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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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STV Glasgow
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:45:00 -0700

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:26:11 -0700

They say if ain't broke don't fix it and Millie Mackintosh seems to be doing just that in her choice of clothing. For the fashionista has stepped out twice in one week in the same black leather trousers, ankle boots and trilby hat. And the 25-year-old ...


Daily Mail
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:34:16 -0700

Millie Mackintosh: 'I'd love to be a mum and add a cosmetics line to my brand': Star discusses future plans as she models debut jewellery range for Dorothy Perkins. Star, 25, created vintage-inspired range for high street store; Last week unveiled ...
The Guardian
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:52:30 -0700

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:22:45 -0700

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Daily Star

Daily Star
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:38:29 -0700

But Professor Green has revealed that too much telly is "the downfall" of his sex life with wife Millie Mackintosh. Tuning into addictive series may well be killing the couple's drive for nookie, but the Brit rapper still speaks passionately about his ...

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