PSA! If you're a fan of the iconic Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket, then you should definitely know about its twin sibling, the G4. Yes, you heard it right! The G4 has been around for almost as long as the G9, and it's packed with its own unique set of features and style that make it a must-have in your wardrobe, and in our opinion, its just as good as the G9 Harrington!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE G9 AND G4 JACKET?
The G4 was created in 1944, just a few years after the G9, by the Miller Brothers, who were already well-known for designing the iconic G9 Jacket. However, they wanted to create a more relaxed version of the jacket, and thus the G4 was born. It has a more laid-back feel to it, with adjustable button strap closures on the sides and cuffs, replacing the elastic ribbed waist and cuffs seen on the G9. This gives the G4 a roomier and less constricting fit, allowing you to move around with ease.
The G4 still retains the signature Fraser Tartan lining, as well as other iconic features of the G9, such as the slanted pockets in the front, the two-button dog ear collar, and the umbrella back yoke. Additionally, just like the G9, the G4 is designed to keep the wearer dry in wet weather, making it a versatile and practical piece for any occasion.
WHEN DID THE G4 BECOME POPULAR?
In the 1950s, the G4 became a popular alternative to the G9 for Ivy League college students in the United States who were looking for a balance between casual and formal style. The jacket allowed them to create a new lifestyle, where social class wasn't important, and anyone could wear the jacket. It was also perfect for layering, as it had an overcoat look and didn't feel tight on the body.
SUBCULTURES WORE THE G4 JACKET TOO
As with the G9, the G4 quickly became a hit in various subcultures in the UK, such as Mods, Ska, Skinheads, Punks, and British rockers. It brought about a new modern style, turning it into a classic in both the artistic and creative scenes. The G4 was no longer just a jacket, but a canvas for its wearer to fill it with their own meaning, aspirations, and experiences. It was a jacket that everyone could wear, regardless of gender, age, or social status, and it quickly became an essential piece in everyone's wardrobes.