British Style Genius

THE CORDINGS DETAIL

Read More...
A detailed look at the history and style details behind our iconic core collection, that have helped shape British country style. Close

British Style Icons

THE HAMPTON MACKINTOSH

For over 200 years Cordings has been renowned for our waterproof coats. The iconic Cordings’ shop front in Piccadilly still has its original signage with the words J.C Cording and co Ltd waterproofers and we are still trusted to keep everyone from gamekeepers, the city gent and even royalty, warm and dry. A unique garment, owning one is to own a piece of history.

  • RUBBERISED COTTON

    Created by sandwiching pliable rubber between two layers of cotton twill cloth, known as 'Double Texturing', first perfected in the early 1800's.

  • HAND MADE

    Bonded together by hand, a skill that takes a year to learn.

  • TRADITIONAL FEATURES

    Such as leg straps, to hold the coat against the body, to ensure full protection. Originally for use on horeseback.

  • TATTERSALL LINING

    Buggy lined, in our traditional cotton and wool tattersall.

  • SINGLE BREASTED

    With a concealed placket button fastening.

  • STORM CUFF

    Ensuring your arms stay warm and dry.

  • RUBBERISED COTTON

    Created by sandwiching pliable rubber between two layers of cotton twill cloth, known as 'Double Texturing', first perfected in the early 1800's.

  • HAND MADE

    Bonded together by hand, a skill that takes a year to learn.

  • TRADITIONAL FEATURES

    Such as leg straps, to hold the coat against the body, to ensure full protection. Originally for use on horeseback.

  • TATTERSALL LINING

    Buggy lined, in our traditional cotton and wool tattersall.

  • SINGLE BREASTED

    With a concealed placket button fastening.

  • STORM CUFF

    Ensuring your arms stay warm and dry.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAIL

  • Legs Straps

    A heritage feature, still useful in keeping your legs dry.

  • Deep Back Vent with Gusset

    Originally created for using the Mackintosh on horseback, the detail gives the wearer full movement.

  • Storm Cuff

    A hidden storm cuff keeps the wearer warm and dry, even in the worst storm.

J C CORDINGS - WATERPROOFERS

Thomas Hancock and Charles Macintosh, two nineteenth century inventors, between them perfected the process by which hard rubber was made pliable enough to be applied to cloth as a form of waterproofing. Hancock came up with the idea of sandwiching the rubber between two layers of cloth, known as ‘double texturing’. The same ‘double textured’ cloth is still used in Cordings Mackintosh collection today.

The first rubberised coats were marketed in 1824, revolutionising outerwear. Fifteen years later, when John Charles Cordings opened his first store in The Strand, he immediately saw their potential. He worked with Charles Macintosh to design an exclusive collection of practical and handsome styles for use on horseback and for the increasing number of motorcar drivers

The process by which a Mackintosh coat is made has not changed since 1824, the rubberised cloth is cut by hand, and made into a coat using glue, a skill that takes a year’s training to perfect. Today the mackintosh coats are popular as sophisticated and lightweight coats, but their heritage as early performance wear can still be seen in practical details such as leg straps, and deep back vents.

A fusion between technology and luxury craftsmanship, these coats have become timeless classics, completely waterproof, immaculately cut, versatile, extremely comfortable, resilient, crease-proof and hard-wearing. That perfect combination of British elegance and practicality, indispensable all year round. Fit for a King indeed.

Early Mackintosh adverts, extolling the virtues of the new innovative waterproof garments made by Cordings.

THE COLOURS

  • NAVY

    The perfect colour for town, with a lighter blue lining,

  • KHAKI

    Great for town and country, with an understated khaki lining.

  • FAWN

    The original Mackintosh colour, with a vibrant yellow lining.