Etched in the Junya Watanabe name is the artful marriage of concept and pattern manipulation. A signature of his vision is the Avant Garde repurposing of synthetic materials. What do you get when you take Baracuta’s G9 Harrington Jacket, a historic emblem of British menswear, and raise it to the power of Watanabe’s masterful skewing of convention?
One collaboration that’s sure to send collectors into a frenzy.
Let’s talk structure. Where does Watanabe’s irreverent spirit fit in with a jacket founded on tradition, such as the G9 Harrington?
It’s all in the hood. Adding a hood while slicing up the beloved classic and exploding it to new proportions, Watanabe brings the dapper delight of the G9 to the streets with an oversized fit drenched in urban charm. Heritage and contemporary edge are also toyed with in the color-blocked construct. Adding a burst of a vivid tangerine, the hood is perhaps the highlight feature of the collaboration. Akin to its hood, a windbreaker flap emulates the same vivacious hue, adding another flare of scorching orange to its exterior’s deep, timeless blue.
Junya Watanabe and Baracuta assert that the glory is in the details as it gets framed with yet another seal of street style: white drawstrings. Much like the drawstrings surrounding its hood, the G9’s zipper is morphed into an accent in phosphorescent white.
While each of these aspects may sound very simple and rather obvious choices, their sum amounts to a look that is effortlessly stylish and utilitarian to the T. Everything Watanabe has modified of the G9 is subtle, extremely intentional, and irrevocably fly.
For those drawn to it because of its rich heritage, there’s no need to fret. Though the cherished classic has undergone several tricked-out updates, its signature features remain. Its umbrella back yoke, raglan sleeves, slanted pockets, ribbed cuff sleeves and waistband, and, perhaps its most signature trademark, Fraser Tartan lining, are all still there. Even the classic features, unseen yet equally loved, such as its internal pocket, remain untouched.
The knockout collaboration took its first peek into the world riding on ASAP Nast’s shoulders when the American rapper took to Instagram with the knockout collab. Nast, who has worked with the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Louis Vuitton, and Lacoste, is spotted in a very low-key ensemble pairing the latest version of the G9 with blue jeans, a denim cap, and a buttoned shirt topped off with a very 90s jumper.
Baracuta X Junya Watanabe’s G9 collaboration is now available on Baracuta’s official website.