No one knows the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket like Beryl. As a previous Baracuta worker, Beryl has literally had a hand in the creation of the iconic jacket. Working from home, Beryl would make 22 G9 jackets a week, being paid up to £1-2 for each one.
Very nice to meet you and thank you for being part of Baracuta’s long lasting journey. Can you share your memories from crafting Baracuta jackets?
I went into the factory, spent a week there and it was just great. That was the beginning. Came home, every Friday, 20 jackets, worked a week. Monday's it was all the collars, pocket flaps, cuffs, all done and turned-out Monday night. I did five coats a day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Picked up, new batch dropped off for me to work on.
They asked me if I could do some samples for the Omen film, and they had to be spot on. Not that my work wasn't spot on, but they needed to have it really spot on for Gregory Peck. However, I did them. I started with wages at 50p a coat, rising to 75, rising to a pound and then when I did the Omen jackets, they gave me £2 a jacket which was a bonus.