A Guide for Buying Vintage Harrington Jackets at Thrift Stores and on eBay

This guide is designed to help you buy a vintage Harrington jacket at a thrift store or on eBay. 

Vintage Harrington Jacket

If there’s one garment that sends a blogger into an image-searching tizzy and a defense or an attack or a poorly nuanced commentary on masculinity and style and cool with a capital C-you-later-tonight, it’s the Baracuta G-9.

A whole bunch of famous men wore it. Many of those famous men were certifiable assholes. Others were pretty cool. The characters portrayed by actors wearing the jacket fell somewhere in between.

Stylistically, the jacket itself falls somewhere in between, too. It looks good over a shirt and tie. It looks good over a t-shirt. It fits a little frumpily, or maybe that’s just calculated nonchalance.

The ambivalent history and look speaks to a pressing concern of the contemporary man: Can I be a lovable jerk? No. Be kind all the time. But you can invite suspicion, and we’re here  to help you do it without spending $400. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Below is a list of terms, brands, and tips to help you buy a vintage Harrington jacket that’s stylish, durable, and affordable. Check out our similar guides on Levi’s Denim Jackets, Flannels, and T-ShirtsContinue reading

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Alexander’s Box: A Made in Canada Levi’s Trucker

Made in Canada Levi's Trucker

I wish there were more vintage Levi’s Trucker Jackets in the world. I’ve got a few I keep to myself, but I get excited when one pops up to be shared. No one’s ever disappointed, it seems. This one features the numeric sizing of the late 80s but, incidentally, is made in Canada. The good news is I love Canada. The other news is the jacket’s gone to Sweden. Read the full letter below:  Continue reading

Zach’s Box: Nylon Bomber, Selvage Flannel, and more

I’ve been finding a lot of selvage fabric lately, the kind where the maker never thought selvage was meaningful. There’s no “ID” stripe, no exposed selvage, no label on the neck, just a self-edge of the fabric under the placket. Consider this a friendly reminder that vintage selvage fabric exists for no other reason than it was convenient and economical to produce. Remember also, that vintage nylon bomber jackets are incredible.

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Ryan’s Box

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 12.21.16 PM.pngWe sent this box to a family friend in New York City, so the EF bag was well-received. And the tie I reference in the letter is from Armani Collezione (none of that Emporio/Exchange/Jeans b.s. coming from these us.) We stole this photo from his Instagram account. We hope he’s not upset. To learn more about the content, read the full letter below. Continue reading