Fashion January, 29 2014

Selectism Visits | Inside The Mackintosh Coat Factory in Cumbernauld, Scotland

Time for a tour. We recently had the pleasure of heading up to Cumbernauld, Scotland to see some true outerwear masters at work. Mackintosh have been producing their no-nonsense raincoats in the area for some time now. While we all get lost in the worlds of “technical fabrics” and “heritage”, this company has quietly embodied both for over 150 years, the coming together of two inventors, Charles McIntosh and Thomas Hancock, resulting in the revolutionary rubberisation process still used to create Mackintosh coats today. In fact, little of the production process has changed, each job requiring a highly-trained pair of hands and every coat inspected down to the last label stitch and glued seam. So, no surprise then that when a brand wants a mac they turn to the original. While we were in the factory coats for both Margaret Howell and Freemans Sporting Club were being constructed as well as a few other names we’ll keep hush hush for now. Enough chatter, take a look for yourselves in our gallery and keep an eye out for a follow-up post taking you deep into the Mackintosh archives.

Images:Ivan Ogilvie/Selectism.com