Style Icon: James Dean
Clearly, the ‘50s weren’t ready for the likes of James Dean—he was a revered actor, a worldwide heartthrob, a competitive race car driver, and an early iconic figure in youth rebellion. Hell, his lead role in the ‘55 film Rebel Without a Cause aided in the movie earning an X-rating in Britain and being banned altogether in New Zealand. And it’s in that same contentious flick that we see Dean not wear, but rock the Harrington Jacket.
On and off the movie set, James Dean was seen donning this handsome piece—whether that was when he was going 20 over the speed limit on his motorcycle or enjoying the stylings of a live band at any number of Hollywood bars. This old-school attitude and the sense of apparel-induced-freedom is actually what inspired Flint and Tinder to take on the historic Harrington Jacket silhouette this fall.
Tragically, James Dean passed at the age of 24 from a car crash involving his new racing Porsche he was driving from LA to Salinas where he would be competing in a racing event. There’s no doubt if he were able to live out his adulthood, that his legacy would only further cement him in the Style Hall of Fame.
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