Mackintosh

From The Dress Code
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Class Outerwear
Type Jacket
Material Wool, Polyester, Leather, Cotton
Length Unknown
Shape Unknown
Alias Unknown

The Mackintosh is a type of waterproof raincoat made out of rubberised fabric.

Features

The rain jacket has a single-breasted front with a balmacaan collar, raglan sleeves and an A-line silhouette.

Origin

First sold in 1824, the Mackintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh. Although the Mackintosh coat style has become generic, a genuine Mackintosh coat is made from rubberised or rubber laminated material.

It has been claimed that the material was invented by the surgeon James Syme, but then copied and patented by Charles Macintosh; Syme's method of creating the solvent from coal tar was published in Thomson's Annals of Philosophy in 1818; this paper also describes the dissolution of natural rubber in naphtha.

Adoption

Production of rubberised coats soon spread all over the UK. Every kind of coat was produced with rubberized material including riding coats and coats supplied to the British Army, British railways, and UK police forces.

Early coats had problems with smell, stiffness, and a tendency to melt in hot weather, but Hancock further improved his waterproof fabrics, patenting a method for vulcanising rubber in 1843 which solved many of the problems.

In the mid-1990s the Mackintosh brand owner, Traditional Weatherwear, was on the verge of closing its factory in Blairlinn, Cumbernauld near Glasgow. Around the turn of the 21st century, senior staff members acquired the company and established the traditional rubberised Mackintosh coat as an upmarket brand in its own right. The company collaborated with leading fashion houses such as Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Liberty. The coats became particularly popular with Japanese women, and the company won a Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2000 for its success in international trade. In December 2003 the company name was formally changed to Mackintosh.

In 2017, Mackintosh expanded to include a premium fashion-oriented line headed by Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov, titled Mackintosh 0001. These new lines of fashion both included male and female lines of clothing.