In 1823 Charles Macintosh patented his development of a remarkable waterproof fabric.
The raincoats were made by several selected manufacturers using his Double Texture Cotton of 2 layers bonded with a rubber compound which was then taped with rubberised cotton. In 1889 one of those Manchester manufacturers expanded its operations to Ireland and in 1934 registered its business of the manufacture of Mackintoshes.
The popularity of the raincoats led them to be exported to countries as far as the US, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
They were worn by men & women who appreciated their function and fine quality craftsmanship, however, complaints continued due to the rubber odour and their tendency to melt in hot weather and become stiff in the cold.
In 1983 the company was acquired by Francis Campelli who addressed these complaints and developed a fabric which is odourless and would not change its properties in extreme weather.
This fabric is Double Texture Cotton, with a hi–tech breathable membrane bonded between 2 layers of Cotton, it is breathable, waterproof, windproof, durable, and has the further advantage of being dry cleanable and hand washable.
Unlike other hi-tech waterproof fabrics, ours is completely natural in appearance and soft in contact with skin.
For almost 200 years generations of craftsmen have produced these garments which have become known as ‘The Mack’.