I bought my first Harrington jacket way back in 1973 and still wear one today. It is a classic style which has stood the test of time. In England it was first worn by the suedeheads together with check shirts, Sta prest trousers and Royals.
Worn by film stars and music icons throughout the decades such as Elvis, Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra. Today’s customers include Liam Gallagher, Olly Murs and Daniel Craig.
The Merc Harrington Jacket has been around since Merc opened its shop in Carnaby street in 1967 and we at Huckleberrys have stocked the brand for over ten years now. The jacket is designed to replicate the 1960’s slim fit shape worn by many of us in the early 70’s and again in the first mod revival.
The term Harrington comes from the American TV series Peyton Place. The leading actor Ryan O’Neil played the character Rodney Harrington who wore the jacket which became known as the “Harrington”. This jacket was produced by Baracuta and made in the factory in Manchester, England. It was designed originally in 1937 as a short jacket and was favored by the golfers as it was showerproof wind resistant and lightweight. Arnold Palmer the great South African golf player in the sixties often played in a Harrington jacket.
There is no such brand name as Harrington, it is simply a term or nickname for the style of jacket. It is a great style because you can where it in a car, on a scooter or a visit to the local pub as it is short, light and classic.
Available in several colour ways including Black, Navy, Cream and Wine the jacket has selling price of £89.99. Specifications include, 60% Cotton 40% Polyester with two button collar fastening, two reverse flap buttoned side pockets and 100% Cotton Tartan lining.
Anyone buying a Harrington today will never regret it, I never have.