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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 7th February 2019 at 21:37

PlasticPakamac, your comments are music to the ears. I may well contact you. Best waterproof wishes.

Comment by: PlasticPakamac on 5th February 2019 at 17:30

In my school days I used to wear my Pakamac, as did some others, but only when they were really needed. But outside of school I’d wear it as much as I could, I even had matching overtrousers, for such things were so very common then, Not true of today though, such a shame.
Fortunately I do have a collection of Genuine Pakamac Plastic Raincoats, which I still wear, and I wonder just how many others still do today?
Oh, email me above if you wish to reminisce.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 28th January 2019 at 18:21

At school, some of the pupils, who wore plastic macs, referred to them as "their rubber macs", adding to the excitement.

Comment by: Old friend on 17th December 2018 at 12:02

Merry Christmas to all pac a mac fans and a happy new year to you all.

Comment by: PlasticPakamac on 20th November 2018 at 08:56

Hello Alan,
Nice to know there are others who remember the original Pakamac Plastic Raincoats, I even had one as a young teenage boy, and have loved them ever since.
But perhaps you could drop me an email to discuss things further.
Best wishes, Pakamac.

Comment by: ALAN BEAN on 19th November 2018 at 19:10

Thanks for your comments Plastic Pakamac. I have used pvculike sometimes, as mentioned by Nicholas Green, but wondered if it was possible to get the old Pakamacs. A longshot I know, and no doubt costly.

Comment by: NICHOLAS GREEN on 14th November 2018 at 01:36


Comment by: David Ashman on 28th October 2018 at 11:01

why 2015

Comment by: Plastic Pakamac on 26th October 2018 at 10:08

Hello Alan, lots of nylon and plastic macs on Ebay, worth looking there for Genuine Pakamac Plastic raincoats and things for they occasionally pop up there. However, genuine ones do tend to go for rather high prices.

Comment by: ALAN BEAN on 23rd October 2018 at 20:55

I remember wearing a plastic pakamac in the mid 1960s.Is it still possible to buy a plastic pakamac?

Comment by: Susan on 18th October 2018 at 14:12

I will be publishing my photos soon. Probably sometime in November due to the backlog of unpublished photos, that I have.

Comment by: Old friend on 8th October 2018 at 07:24

Hi Brian where can I see photos of your mac? or macs.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 3rd October 2018 at 22:14

Thanks for mentioning Suzanne nylon Pakamacs, Sue. We have so much in common(to put it mildly!)q

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 3rd October 2018 at 21:16

Sue, mine was purchased brand new, December 1982, and is as good as new. I shall be publishing some pictures of it soon. Thanks for mentioning Suzanne.

Comment by: Susan on 3rd October 2018 at 08:00

Is the label readable in your Suzanne nylon Pakamac, Brian? I wish that I had photographed mine before I soaked the mac.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 27th September 2018 at 23:10

I have a "Suzanne" nylon mac too. Mmmmm!

Comment by: Susan on 27th September 2018 at 07:44

I recently bought a ladies genuine nylon Pakamac and just as I remembered and incidentally commented on here some years ago, the ladies macs were indeed given women's names for the style. There in one of the pockets was the label stating the style Suzanne. Also, there was a date, stating May 77. I can only assume that this was the production date. Unfortunately, I had broken one of my rules about buying clothing, the mac had been used before, many times. I never ever wear second hand but the lure of Suzanne was too irresistible. I consigned it to a soak in biological washing liquid and an antibacterial washing liquid overnight. Hanging in a stiff breeze the next day, the Pakamac dried in no time. The result? Beautiful. Stains gone and a pleasant aroma. Sadly, the pocket style tag had faded almost completely.

However, the Pakamac is an absolute delight to wear bringing back all the lovely memories of when I was younger and used to leave a shop in one, having just bought it new. In fact it was better, perfection indeed. The way it looks over a matching dress is fabulous. Buttoned to the neck, it feels and looks wonderful. It struck me too, just how well made they were and judging by the date, just how rubust they were compared to nylon macs of the 90s. Rather than just selling it on, it has become integral to my wardrobe, a favourite and one that I take everywhere.

Comment by: Hugh on 24th September 2018 at 23:31

Please guide me to Jean's photo's.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 24th September 2018 at 18:57

All pictures of Sue are fantastic. All pictures of Jean are fantastic.

Comment by: Old friend on 16th September 2018 at 20:21

Susan I saw a photo of you wearing a silver mac fantastic more please

Comment by: Hugh on 14th September 2018 at 08:10

Hello Plastic Pakamac. Please contact me on

Comment by: Plastic Pakamac on 13th September 2018 at 10:29

Hi, in the late sixties/early seventies my dad had one, I had the more usual plastic only sort.
I don't think he liked his that much, but it was practical and much stronger that the ones I had.
But for me, I just loved them, and still do, please email me if you would like to chat.
Plastic Pakamac.

Comment by: Jean on 7th September 2018 at 14:15

Does anyone know when Pakamac Ltd were producing their men's nylon reinforced PVC raincoats? I noticed that there was one for sale recently, on eBay.

Comment by: Susan on 6th September 2018 at 09:05

I bought all my lady's navy blue nylon macs from high street shops, up until about 12 years ago. After a while, there was no need to even try them on as the sizes were perfect. Fortunately, I still have a lot of them.

It must have been about 30 years since I bought one from C&A. Their styles used to be somewhat different to other shops.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 1st September 2018 at 21:10

Lots of lady's navy nylon macs on e-bay, so important for me.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 30th August 2018 at 22:02

I am so glad I bought most of my female macs in the 1980s-not least from C & A. This store was terrific.

Comment by: Beverley mr on 29th August 2018 at 15:18

wish i had bought up lots of plastic macs in 1980s when they were new for about 7 pounds. Bev.

Comment by: Hugh on 24th August 2018 at 19:00

Hopefully, Susan, it'll be someone like us.

Comment by: Susan on 24th August 2018 at 07:23

Well, I was unable to buy the plastic mac that I wanted so I'll have to go with the alternative. The one I wanted was a hardly worn genuine Pakamac in leopard print plastic. Did anyone else see it or bid on it on eBay? Why couldn't I buy it? Well, the final bid of £103 took it well out of my range.
Who is buying all these? Where are they disappearing off to, never to be seen again?

Comment by: Jean on 23rd August 2018 at 15:34

Heavens yes Brian, I am an incorrigible plastic mac and nylon mac wearer.

I think that I've been incredibly lucky to have bought three gents plastic macs this year at what would seem to me, cheap prices. If only I had the foresight to stock up on them 40 years ago! You know me though Brian, I couldn't have resisted wearing them.