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everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...

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Comments by Jean on 15th June 2018  

For the first time in years, I am now the proud owner of a genuine men's black/grey Pakamac. It's been years since I last owned one and to be honest, after many fruitless bidding attempts on eBay, I thought that I was destined never to own a Pakamac again. It's not like I remember the ones I wore as a boy. It seems so much lighter than I recall. Certainly, a lot lighter than the many other plastic macs that I own, even the ones I have from the 1950s. I was surprised to find that it doesn't have a lovely vinyl aroma either. Maybe my nose is just too jaded from age.

Believe it or not, I'm saving putting it on for an occasion when I wear it for my boyfriend (you know who you are)!

Comments by Susan on 13th June 2018

I know that I am guilty of using the name pakamac as a generic word for some of my beloved foldaway raincoats, especially my vintage macs. However, I take exception when sellers use Pakamac to advertise their macs, plastic or nylon, when selling their goods. Often, I look at these macs and think straight away that it's not genuine. Genuine Pakamac mac adverts will take advantage of including a photo of the coat label.

Does anyone else have a view on use of the name?

Comments by Timothy on 9th June 2018  

Hello can anyone tell me where I can buy a plastic Mac like the original ones please regards

Comments by alan10 on 24th May 2018 

Hi all its been some time since l left a comment but l do read it regularly. I have followed all your comments on the different makes of plastic and nylon mackintoshes and would like to give you my input on my experiences in the 60s.
My interests were the plastic mackintoshes as opposed to the nylon which came later. Soon after starting work l travelled quiet frequently being a engineer. l was constantly on the look out for shops selling plastic Pakamacs or similar. Susan mentioned the rainstar which l think I may be able to enlighten you shortly but what l wanted to say that l went into a mens clothing shop in Leicester and it was kind of old fashioned with Mahogany counters and rows of drawers behind the counter. well a lady appeared smiling and ask what she could do for me. l hesitated then quickly asked her if they sold plastic raincoats. She said well we did but not sure if they had any left going to a large drawer and sorting through it she pulled out a plastic bag and looked at it and said we have this one it may be a little too big thought and undid it for me to try on.She held it open fr me slip my arms in and believe me it took my breath away it was gorgeous. Very well made and lovely soft shiny semi translucent plastic it was slightly too big but that did not matter I wanted it.She let me have it cheap so l was so pleased and when l got back to the van l studied it and was made by a company called Swallow. l have had so many different ones like Rainspel Aquaplast. getting back to your Rainstar l am fairly certain they were manufactured in Warwick by a plastics company that made many by products. l have been a staunch plastic mac lover since my schooldays and still enjoy them very much. anyone interested in chatting further can email me on regards Alan

Comments by Ken on 25th April 2018  

Hi Susan you describe Rainstar macs perfectly thin and flimsy so exciting why on earth don't women want to wear macs these days don't they realize how feminine and classy they look in a Mackintosh my wife had a pale blue one

Comments by Susan on 24th April 2018

It's interesting reading the comment here regarding the Rainstar nylon mac and how thin it could be. I was only just thinking about that myself but just what a difference that made to me when I wear one. I love it for it's thin feel that blows about and billows up so much, in the wind. For me it adds to the joy I feel wearing it when I'm out whether I'm wearing it over the smartest of skirt suits or relaxed over a chunky cardigan. I look down at the delightfully thin navy blue nylon material belted or unbelted and the distinctive pretty buttons and feel in heaven.

Comments by Hugh on 20th April 2018 

Well, Ken, I certainly stand corrected having read Susan's post. Perhaps I should seek them out.

Comments by Ken on 20th April 2018  

Hi Susan you certainly know your macs I personally thought that the Rainstar. Nylon mac was so exciting Kendal made a good one as well things sadly have changed so quickly and for the worst and Hugh I. understand about the rustling I love t but

Comments by Susan on 19th April 2018

Ken, I'd love to know what happened to the Rainstar label. I used to buy loads of their nylon macs in the 1980s and 90s. I do remember that I also had a Rainstar polka dot, hooded, see through plastic mac. I remember the plastic packaging that they were all sold in, were very like the ones Pakamac sold their macs in. At the time, I thought Rainstar had come from Pakamac but maybe they just emulated the packaging and styles.

Rainstar macs slowly disappeared, replaced by the YB Wet label. I bought my last Rainstar from a small shop, which was closing down, in 2004. They seemed to have a good stock of them but the shop was gone 3 weeks later. The ladies YB Wet nylon macs were exactly the same as Rainstar down to the styling, hidden hoods, belts and buttons. Apart from the name, the packaging was exactly the same. Slowly, they changed the material to a slightly thicker nylon, which unfortunately creased more easily, they changed the button style but included a spare and the belt was better finished.

