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For confectioner, see Mackintosh's. For other uses, see McIntosh.
Not to be confused with Macintosh, a line of personal computers created by Apple.
Type Private sector
Industry Textile industry
Founded Glasgow, 1846s
Headquarters Cumbernauld, Scotland
Area served MonteMonte
Key people Charles Macintosh, Founder
Products Rubberised coats and accessories
Owners Yagi Tsusho[1]
Website mackintosh.com

The Mackintosh or raincoat (abbreviated as mac or mack) is a form of waterproof raincoat, first sold in 1824, made out of rubberised fabric.[2] The Mackintosh is named after its Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh, though many writers add a letter k (this variant spelling "Mackintosh" is now standard [3]).

Although the Mackintosh style of coat has become generic, a genuine Mackintosh coat should be made from rubberised or rubber laminated material.


Mackintosh Store,104 Mount St, Mayfair, London.

Although it was surgeon James Syme who first invented the fabric, it was Charles Macintosh who patented the invention for waterproof cloth in 1823 and the first Mackintosh coats were made in the family's textile factory, Charles Macintosh and Co. of Glasgow.[4] In 1830 the company merged with the clothing company of Thomas Hancock in Manchester. Hancock had also been experimenting with rubber coated fabrics since 1819. 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 their waterproof fabrics, patenting a method for vulcanising rubber in 1843 which solved many of the problems.[5]

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the company continued to make waterproof clothing. In 1925 the company was taken over by Dunlop Rubber.[6]


In the mid 1990s the Mackintosh brand owner, Traditional Weatherwear, was on the verge of closing its factory in Cumbernauld near Glasgow.[7] 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.[8] In December 2003 the company name was formally changed to Mackintosh.

In 2007 Mackintosh was bought by Tokyo firm Yagi Tsusho.[1] With the backing of its parent company Mackintosh has continued to expand its reputation and marketing operations. In January 2011 the company opened its first fashion store in London.[9]


  • The Macintosh - the Paternity of an Invention by H. Schurer, Transactions of the Newcomen Society, 1951-53 Vol 28.


  1. ^ a b "The rebirth of the Mackintosh fashion label - The Scotsman". News.scotsman.com. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Mrs Mac is back - The Scotsman". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 2002-10-03. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  3. ^ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 6th ed. (2007), p. 1668
  4. ^ "Whonamedit - James Syme". Whonamedit. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Return of the Mac: The reinvention of Mackintosh - Features - Fashion". The Independent. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  8. ^ "The Queen's Awards for Enterprise - GOV.UK". Queensawards.org.uk. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  9. ^ "BBC News - Mackintosh opens first fashion store in London". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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Miss Mackintosh, who regularly shares images of herself training at a gym, replied 'fitspiration!' Dozens of Twitter users immediately echoed Professor Green's comments with one writing: 'I need Millie Mackintosh's figure #thinspiration,' while another ...


Manchester Evening News
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:59:37 -0700

A paedophile former police officer has been found hanged just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse. Prolific abuser Don Mackintosh, a ex-sergeant in Greater Manchester Police, and church Boys' Brigade leader was ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:26:15 -0700

London's girl about town Millie Mackintosh snapped up a piece by Dublin designer Giovanna Borza on her recent trip to the capital. Share. Facebook · Twitter · Google · Email. Go To. Comments. Millie, admired for her polished personal style and devout ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:51:22 -0700

She's made no secret of the fact that she wants to start a family with rapper husband Professor Green, but Millie Mackintosh has revealed that even if she did fall pregnant, she wouldn't shout about it. The stylish entrepreneur, who tied the knot with ...


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The couple hung out backstage while Pro Green talked skin art with tattoo-artist-to-the-stars Cally-Jo, who has inked A-listers including Rihanna. Keeping herself occupied, Millie took selfies with her new customised HTC phone as her husband discussed ...
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:08 -0700

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:19:38 -0700

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