In 1820’s Britain, well before the invention of the motorcar, horse-drawn carriages rode back and forth through rainy streets. At the time, it was difficult for people to protect themselves from the elements due to a lack of waterproof clothing, except those that were oiled. That was until 1823, when George Macintosh, a chemist from Glasgow, invented the waterproof fabric, Mackintosh Cloth. Coats made of the Mackintosh Cloth were factory produced for sale a year later and quickly became the jacket of choice for rainy weather and horse riding. Improvements in their waterproof fabrics led to Mackintosh being adopted as the British Army coat for World War I and II, and as the uniform overcoat for British Rail.

Tradition, heritage and craftsmanship are of paramount importance to the brand and are key to the success of the Mackintosh brand. Mackintosh continues to keep their heritage alive by producing their rubberised coats using the same procedures used in the 19th Century. The brand proudly sews in a “Genuinely Handmade” label into each of its coats as evidence of their traditional process and craftsmanship. Mackintosh has just a single factory in Cumbernauld near Glasgow. The brand ensures all of their coats are made in Britain, with each Mackintosh coat-maker undertaking a three-year apprenticeship in their factories.