MacKenzie Leather Blog

Travelling this Summer? Meet the Canvas & Leather Gladstone

Home or abroad, our Canvas & Leather Gladstone is the perfect companion for your much anticipated Summer holiday. Here’s why…   Here in Scotland we’ve been treated to a surprisingly sun-soaked late May Bank Holiday. And we’re banishing those ‘back to school’ blues as we enter June by thinking ahead to our next holiday opportunity. So whether you’re thinking of planning an exotic trip somewhere far away, or embracing the homeland Staycation, your luggage plays an important role in the comfort...

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Shop Consciously with Mackenzie

Sustainability with MacKenzie Leather With Fashion Revolution Week rounding up last month, we’re pledging our efforts towards a sustainable and transparent future for the fashion industry.   The retail landscape has shifted considerable over recent years. The impact of our familiar fast fashion consumption has been particularly highlighted in the wake of the pandemic, and thanks to campaigns such as Fashion Revolution’s “who made my clothes?” many shoppers are now looking to make more conscious buys. Here at Mackenzie, we’ve always believed that...

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Find your Mackenzie Belt: Made to Measure, Made to Last

MacKenzie Leather Belts A wide range of styles and always cut to the same exacting standards of quality and craftsmanship. Find your perfect fit with this month’s product introduction - our collection of handmade Belts. Here at Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh, we’re somewhat renowned for our handmade belts. We use our knowledge and handmade skill to help find and fit your perfect belt, to you. And it’s one of the (many) reasons we cannot wait to open our shop doors to in-person...

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Q&A: Our Workshop

The MacKenzie Leather Workshop As we anticipate the return of high street retail, we reflect on the importance of our in-store Workshop. We speak to the men behind Mackenzie, our skilled craftsmen, about what it means to operate a modern day brand from our rare and distinctive establishment. Hope is on the horizon for many this month, with plans to re-open coming into play. Customer relations continues to be one of our core values, so to see these many months pass...

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February feels Festive: Celebrate Chinese New Year with Mackenzie

Chinese New Year with MacKenzie Leather February is a big month of festivities. And here at Mackenzie, we know the importance of celebration at this time. We're offering a special treat to perk up this Wintery month, transforming the daily blues into fiery, vibrant Red - join us as we celebrate both St Valentine and the Chinese New Year during a colourful month of cheer. In October 2020 we welcomed our newest member to the Mackenzie team, our Chinese Social Media...

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What’s Inside a Mackenzie Bag?

MacKenzie Leather - How we make handmade leather goods 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...

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Be Merry with Mackenzie

Handmade Leather Christmas Gift Ideas 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...

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History of: The Sporran

The Leather 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...

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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 - We're 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...

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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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