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once again the baracuta g9

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i hope you know this jacket.  if you don’t know it, get to know it.  behold the baracuta g9.  it’s a classic.  i’ve blogged about it at least 3 times now.  yeah, it’s expensive as hell.  and yeah, it’s pretty basic, but it’s a jacket you need to own.  while everyone else is out there in last year’s bomber, you can carve your own path in the g9.

here’s the skinny on sizing: it’s slim fit.  here’s the other skinny on sizing: the size measurements are uk sizing.  what does that mean?  it means a 38 is not an american 38.  it fits more like an american 34-36.  size up.  if your jacket size is a 38, you’re going to need a 40 or 42.  want more proof?  i stole the graphic below straight from their website.  don’t say i didn’t warn you.

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baracuta g9 in british tan

a year ago, a good friend of mine gave me his old baracuta g9 in olive green.  it was a size too big for me, but i fell in love with it regardless.  i don’t think i took it off for several months.  this spring i ordered one in my size (the original fits true to your jacket size).  the good news is that it arrived this afternoon; the bad news is that the temperature in nashville was 80 degrees today .  i’m hoping the weather will cool down for a week or two, so i can get a couple of wears in before it’s too hot.

if you’re thinking about buying a baracuta g9, do it.  it’s such a classic jacket.   i get more compliments on my green one than any other jacket in my closet.  and if you’re going to buy one, do it from o’connell’s clothing in buffalo, ny. they have a great selection and take excellent care of their customers.  i can’t recommend them enough.

baractua: coming soon to a theater near you

hollywood’s had a long standing relationship with the baracuta harrington jacket dating back to elvis in the movie king creole in 1958.  since then, hollywood has reintroduced the jacket from generation to generation.  in the 1960’s, steve mcqueen made the jacket legendary in the thomas crown affair.  in the 80’s, michael keaton wore one in mr. mom, and a few years later, clark kent (christopher reeve) used the jacket to hide his real identity as superman in the film of the same name.  it’s been 20+ years since those films and the time for reintroduction is apparently now.

most fashion savvy bloggers have had their baracuta ever since they discovered steve mcqueen and bought their first pair of desert boots, but the rest of the population hasn’t quite caught on.  that might not be the case after this fall.  i’m starting to see an uptick in the coverage the jacket is getting on our tv and movie screens.  i noticed one earlier this year in the hangover part 2.  i’ve also seen it in previews for the new season of bored to death and the upcoming blockbuster killer elite.  no matter where you see it this fall, it’s still as classic and iconic as it’s ever been.  i’d say welcome back, but it hasn’t really gone anywhere.

and elvis in king creole

the baracuta g9 slim fit jacket

today one of my friends offered me his old baracuta jacket.  he had outgrown it and needed a bigger size.  i tried it on and unfortunately it’s slightly too big.  unzipped it might have worked, but zipped the sides poke out too much.  i’m not super skinny but i definitely like a snug fit when it comes to jackets.  this got me thinking: it’s finally time to buy one of these damn things.  they’re pretty much essential to a man’s closet.  i guess i need to stop buying so many pairs of boots.  check out mcqueen in his:

if you’re looking for a cheaper model, check out polo’s version here.  i’ve seen these in person.  they look good too.