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NEW: Introducing The Holyrood, The College Tote & The Canvas Satchel

Whether it's back to work, or back to school, kickstart your September in style with three brand new leather bag designs from Mackenzie Leather.   The artisan leather craftsmen have been working behind the scenes to design and craft two new handbag designs and a new satchel design. But these designs aren't entirely from scratch. All have been inspired by the very best of existing classic Mackenzie Leather cuts...   The Holyrood The Holyrood - named after Edinburgh's iconic Holyrood Palace - is a compact...

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Mackenzie Leather craftsmen recreate the first Calcutta Cup Rugby Ball

The Mackenzie craftsmen have tuned their skills to something a little more sporting...   Instead of working leather for bags, belts and briefcases, the team have taken on an historical replication project; recreating the rugby ball used in the first ever international game of rugby, Scotland Vs England, in Edinburgh 1871.     The match marked the beginning of the Calcutta Cup, and will be recounted in a new feature documentary 'The Great Game'. The hour-long official documentary film will tell the incredible true...

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Shop Consciously with Mackenzie Leather

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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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 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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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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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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