A casual buy No. 4

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The King of Cool in his faithful Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket, naturally

I guess this is really about two casual items – a jacket and a book. Both concern the coolest man ever to have walked the planet, and easily the best dressed – Steve McQueen. There’s the arty Taschen photobook by William Claxton, full of iconic photographs of the effortlessly casual star, and what else would the King of Cool be wearing on the cover? Yep, his trusty Baracuta G9, collar up (never down, sweet  Jesus!) and showing that unmistakable tartan lining.

Modish, simple, no fuss, timeless. You cannot own a better item of clothing than this jacket. It’s not just about casual (although the Stone Island clones should buy this book and see how it should be done), it’s an everyman look.

Now the caveat: don’t buy copies, some are good, some awful, but the original is the best – and those that know will know, it’s that obvious, trust me.

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