Scottish Canvas is densely woven cotton strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age.

In Mackenzie Leather, we use the best quality canvas from Scotland.

The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age.

Our Scottish Canvas

The canvas we use with our designs is made with 18 oz waxed cotton, giving it maximum strength and durability. The linings are made from 10 oz lighter-weight waxed canvas. 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. It is natures protection against the elements. The combination of densely woven cotton, impregnated with a paraffin-waxed coating proved to be most successful.

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.

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.

The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, 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.

We use canvas primarily for our Gladstone BagsSatchels and Edinburgh Briefcases.

“Waxed garments can be regularly reproofed to maintain performance for many years, making them uniquely sustainable. There is therefore less impact on the environment using waxes as a water repellent.”

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