Modern Classic Clothing are pushing out some new Harrington jackets. They’ve ditched the traditional red tartan and put in a slick-looking “madras” lining. No doubt some people might kick off over the usurping of the famous tartan and they aren’t cheap either… but I personally quite like where they’re going with this - I’m willing to pay a little extra for that creative streak.
It’s another ingredient to add to the melting pot of where the hell I’m going to get my next Harrington. Definitely something I’m going to consider.
I am now officially on the hunt for a new Harrington jacket.
I’ve been thinking for a while now that my current one has been looking a bit old, a bit dusty and a bit tired. I also have some other reservations about it that need further explanations.
I have two Harringtons, one black and one navy blue. The navy one is the one we’re talking about here. It’s from Warrior and it has been a favourite for a while because it has, instead of the trad red tartan lining, a blue paisley one.
This Harrington, for what it’s worth, can be picked up for about £30 from Warrior’s website. Not bad for a classic jacket with an unusual twist.
But I have noticed something else. I don’t know where the black Harrington was bought but I assume somewhere like Merc and it’s become my new favourite for two reasons. Firstly, despite being much older, it’s actually holding up far better than the navy one. The material is much more easily dusted off from whatever crap you end up getting on it (picture me in Tesco’s bakery section last week and choosing a loaf of some pretentious, organic free range fucking bread. Flour fucking everywhere. I’m sure there’s never been a more manly way of getting dust on your jacket).
Secondly, the structure of the jacket is much more rigid and retains its shape. The navy one has become a bit crumpled by comparison, despite me having owned it for less time.
I don’t think this is coincidental. Consider, if you will, the materials involved:
Navy blue, flimsy - 80% Polyester : 20% Cotton Mix (from Warrior)
Black, robust and starched feel - 40% Polyester : 60% Cotton (from Merc - though admittedly I don’t know exactly where mine was from)
So here I am wondering whether this makes all the difference - more cotton equals a more rigid fabric? I hope someone who knows about this can tell me.
Until then, I am going to keep surveying the streets and the internet for all the navy Harringtons I can find until I feel I have saved enough to decide to buy one.
As you can see, the choice is not an easy one. Any recommendations?
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