Densely woven, strong and reliable cotton canvas from Scotland

Our Scottish Canvas

We use 18 oz waxed cotton canvas to craft our signature Canvas & Leather designs. Our linings are made from a lighter 10 oz waxed canvas. Both are renowned for their strength, durability, and nature enhanced qualities.

The cotton itself is woven to endure continued wear, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age. The wax naturally picks up marks and creases through use, which add to the character of the fabric itself.

The concept of waxed cotton was originally developed in the early 15th century by sailors. Remnants of these sails were used as capes to withstand the high winds and sea spray, keeping the sailors warm and dry.

In the years that followed, various treatments were applied to cottons in an attempt to find the most effective blend. Waxes and oils are naturally occurring substances found in leaves, bean/seed coverings, animal furs and feathers.

“Waxed garments can be regularly reproofed to maintain performance for many years,

making them uniquely sustainable.

Responsibly sourced cotton and low impact manufacturing make our waxed cotton a sustainable choice. Garments can be proofed to keep up performance and protection levels, ensuring they last for many years – an important Mackenzie ethos.

The beauty of waxed cotton is its durability and longevity. The fabrics are also highly breathable, and the wax adjusts to ambient temperatures to be softer/more breathable in warm weather and stiffer/more wind-proof in cold conditions. Its proofing can be maintained by the end user by applying wax into the surface, keeping it soft, supple and weather-resistant.

We use canvas primarily for our Gladstone Bags, Satchels and Edinburgh Briefcases.

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