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February feels Festive: Celebrate Chinese New Year with Mackenzie

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 Ambassador, Gillian Zhihong Dong. This...

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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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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 Edinburgh - we are open

Come on in: 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 our local communities has...

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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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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.   The most wonderful time of the year may not always feel wonderful for some during those last remaining weeks of precious shopping time before the Big Day. And with more of us focused on...

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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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Guide: What it’s like to buy bespoke with Mackenzie

Buying Bespoke From MacKenzie Leather Although we offer a wide range of handmade goods ready to collect off the shelf, we also pride ourselves in offering a completely bespoke-made service. Our talented team can make more than leather bags to order - here’s an insight into the process of a personalised Mackenzie experience. The Phone Case, crafted from our Italian Soft Hide in Matt Black, with bespoke silver initials. Image courtesy of @cmwinternational   Our current range of handcrafted Italian and Spanish leather...

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History of: The Tote

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 perhaps your favourite companion...

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