was an industrious place, known for textile production. In 1937 John and Isaac Miller began making the original G9 Baracuta at their Chorlton Street factory in Manchester. This came to define the brand.
It was the original incarnation of the G9 jacket and it has continued to be made in Manchester ever since.
The culture around the city grew into one of aspiration and working hard to climb the social ladder, which ran through the jacket. The G9 embodied that spirit due to its link to golf, which at the time was exclusively for the wealthy.
The Miller brothers aspired to be accomplished golfers, which influenced the creation of the G9.
As a result of BARACUTA’s major distribution to the United States during the fifties the brand’s international fame rose. Since then the iconic blouson was featured on the cover of international magazines many times, worn by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or Steve McQueen, e.g. In 1972 the G9 jacket became a trend in several cultures and metropolitan gangs, from the Mods on Vespas, to punks and skas.
Rarely has a garment met the likings of such different social groups with such a great diversity of visions and tastes, leaping from one era to the other and with different soundtracks of groups like the Clash and the Style Council who chose Harrington not just to appear but as a sign of belonging to one’s own way of life.