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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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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History of: The Tote

History Of The Tote Bag The iconic name of this essential bag seems familiar to most. But what exactly is a ‘tote’ and how did it become a well known design for handbags? This month we continue our History of Blog Series with an everyday classic: The Tote Bag. The Tote one of the most versatile bag designs in history, and is most likely present in your own home. Your current choice of handbag might be a structured leather version, or...

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