I don't know what happened to that label either. Those macs too disappeared from the shops that I frequented. I bought my last one, in a ladieswear shop in 2010.

Comments by Ken on 18th April 2018  

Hi Hugh my ex wife had Rainstar and CA nylon macs and others I bought her Rainstar was a particularly exciting for me happy days pasted all to quickly

Comments by Hugh on 16th April 2018 

Don't know of their history, but I have owned one, perhaps two, in the past. Whilst all the features are there, the half moon pockets, and the nice buttons, but if memory serves, the nylon was a little thin, and lacked the noisy rustle that the Pakamac brand could boast. Try and get your hands on an old C&A mac, or Dunn&Co, a particular favourite of mine.

Comments by Ken on 14th April 2018  

Looking at a old Rainstar Mac the label. says made in Britain does anybody the history of the company and what became of them regards

Comments by Hugh on 7th April 2018 

Hello Brian. Would you be so good as to private message me on:

Comments by Brian Humphries on 7th April 2018  

The "mackintosh" debate has really started something.
I would to go mackintoshing with Charlie Anne Wray. How many of you have made her virtual acquaintance?

Comments by Hugh on 4th April 2018 

Thank you for that Brian. We are now keeping this magical word in the public arena, and hopefully more will use it rather than the more common abbreviated version. I was glad that you used the word with a lower case 'm', since to use the upper case,'Mackintosh' refers to the particular brand, and the lower case 'mackintosh' is n fact a generic term for any type of raincoat. It is lamentable that we see very few of these items out and about, although, and you referred in your message to ebay, they are widely available.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 30th March 2018  

Mmmmmm,but mackintosh is a thrilling word. Apart from anything else,they were the original makers of those lovely Quality Street chocolates. But, in a waterproof context, the nearest items to the original rubber-lined garments, are those fabulous rubber-proofed satin creations by Lakeland Elements. Not to mention the gorgeous Charlie Ann Wray, who frequently models them. However, they are prohibitively expensive. The sole item in my wardrobes of this nature is a royal blue metallic mackintosh, proofed by black rubber. It cost some £400, and is the most expensive item I have.

Many of you have mentioned the scarcity of the original 50s and 60s items-sadly all too true. But keep looking at e-bay. If you are in a buying mood-and what waterproof enthusiast isn't?-you will always find something of interest. Not only have I never been disappointed with any of my purchases, but I have frequently forged good relationships with the vendors.

Comments by Hugh on 28th March 2018 

Thank you for your contribution on this thread Susan, it seem's I'm not as alone a I'd thought.

Comments by Susan on 27th March 2018

Yes, you're correct Hugh, mackintosh is a wonderful word that for me, conjures up such wonderful feelings. I'm partial to all words describing raincoats, particularly 'plastic mac' and 'nylon mac' but replace mac with mackintosh and the feelings just grow.

Comments by Hugh on 26th March 2018 

Yes Beverly, we have similar memories. I have read several of your posts and you are among the few who helps keep the word alive. Thank you!

Comments by Beverley mr on 25th March 2018 

mackintosh yes indeed is a lovely word. Can just hear a strict mummy saying stearnly to her daughter put on your MACKINTOSH.Plastic mackintosh n hood . mmmmmmmmmm

Comments by Hugh on 23rd March 2018 

Hello everyone. I'm a late-comer to this feed, although I have enjoyed reading the posts for some time. I was just hoping that anyone on here would like to engage in a discussion about the root of our passion? I have been drawn to nylon mackintoshes since early childhood and would be interested to know of your story?

Comments by Alan B on 21st March 2018  

I remember as a 10 year old in the mid 1960s wearing a (black?) plastic pakamac. I loved wearing it as often as possible. There was a girl living nearby who I was friends with who also wore plastic. Sometimes we played a game when wearing our pakamacs that we called "shake".We would shake each other, or shake ourselves! Our other friends thought we were "shook" when they saw us, but we didn't mind.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 20th March 2018  

The thing is, are we going to get a summer this year? I use one of my favourite words yet again-Brrrrrrrr!!!

Comments by Hugh on 20th March 2018 

Does anyone on here lament the decline in use of the word mackintosh? Mac, raincoat, trenchcoat are fine, but mackintosh has such a ring to it. It need not necessarily refer to the rubber coat we all know. Mackintosh with upper case 'M' is after all a rand name. But mackintosh with lower case 'm' is a generic term for any type of raincoat, whatever the fabric. I, of course, am dedicated to the nylon pakamac type mackintosh.
I would welcome your comments.

Comments by Rob on 18th March 2018  

Yes we are surprised that you can't find them in more shops because they are perfect for our summers!

Comments by RICHARD on 18th March 2018  

Thanks Rob pity you can't remember more bit of a long drive without more details regards Richard

Comments by Rob on 16th March 2018  

Sorry I can't remember it is made by RAIN but they are ladies.

