In between a breakfast meeting at the Dean Street Townhouse and a trip to check out Shavata at Harrod’s Urban Retreat today, I stopped off at Mount Street to look at the new London home of Mackintosh, designed with aplomb by Wonderwall Inc in the manner of a TARDIS – what seems like a sliver of a store, reaches down to a lower level filled with old school glass cases and plenty of room for trying on.
Mackintosh have produced coats in England since 1823, when the original Charles Mackintosh patented his invention for waterproof cloth, achieved by rubberising cloth. Even today all mac seams, linings and pockets are waterproofed by hand. It’s no surprise that they also manufacture rainwear for Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Balenciaga amongst others.
Having recently taken over another factory and with a hefty injection of Japanese investment capital, and an admirable commitment to British manufacturing, the label is revamping for the 21st century. The waterproof fabric may have a venerable history, but it feels and looks modern, and there is clever detailing on trenches and jackets.
Steer a quick path past the zebra print coat (my eyes) and focus instead on these beautifully cut and perfectly simple coats and jackets for men & for women.
We like. A lot.
Mackintosh, 104 Mount Street, London, W1
(Check out the press images on the LLG Archive Flickr page here)