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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 Old friend on 16th February 2019  

All the stories of Moms making there sons wear macs there used to be a lady called Anna who used to write on this blog complaining about her son who didn't want to wear his mac I would love to know what became of them.

Comments by Mactim on 16th February 2019 

Given all the interest in gaberdine mackintoshes maybe there should be a dedicated section on the Historyworld site?
Just like the Pakamac there were some very well known manufacturers of school gaberdine mackintoshes including Robert Hirst and Sartor. Similar to the iconiic Pakamac advertisement at the top of this page, there are similar advertisements for the Robert Hirst school mackintoshes which date back to the 1960ís.
I estimate that during the 50ís 60ís and 70ís that many thousands of school mackintoshes were produced, I wonder where they all went as they very rarely appear on e bay these days?

Comments by Mactim on 16th February 2019 

Please feel free to e mail directly as it seems like we had similar experiences with our gaberdine mackintoshes during our school days.

Comments by Beverly mr on 16th February 2019 

Way back in 1950's my home looked out on to a row of shops. local school girls used to meet up there on way to school. loved wet days as they were all wearing pakamacs Beverly Mr

Comments by Beverly on 15th February 2019 

Hello all, love reading about your mums making you wear your gabardine school mackintoshes. Like to hear more.Many years ago when i was at school lot of boys and girls thought it sissy to wear a mackintosh. Seems most that had their mackintoshes on a lot were ones with strict parents that made them wear there mackintoshes. Sadly not in my case . Beverly Mr.

Comments by Gaberdinemack on 15th February 2019 

Hi, a friend has just told me about this forum so I thought that Iíd add my little bit. Anyone who looks at my nickname will realise that my passion is for the genuine school regulation gaberdine mackintoshes with girls hoods. Although my mother did it me a plastic Mack when I was at school. It didnít last long as the buttons tore through.
I wore a navy blue gaberdine from when I was 4 until I left school at 17. I loved the warmth and security that it gave me. Although I was at boarding school I still wore my gaberdine at every opportunity. There was no one to force me to do it up properly but I always had it fully buttoned and belted and in the senior school I added a girls hood when my mother bought me a new 46Ē length new gaberdine. Iíve got two now both days interlinked in rubber, 52Ē long. Hoods of course.

Comments by Jonathan on 15th February 2019  

Hi Mactim

I suspect our mother's were very much alike - traditional and no nonsense? It was quite embarrassing to have to wear a pakamac and gaberdine mackintosh in my teens in the mid 80s when all my peers were wearing contemporary coats and jackets. She was overly protective I suppose, and wouldn't accept any disobedience on my part in wearing my macs , but that's a whole different story.


Comments by Mactim on 14th February 2019 

Jonathon, it seems like both our motherís had very similar principals as to how our school gaberdine mackintoshes were to be worn. Like you my mackintosh had to always be correctly belted and buttoned up and i recall that my pakamac was to be worn to keep my mackintosh both dry and clean. My mother did nít like to see any any stains or splatters of mud on my mackintosh but with my pakamac she did nít mind as they could be easily wiped off. My sister was the same height as me and on occasions I would borrow her Pakamac as it had a hood and I liked having the hood up on really cold and wet days it kept my head warm and dry and with my mackintosh underneath I felt very snug. I never know why you were considered to be a ďsissyĒ in those days if boys wore hooded mackintoshes or hooded pakamacs as nowadays all anoraks male or female have hoods .i used to envy my sister with her hooded gaberdine mackintosh which I always wanted to but never dared to borrow but I did occasionally try it on at home!.

Comments by PlasticPakamac on 13th February 2019 

Oh how wonderful to see there are still others who recall their memories of Pakamac Rainwear at school, especially those whose parents insisted upon a strict dress regime, which I too had to adhere to.
For my mum always made sure I had my Pakamac with me, wherever I went, even on sunny days, telling me it may rain, or even a summer thunderstorm. Of course I soon got used to that, which I didnít mind at all, even though I pretended not to like it.
For I was rather secretive about wearing my Pakamac, which was always a plastic one, for it had a rather cosy protecting feeling for me. One that has never gone away, hence my collection of Genuine Pakamac Plastic Rainwear.
But anyway, itís so nice to see there are others who feel the same way, be it plastic, nylon, or gabardine. However, I never really liked rubber ones, the aroma was just too offensive for me, but as I said before, each to his or her own.
Best wishes to you all, Plastic Pakamac.

Comments by Jonathan on 12th February 2019  

So interesting to hear from Mactim about his time in school. This resonates heavily with me . My own clothing for both school and outside school included a navy gaberdine mackintosh which my somewhat traditional mother insisted I should wear belted tightly, and buttoned to the neck. Always and with no exceptions.

And when it rained heavily or persistently I was always required to wear my full length nylon pakamac buttoned to the neck. My own pakamac was always a couple of inches longer than the gaberdine mackintosh meaning there was no chance for the hem of the gaberdine to get wet or grubby.

I well remember even now, almost 35 years later, being marched (yes... marched) to the outfitter at the age of 16 or 17 for a new gaberdine mackintosh and pakamac, when all the other boys were wearing anoraks or cagoules. And having to wear them until well past my 18th birthday.

Would love to chat further about similar experiences

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 11th February 2019 

Thank you for your clarification Mactim, and I do now understand, so each to his or her, own.
But anyway, I can never forget the soft smoothness of a proper Pakamac plastic raincoat, not the textured sort that so many manufacturers provide, but the genuine Pakamac ones I was brought up with, which will always be my favourites, no matter what else I may wear, as I often do.
Best wishes. Plastic Pakamac.

