Who Invented the Waterproof Coat?

We've all had the benefit of a sturdy waterproof jacket or coat over the years… But who do we have to thank for this creation?

In the early 1800's, people could only keep themselves dry by wearing oiled fabrics like cotton. They were heavy, water repellent and smelled pretty bad.
Charles MacIntoshIn 1823, Scotsman Charles MacIntosh (pictured) was granted a patent on the first 'waterproof' fabric. It was made by squeezing liquid rubber in between two pieces of fabric, then pressing them together.
This first range had it's unique problems though - when the weather heated up, the rubber would become sticky, and when it got cold it became too stiff.
The 1839 invention of Vulcanization by Charles Goodyear (of the tyres fame) changed the game. Vulcanized rubber rested temperature changes, and made 'Mackintosh' Coats a perfect rainwear solution.
Initially, it had success for horse riders, then became adopted for use in the British Army. More recently, The Mackintosh brand has been resurrected as a luxury raincoat manufacturer, and is hugely popular in Japan.
Our Mac in a Sac raincoats are manufactured with Polyester; these fabrics are both fully waterproof and breathable, as well as lightweight. Seam sealing ensures that no rain can seep in though stitching holes. 
Thanks Mr Charles MacIntosh for your creativity. We're in your debt.
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