What’s Inside a Mackenzie Bag?

Take a look inside our contemporary Mackenzie collection from the comfort of your home thanks to our special insider film series. Hosted by our very own Master Craftsman, Inside Mackenzie is coming soon... The dawn of a New Year has always been a chance to seek out fresh ideas that rise on a clear horizon. And this year more than most, we're all after a glimpse of brighter skies and hope for a more prosperous year ahead. Before the announcement...

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Be Merry with Mackenzie

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And what better way to celebrate the end of a memorable one than by bringing a bit of festive cheer to those we love. We have a treat in-store (literally) for those of you who made it on the nice list. Not one, but two brand new Mackenzie designs, available before Christmas exclusively in our Edinburgh showroom...   The Ladies Purse   Our craftsmen have been slowly perfecting our purse design for years. So it's...

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History of: The Sporran

"bare-legged, with shaggy cloaks and a small bag." This romantically rough (but likely accurate) description of a twelfth-century Highland warrior would be incomplete without mention of that 'small bag'. From 'scrip' evolved the Gaelic word Sporran, meaning purse. It's long been considered an essential accompaniment to Highlandwear dress and even today, no Scotsman would don his Kilt without this trusted pouch. So how did it come about? Here's our brief history of the well-known hanging accessory, and how to wear...

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Introducing: The British Collection

The British Collection The wait is over for our new range of exquisite leathergoods - and this time we're staying close to home. Say a warm Autumnal welcome to The British Collection... It's rare for traditional trades like ours to be au fait with launching new collections. Unlike many of our mainstream counterparts who compete each week to meet the new and ever-increasing demand for fast fashion, we like to slow things down. Our goods are the product of hours on...

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MacKenzie Leather Edinburgh store

Mackenzie’s Untold Story

MacKenzie Leather - Our Story When Simon Harvey-Potts graduated from a degree in film and photography, he decided, like most students who find themselves on the edge of the real world, to travel. And as the cliche of discovery would suggest, he did return with a new, enduring passion. Just how much did he find? No one could have anticipated the chance career path that would one day lead to a thriving, time-honoured business. One thing we're sure to tell our...

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MacKenzie Leather workshop

Mackenzie on Film: Behind the Hide

MacKenzie Leather on Film The Edinburgh Festival is on hold this year, but in our Old Town workshop we've seen lights, camera, action! This August we bring you our on-screen contribution to the most creative month of the year with a new backstage series from Mackenzie on Film... Leathercraft is a industry that can often lie quietly under the modern day radar. If you're reading this blog, then chances are you have a closer understanding than most - but do you...

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MacKenzie Leather Edinburgh - we are open

Come on in: We’re Open!

MacKenzie Leather Is Open As lockdown eases across Scotland, our showroom doors are re-opening to the public. With a few new ways to experience retail in-store, find us in the heart of Old Town, continuing our traditional trade in these historic times.   Summer is off to a great start (by 2020 standards) as we were finally able to reopen our showroom doors to the public on Monday! There may be no Fringe this year, but the strength and spirit of our...

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Master Craftsman, Simon, in the Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh traditional workshop

Mackenzie on Film: How to care for your leather bag

How To Care For Your Leather Bag The doors to our showroom remain closed on lockdown, but the season of spring cleaning is here.  In the first of our new film series, we bring you a Mackenzie insight from our workshop to your home. So grab a cloth - it's time to look after your leather! It's a lockdown law. The natural urge to act on the annual Spring clean has been amplified by this year's stay at home restrictions, forcing...

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May the month bloom: Spring is here!

Spring Is Here   "The world's favourite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May.” -  Edwin Way Teale   Over the recent weeks our attention as a nation has been firmly fixed on the developing Coronavirus situation, both here and across the globe. As the anxiety and concern surrounding such a widespread pandemic has been consuming us all, the dawn of a new month and the arrival of a fresh season begins to sail in a ship of hope to many of...

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COVID-19: How to support Mackenzie Leather.

How To Support MacKenzie Leather As one of the many independent and non-essential businesses with closed shopfront doors, our future is uncertain. Read our top 3 ideas on how you can safely support us, and other brands like ours, during this unsettling time. What a difference a month makes. From the expected joys of Mothering Sunday in our March blog, to the fear of facing a global pandemic in April. With our first concern being the health of our loved ones,...

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Guide: A Mackenzie Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Guide March is the month for Mother’s, celebrating the wonderful women in our lives with breakfast in bed and a blooming bouquet of daffodils. If you’ve been thinking of treating the mum in your life to something extra special this year - we’ve got you covered with our inspirational pick of the best Mother’s Day bunch from Mackenzie. In a similar fashion to shoes, bags are often poorly associated with female consumer stereotypes. Hoarded and hidden, the handbag...

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History of: The Gladstone

History Of The Gladstone Bag It’s an icon. A bag full of character and crafted by our talented team year on year. But where did the design come from? And how did it become so popular? This month we take a look at the History of: (our most beloved) Gladstone. The Leather Gladstone and it’s compact companion, The Gladstonette, have been firm favourites of the Mackenzie collection since we established our trade back in 1990. Sometimes known as a Doctor’s or...

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A New Decade: Welcome to 2020

A New Decade Of MacKenzie Leather Another year has passed, and the start of a new decade is upon us. We look back at the last 10 years of Mackenzie moments, celebrating the highs, and thankful for the lows that come alongside the joy of running a small business. It’s the dawn of a brand new decade here on planet Earth, and regardless of how or in what state you may have woken up in on this New Years morning, there is...

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Festive Gift Guide: Have a Very Merry Mackenzie Christmas

Christmas Gifts From MacKenzie Leather All is calm, all is bright…. Enjoy the joys of gift giving this year and be inspired by our simple but effective festive gift guide. A thoughtful offering can go a long way - and here at Mackenzie, we guarantee a lifetime.   Our Christmas Elves - Andrew, Kevin, Ed and Simon - busy crafting our bespoke festive goodies in our Edinburgh workshop.   The most wonderful time of the year may not always feel wonderful for some during...

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Introducing: St Mary’s Street Makers

St Mary's Street Makers A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker – an age old definition of a flourishing hub of local business. Our leather craft workshop in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh just so happens to have some intriguing next-door neighbours who also master in ancient trades. Together, we’re redefining the famous trio of artisan to bring a contemporary place of interest for visitors to the capital – Welcome to St Mary’s Street Makers. Illustration by @EdinburghSketcher Bagpipes, Kilts and handmade Leather...

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