Comments by Mactim on 11th February 2019 

Whilst gaberdine mackintoshes were the regulation coat to be worn at my school, a pakamac was optional . Unfortunately the gaberdine mackintosh on a walk to or from school on a very wet day was not completely waterproof unlike a Pakamac as you know. The gaberdine could get get a big damp whereas if the Pakamac was correctly done up no rain would get through. The combination of a gaberdine mackintosh and a Pakamac would keep me really warm and still does today as I still like wearing a plastic Mac over either my Burberry gaberdine mackintosh or one of my rubberised mackintoshes. As you know old habits donít go away!

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 9th February 2019 

At my school, Manchester Grammar, we never had Gabardine raincoats, but in the mid sixties the preferred school outfitter in central Manchester would include a filmy grey plastic Pakamac in the blazer pocket as part of the uniform. And needless to say, I would wear mine as much as I could. Not everyone wore them, some even discarded them, but I always wore mine, and still do.
But, to me anyway, why wear an already waterproof gabardine raincoat under a Pakamac plastic one, perhaps Mactim could help us to understand, for to me anyway,a Pakamac plastic raincoat is far more waterproof than a Gabardine one? However, a Gabardine raincoat was rather more stylish, but I still prefer my genuine Pakamac one.

Comments by mactim on 8th February 2019 

Does anyone remember the days when Pakamac's where worn over your school uniform?
I always remember that my sister and ! were made to wear our Pakamcs over our gaberdine school raincoats on rainy days.
My Pakamac was longer than my school raincoat ,so that my gaberdine raincoat never got wet .
I used to keep my Pakamac was always neatly folded up in my School satchel.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 7th February 2019  

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

Comments by PlasticPakamac on 5th February 2019 

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 Iíd 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.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 28th January 2019  

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

Comments by Old friend on 17th December 2018  

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

Comments by PlasticPakamac on 20th November 2018 

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.

Comments by ALAN BEAN on 19th November 2018  

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.

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Comments by David Ashman on 28th October 2018 

why 2015

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 26th October 2018 

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.

Comments by ALAN BEAN on 23rd October 2018  

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

Comments by Susan on 18th October 2018

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

Comments by Old friend on 8th October 2018  

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

Comments by Brian Humphries on 3rd October 2018  

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

Comments by Brian Humphries on 3rd October 2018  

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.

Comments by Susan on 3rd October 2018

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

Comments by Brian Humphries on 27th September 2018  

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

Comments by Susan on 27th September 2018

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.

Comments by Hugh on 24th September 2018 

Please guide me to Jean's photo's.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 24th September 2018  

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

Comments by Old friend on 16th September 2018  

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

Comments by Hugh on 14th September 2018 

Hello Plastic Pakamac. Please contact me on

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 13th September 2018 

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.

Comments by Jean on 7th September 2018  

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.

Comments by Susan on 6th September 2018

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.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 1st September 2018  

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

Comments by Brian Humphries on 30th August 2018  

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

Comments by Beverley mr on 29th August 2018  

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

Comments by Hugh on 24th August 2018 

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

Comments by Susan on 24th August 2018

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?

Comments by Jean on 23rd August 2018  

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.

Comments by Susan on 23rd August 2018

You are indeed correct Brian. I've already ordered a new plastic mac on eBay, which should arrive next week. As well as that, I have my eye on another plastic mac. If that bid is unsuccessful, I have a back-up option that I'll order later.

I agree Jeff and Ken, those prices are a bit steep. If it's any consolation, I paid over £80 for a much sought after plastic cape, some 10 plus years ago. Yes Brian, I am incorrigible.

Comments by Jeff on 16th August 2018  

Hi Ken, I agree, the total cost is extortionate. Long gone are the days when you could buy a plastic mac for 17s/6d. PVC-U-Like make a gent's plastic raincoat but they are about £50 plus the postage.

Comments by Ken on 15th August 2018  

Hi again Jeff found them Mac's but the postage is double the price of the Mac ridiculous

Comments by Ken on 15th August 2018  

Hi Jeff many thanks I will Google them they sound like paradise lost

Comments by Brian Humphries on 14th August 2018  

Thanks for the response, Jeff! I have 3 male Jeantex plastic macs, all dark blue, with a violet tinge, and a delightfully rubbery texture. When held to the light, they are slightly translucent.

I also have a lady's Jeantex mac, and this is indeed clear and natural. It is beautifully oversized too, ideal for outdoor use-and dating!

Soon be autumn, and the season for wearing nylon macs-and, oh dear, I will be ordering more-just like my friends Sue and Jean. We are incorrigible-and we just love it!

Comments by Jeff on 14th August 2018  

Hi Ken, they are really nice macs, I have 3 of the "Toni style" raincoats as well as a Jeantex "Frank style" hooded jacket and a Jeantex see-through poncho. Unfortunately, I suspect that Jeantex no longer make any see-through plastic rainwear although I may be wrong. However, there are similar items manufactured under the brand name "Pro-X Elements". Their styles are "Fred", which is a gent's raincoat, "Bess", which is a ladies raincoat and "Dublin" which is a unisex poncho. It seems that these items are only available from Germany and postage makes them quite expensive. Try googling "Jeantex Toni", you may be lucky. Also, try googling "Pro-x Elements Fred" or "Pro-x Elements Dublin". Hope this helps, Jeff.