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The Baracuta jacket has been worn by everyone, from rock legends and movie icons to sports-stars and street-gangs to James Bond and Superman. It is an original British classic that has been much copied but never bettered, and a garment that all men should have in their wardrobes at some point in their life. The history of the Baracuta brand originates in Manchester, an industrial heartland in the northwest of England. The city was once known as “Cottonopolis”, being the centre of the World’s cotton textile production in the 19th century, peaking in 1912 when 8 billion yards of cloth was produced. It is also often referred to as “Rainy City”, due to the regularly high levels of precipitation and the damp atmosphere (which was especially good for cotton spinning). Given the industrial background of the city and its climatic conditions, it is understandable that a number of cotton-rainwear manufacturers began operating in the area. One of them was a company called Baracuta, owned by brothers John and Isaac Miller. Their principal activity was the production of raincoats for brands such as Burberry and Aquascutum. In the 1930s the Miller brothers began to develop the Baracuta name as an independent brand, and they created a number of unique designs, each with an alphanumeric codename. At the time, the success of their manufacturing business had afforded them the opportunity of joining Manchester’s social elite by becoming members of the local golf club, and in 1937 they developed a short, waterproof zipper-jacket that could be worn on the course. The design offered sufficient freedom of movement to allow players to strike the ball without restriction; it eventually became know as the “swing jacket” in Japan, but the company referred to it by the designated codename, G9 (the G indicating “Golf”).The following year, John Miller approached Lord Lovat, the 24th Chieftain of Clan Fraser, seeking his permission to use the Fraser tartan for the lining of the jacket. Not only was the design of the tartan a perfect compliment to the G9, it also provided a suitably noble touch. As war broke out, Lovat’s heroism in battle (Winston Churchill described him as “the handsomest man to cut a throat”) could only enhance the hard-edged masculine appeal of the design.