The perfect jacket for cool weather, the G9 was originally designed in 1937 by Baracuta in Manchester, England. For the past 80 years, it has stood the test of time as a trendproof essential for movie stars, punk rockers and regular Joes in between.

With lines like a bomber jacket, the G9 has a versatility that goes with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to chinos and a pressed dress shirt, even with a tie.

The Baracuta G9 is made with a water-resistant polyester/cotton shell and a breathable cotton/polyester Coolmax® lining in Fraser Tartan. It’s signature design also features button-down flap front pockets, an ‘umbrella’ back vent and ribbed cuffs, waist and inner collar.

In the movies, audiences saw the G9 on icons like Elvis Presley in King Creole in 1957 and Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). On the wildly popular 1960s television series “Peyton Place,” Ryan O’Neal famously wore one as the character Rodney Harrington, making the name “Harrington” synonymous with the Baracuta G9. From the 1960s into the 1970s, mods and punks embraced the G9 as part of their uniform.

The King wearing a Baracuta G9 in King Creole (1957)

The King of Cool wearing his Baracuta G9s in navy and mist (or “McQueen Stone” if you get it at Mason & Sons).

These British-made beauties are available from Baracuta HQ (www.barracuda.com) in a spectrum of colors for $390. Another great resource is the exquisitely edited collection of casual and tailored menswear at Mason & Sons (www.masonandsons.com), which offers the G9 in classic navy, dark red or “McQueen Stone” for $301.

There are several “evergreen” tentpoles in classic menswear – like Levi’s 501s, Ray-Ban Aviators and plain white t-shirts – that never go out of style. The Baracuta G9 is part of this group. This bulletproof original is an often imitated spring/fall outer layer that will never do you wrong.

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