If you were visiting the International Salone del Mobile, in Milan last week, you may have passed by the WP store on Via Borgogna, where casual outerwear brand, Baracuta has teamed up with Anglepoise® to create a dedicated window display, celebrating two classic icons of British design.
The Barcuta G9 bomber jacket was released in 1937 by brothers John and Isaac Milller, who operated out of a small garment factory in Manchester, not far from where the jackets are made to this day. The Anglepoise® Original1227™ design, launched three years earlier in 1934, was the happy result of a collaboration between British automotive engineer, George Carwardine and Redditch based spring specialists, Herbert Terry & Son. Both these remarkable products are still in production today and are now considered quintessential examples of flawless British design.
Famously, the Baracuta G9 was worn by Elvis Presley in the 1954 film, King Creole, also by Ryan O’Neill in the 1964 TV series, Peyton Place, (when the jacket became popularly known as the Harrington, named after his character in the show) and, in 1968, by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. Even Frank Sinatra wore a G9. Unlike almost any other item of clothing, it’s utilitarian design appealed to many and varied aesthetics, subcultures and tastes, finding favour with the father of all Mods, Peter Meaden and the ska and punk fans of the seventies. Musicians continued to identify with the G9, most notably The Clash, who all wore Baracuta jackets for their famous Times Square concert in 1981. More recently, the G9 has been spotted on the backs of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, Iron Man male lead, Robert Downey Junior and sartorial trendsetter, David Beckham.
Here is a natural meeting of two classic British brands with a parallel history. With its focus on clean simple lines, flowing movement and high functionality, the Anglepoise® Original1227™ lamp, like the Baracuta G9, has universal appeal. This well-executed, utilitarian design similarly lends itself to almost any aesthetic, whilst its unique, anthropomorphic quality and responsiveness to touch encourages emotional engagement.
WP Store, Milano: Via Borgogna 3, Milano MI 20122 www.baracuta.com
Photos: © Michela Malanca