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The History of the Mackintosh Coat

The Mackintosh coat was invented by Charles Macintosh (without the K!), the Scottish chemist, in the early 19th century and in 1823, Macintosh released a new way of making waterproof clothes by using rubber, liquified in coal tar naphtha to join the two pieces of cloth together.

With the invention of vulcanized rubber in 1839, alterations were made in their rain-wear lines and a new rubber fabric was introduced, which was designed to deal with extreme changes in temperature. Since then, the company have been trialing many different fabrics types, to offer the best rain-wear possible.

Mackintosh nowadays, has developed into a popular, household name in the manufacture of rain-wear. This high end, luxury model focuses on quality and design of all-weather gear and rain coats.

The Mackintosh Coat comes in many diverse styles and fabrics, in fact, the whole range of products incorporates everything from classic designs and classy coats, to the more fashionable and trendier coats for the younger generation.

These products are readily available in a number of colors and one can customize the lining, buttons and collar of the jacket to ones own individual tastes and requirements. All their designs are still hand-made by their highly skilled and experienced, expert tailors.

Their whole range of coats is available for men and women, as well as children, although they are best known for their two regular collections which are called the Duncan (for both gents and ladies) and Douglas (only for gents) both of which are obtainable on the Mackintosh website or from select boutique retail outlets in the major cities, especially London.

Standard, classic Mackintosh coats usually cost around $400-600, whereas the more 'in vogue' ones are obtainable at around the $500-700 mark. If you so desire, you can obtain a bespoke coat at 'Bespoke lounge' in London for around $1000.

In spite of their high ticket price, people today are ready to spend on Mackintosh coats due to their history, quality and durability. Other models of rain-wear ranges like Burberry and DAKS often lack the originality and uniqueness in their offerings.

Benefits of a Mackintosh coat:

• They are readily available in classic designs as well as fashion forward variations.

• They are always made from the best quality fabrics.

• They are tough and hardy and will require little maintenance for a very long time.

The collection of regular and fashion forward stylish coats are timeless and acquiring this industry leading brand is trendy and fashionable in itself.