Some months ago I was made aware by the site Mod Culture that the Japanese retailer MUJI (who mostly specialist in minimalist home furnishings) have a Harrington Jacket - or at least a ‘Harrington-style’ jacket in their menswear range. Harrington Jackets are a staple piece of Mod clothing that’s endured since the 1930s.
I sort-of wrote it off straight away; MUJI aren’t a big name menswear brand and they don’t really have a heritage in British fashion - so surely the jacket won’t be that good, right? Wrong. I was wrong. I tried on their Harrington-style jacket, which they call a ‘Cotton Twill Jacket’ and it’s much better than I expected.
Made from a very good quality cotton and finished with superb stitching (the stitching is excellent - very small and accurate), this really is a nice jacket. I’m not too keen on the lack of some important Harrington Jacket features, such as elasticated cuffs and waist-band however MUJI have done it their own way and succeeded.
I was most impressed by the fit: Although the garment looks a bit square and baggy in these pictures, it’s actually very well shaped and fits around your torso snugly. The waist band isn’t too low and the collar is nice and high - higher than most Harringtons that I’ve owned / tried on.
Both the cuffs and the waist include fastenings that allow you to tighten or loosen the fit. This also means that pleats have been added to the cuffs. The zip is a bit basic - just your standard YKK job but there’s a nice red check pattern on the lining - and there’s an inside breast pocket also.
Check out the classic Raglan Sleeves and separate yoke and the back - important Harrington features that have been included.
And what about the price? It’s reasonable for a garment of this quality, but it’s not cheap. This jacket retails for £69.00 and is available in-store at MUJI, or head on over to their website to by it on line right here.
Want to see more Harrington Jackets? Check out our little history here.
May 4th sees the release of the new Jason Statham Movie SAFE. Statham is a bit of a hero and although he’s probably never going to win an academy award a lot of his films can be wildly entertaining.
‘The Stath’ should also be noted for some of his excellent wardrobe choices. As a normal-geezer-done-good (formerly a street market tradesman who spent his early years in Great Yarmouth) Statham has the appeal of an everyman whilst managing to pull off true suave and chic.
Pertinently to this blog, Statham loves Baracuta Harrington Jackets - the high-end lightweight sports jacket that we’ve admired so many times here.
Here’s Statham with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - note the black G9 Harrington Jacket, a true classic.
And here again in recent movie KILLER ELITE wearing another G9 Harrington, this time in the natural colourway.
SAFE hits cinemas on May 4th. The press release gives us a hint of the action: “Statham stars as ex-Government agent Luke Wright who over the course of one harrowing night tears a swath through NY city’s corrupt underworld in order to save a young girls life and redeem his own. “.
Check out the trailer below and the UK Facebook page here.
Thanks to Momentum, Entertainment Film and Just Jarad for the images.