Comments by Richard on 15th March 2018  

Hi Rob thanks a shop. near Ayr can you be a bit. more pacific please can you. remember the name of the shop please regards Richard

Comments by Rob on 14th March 2018  

Its the one on the 16 July 2017 Rob

Comments by RICHARD on 13th March 2018  

Thank you Rob I can't find your comment could you
refresh it please regards

Comments by Rob on 11th March 2018  

We get asked this a lot Richard and we did find somewhere last summer. Its on our comment in July if it helps.

Comments by Susan on 5th March 2018

I find it has to be cold for it to be comfortable enough to sleep all night in a plastic mac. A nylon mac can be worn most nights except perhaps for the warmest summer. Like Berverley, I wear them to sleep in on most nights.

Comments by RICHARD on 3rd March 2018  

Does anyone know where we can purchase a plastic Mac the type that used to be quality type not the paper thin type regards

Comments by Frank Barnard on 1st March 2018  

Never to cold for a pac a mac good luck Beverly admire your honesty

Comments by Brian Humphries on 1st March 2018  

There was a typing error in my last post. The appropriate word is Brrrrrr!!

Comments by Brian Humphries on 28th February 2018  

I can say only one word to Beverly Mr-"Brŕrrrrrrrrr!!".

Comments by Beverley mr on 27th February 2018  

so cold sleep in my nylon mackintosh over house in day plastic mackintosh over full clothes.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 27th February 2018  

Definitely NOT Pakamac weather today, for wearing, kissing, or WHATEVER!!

Comments by Susan on 14th February 2018

No mention of pakamacs here!!!

Comments by Beverley mr on 10th February 2018 

Yes indeed i was 18 my girl did not have a pakamac. i told her i liked to see girls in pakamacs . I asked her if she would wear one if i bought it for her she said yes. So i gave her 10 bob and she got a blue one. Heart pounding i watched as she put the mackintosh on and pulled the belt tight. Then it was arms round her lots of cuddles and kiss mackintosh rustling and the aroma that comes from a new plastic mac. mmmmmm

Comments by Frank Barnard on 9th February 2018  

Can anyone remember the first time they kissed a girl wearing a pac a mac?

Comments by Beverley mr on 1st February 2018 

jamie where you still made to wear your pakamc when in your teens . were you embarressed about wearing your pakamac. did you ask to be aloud out without your plastic pakamac n hood. Bev.

Comments by Hugh on 1st February 2018 

Good day.

Comments by Jamie on 29th January 2018  

There were plenty of warm sunny summer days that my parents would dress me warm for. Others would be running around in summer dresses and I would be wearing my Mac and Wellingtons, often with the hood up and a scarf.

Comments by Beverley mr on 21st January 2018 

Love the comment from Jamie as i recall pakamacs at first had hoods.From early age had dreams of being made to wear plastic mac with hood . like jamie even in fine weather. in my dreams on sunny days i would be made fun of. would ask mum to let me off wearing my plastic mac n hood when fine but to no avail ,Bev.

Comments by Alan on 20th January 2018 

Hi I have not made a entry on this site for some time now as l felt it seemed to be drifting away from its main object (plastic Pakamacs) l have been adding comments right from 2007 when it first started. and l made its 500th entry on 13/2/13. There is one person in particular who l feel is very similar to myself and that is Brian l have read is many entries andlike me he goes back to when it really all started. So l have a message here for you Brian. l would love to have a nice long chat with you and l have so much to share. So if you would like to chat too with a very Pakamac experienced person like yourself then please feel free to contact me where hopefully we can chat freely l am sure you will be glad you did. regards Alan

Comments by John on 9th January 2018  

Thanks for your comments Brian and I'm sure you appreciate, one needs to he specific on these things hence it has to be a genuine pakamac for me

Comments by Brian Humphries on 9th January 2018  

John,if you after a brand new nylon mac,buttoned,collared,in the traditional Pakamac style,you may have problems. However,such items do turn up regularly on e-bay,and they are almost invariably in excellent condition.

Alternatively,you would do well to consider "Stay Dry Rainwear". They stock excellent,low-priced nylon macs,in both navy and black. They have both zips and popper fastening and attached hoods. The seams and general workmanship are, admittedly, a little crude, compared with Pakamac's excellent standards, but they are beautifully relaxing and comfortable to wear. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Of course,if you are like myself and my fellow enthusiasts,you will probably try both routes! Just "follow the yellow-brick road", and let us know how you fare. Best wishes!

Comments by John on 8th January 2018  

I'm looking to source a genuine navy blue nylon pakamac in size extra large....preferably new so any suggestions ?

Comments by G on 5th January 2018  

Hi Brian you are a expert on pac a macs your knowledge of them is second to none hope you continue to comment on this site Happy new year to you and all mac lovers