Renowned for its unrivalled rain repelling properties, it comes as no surprise that the mac was conceived in the rain beleaguered British Isles. The garment is a triumph of style and practical design and continues to offer its wearer the fusion of solid sartorial credentials and peerless practicality.
Though today’s iteration of this menswear classic may seem as though it sprung from necessity perfectly formed, the road to creating the mac was one paved with many challenges. First conceived by Charles Macintosh in the early 19th century, the earliest versions of this design combined a wool fabric with a melted rubber solution, giving rise to the world’s very first waterproof fabric.
While this fulfilled the basic requirements of Charles Macintosh’s vision, the solution’s odour and reaction with the underlying fabric meant that the original coat lacked longevity and was far from ideal to wear.
Fast forward some 150 years - by way of the utilisation of rubber vulcanisation - and the mac became not only extremely useful for its wearers, but impressively natty too – a fact attested to by its presence in the wardrobes of both the most stylish and practical of men.