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Year: 1953
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Item #: 1089
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"...
Source: Picture Post. May 16, 1953

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 22nd January 2021 at 17:51

Don't let it deter you, Mactim, keep on with your macking! Everyone is saying "Stay Safe!" nowadays, but wearing your plastic and nylon macs regularly will help you to STAY SANE!! Best Wishes! Brian.

Comment by: Mactim on 22nd January 2021 at 15:45

I thought that you would say that the early pakamacs did n’t have hoods. It’s just that I have memories of when I was at mixed school that on rainy days that many of girls would wear what would like a hooded packamac over their school gabardine macs and I used to think how sensible that was so that unlike the boys they did n’t get their gaberdine macs drenched! But clearly the hooded plastic macs were n’t pakamacs!

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 21st January 2021 at 16:40

Many lady's plastic macs, including genuine Pakamacs, did have separate scarf-like hoods, similar to the pleated rain bonnets beloved by Sue.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 21st January 2021 at 14:17

I don't think they did. Hats and caps were worn more frequently then than in subsequent years. and hoods were presumably deemed unnecessary. A pity.

Comment by: Mactim on 21st January 2021 at 07:52

Can anyone confirm whether the early pakamacs of the 1960’s had hoods?

Comment by: Old friend on 18th January 2021 at 17:15

Hi Brian you are so right a rolled or folded up mac is so exciting .

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 18th January 2021 at 16:36

No one, absolutely no one, rolls up plastic and nylon macs like Susan. No matter how voluminous the mac is, she can always fold it down to that lovely, neat, sexy Pakamac size. There is a black-and white-image, on Flickr, showing a rolled up, male, see-through plastic mac, which is an absolute classic. Best wishes yet again, Sue! xxxx

Comment by: Mr Doudy on 23rd December 2020 at 23:33

Thanks to Susan for her comments on men's buttoning plastic Pakamacs. I used to wear those in my teen years back in the 1950s and recently to my delight was able to acquire one again. I find the button fastening so much more reliable and secure than press-studs, the bottom press stud in particular I find can pop out of the plastic and be next to impossible to repair. Buttons are best and give your Pakamac a more traditional look and feel too!

Comment by: Susan on 9th December 2020 at 09:35

I shall be eternally grateful to Brian, for reintroducing me to men’s buttoning black plastic macs, particularly Pakamacs, as a result of our conversations and photo exchange. This has led onto good quality men’s buttoning nylon macs, particularly Pakamac and Quelrayn. My collection of both now almost rivals my ladies raincoat collection.

Thank you Brian

Comment by: Susan on 2nd December 2020 at 12:46

My regrets too Brian. It’s possibly a lot further.

Comment by: Old friend on 29th November 2020 at 13:20

Hi Brian that's fantastic take some counting .

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 29th November 2020 at 12:08

I love Susan's highly professional approach to Pakamcking. I also wish she didn't live 200 miles away. Many regrets.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 28th November 2020 at 19:57

Just to let you all know, my wardrobes and drawers now exceed 1000 items.

Comment by: maidjenny on 10th November 2020 at 13:22

Has no one been out in their macs lately i know i do as much as possible, i love the sound and smell mmm, curtsy from jenny

Comment by: Susan on 29th September 2020 at 08:04

Ok Old friend, maybe I will start the ball rolling. Anyone who has conversed with me in the past, may remember how I used to go out wearing ten ladies navy blue nylon macs. They were all the same design from Rainstar. I used to wear a couple of size 18, followed by a couple of size 20 and so on up to size 24, with an extra couple where the manufacturer had been overgenerous with the material. The look was incredible and the swish, deafening.
However, I outdid myself during lockdown, by putting on 12 nylon macs, in increasing sizes, followed by 2 nylon capes. 14 layers of rainwear in total. The photoshoot should appear on Flickr and videos on YouTube before the New Year.

Comment by: Old friend on 25th September 2020 at 19:28

Why someone doesn't try for a Guinness world record of wearing the the most mac's.

