The evolution of Waxed Cotton began in the early 19th century – when sailors, seeking protection from icy spray and high winds, treated old linen sailcloth with linseed oil to create simple smocks.
Technical and industrial innovations across the 19th and 20th centuries, saw changes to both the fabric and the treatment – from linen and linseed oil to cotton and paraffin wax. The result is an even more durable and even more breathable fabric, with the quality and character to make it a popular choice across a range of markets.
Waxed Cotton has long been an icon of the outdoors: not only on the world's oceans, but also on our riverbanks, farms and forests. With the rise of motorcycling, Waxed Cotton had many high-profile customers, with the stars of the day wearing waxed jackets for comfort and protection.
Today, it's not just the performance that appeals to so many people – but the appearance. You'll still find waxed jackets on farmers, hunters and fishermen, but the Waxed Cotton look has gone much further – you'll now see it on shoes and on bags, at music festivals, on the city streets and in the mainstream.