Comment by: Susan on 25th September 2020 at 09:11

I love all this talk about wearing more than one mac, to go out in. The swish of wearing more than one nylon mac is exquisite. The more macs the better.
Now that I own many genuine Pakamacs, I’m now able to enjoy the extra frisson of layering up in them too. I for one don’t mind the looks I receive wearing macs fully buttoned no matter the weather. Especially when I undo the button of the top mac to advertise that I wear more than one mac. This goes whether I wear multiple plastic macs, nylon macs or even a mix of the two.

Comment by: maidjenny on 17th September 2020 at 06:45

The worst thing i have found about going outside wearing something under your raincoat is you are left with mac fastened if it stops raining and turns sunny, then you get strange looks. I know it was me with my bri nylon ladies overall with plastic pinny on.

Comment by: Mr Doudy on 14th September 2020 at 16:12

Having been urged insistently to wear my plastic Pakamac on top of my nylon one rather than underneath I've decided to go along with this suggestion. If onlookers spot the nylon raincoat through the plastic one I don't begrudge them the same thrill as I'll get from wearing two Pakamacs.

Comment by: Hugh on 14th September 2020 at 09:58

Mr Doudy. I have tried to respond to your email, but it keeps being returned to me as undelivered. Please contact again.

Comment by: Hugh on 13th September 2020 at 23:10

Yes indeed. However if the plastic pakamac is on top, the nylon can also be seen. Giving the on-looker a special thrill.

Comment by: Mr Doudy on 13th September 2020 at 15:28

I still do indeed wear my nylon Pakamac fully buttoned up, it somehow doesn’t feel right worn any other way. Hugh's idea of wearing my plastic Pakamac over it as a special treat is great, that too of course fully buttoned-up. However as my plastic Pakamac is the longer of the two, having 5 buttons to the collar as opposed to the 4 of my nylon Pakamac, it might be better to wear the nylon Pakamac over the plastic one. That way the bottom of my plastic Pakamac can still be seen, sticking out from beneath the nylon one, adding to the pleasure of wearing the two Pakamacs together in this way.

Comment by: Hugh on 8th September 2020 at 18:36

Well Mr Doudy, I hope you wear your nylon pakamac fully buttoned up, and perhaps, as a treat, your plastic mackintosh on top.

Comment by: Mr Doudy on 8th September 2020 at 15:26

To answer maid Jenny's question I do still indeed enjoy wearing a vintage Pakamac. I have one in black opaque plastic with plastic buttons and another navy blue nylon pakamac, very plain, knee length with 4 buttons to the collar. Both are men's macs, buttoning the men's way; I admit I'd be self conscious being seen in public in what was obviously a ladies mac!

Comment by: maidjenny on 5th September 2020 at 07:19

And do es Mr Doughdy still enjoy the feeling of being in his mac, as indeed i do even more so when i am made to
curtsy from jenny

Comment by: Mr Doudy on 4th September 2020 at 00:35

I too was one of those boys who was made to wear a plastic pakamac for any occasion other than travel too and from school, to conserve my expensive regulation school gabardine. I started at an age when, still in grey short trousers, I could enjoy the feel of the plastic brushing against my legs. In later years, up to age 18, I'd revert to short trousers at weekends and holidays to continue enjoying that feeling!

Comment by: maidjenny on 2nd September 2020 at 05:04

No one had any nice walks in all the rain we have been having lately. I have not seen many in leeds just the nylon type.
curtsy from jenny

Comment by: maidjenny on 22nd August 2020 at 09:24

Yes Scooter i have just been outside wearing my bonnet underneath my plastic mac with the hood up. I had to get home as it was so exciting.

Comment by: Scooter on 21st August 2020 at 15:15

Hi, it’s the weather for wearing rain mates, I pop a plastic accordion folding one, it’s plain with the cloth ties. It’s brilliant and keeps you dry, nobody bothers. Go for it Maid Jenny.

Comment by: maidjenny on 18th August 2020 at 05:26

I have since manage ged to get some rain bonnets, but not dared wear outside, maybe when i get made to lol. I often go for a mac walk around roundhay park in leeds, come say hello. I do prefer to chat on skype before real time.