Mackenzie on Film: Behind the Hide

The Edinburgh Festival is on hold this year, but in our Old Town workshop we've seen lights, camera, action! This August we bring you our on-screen contribution to the most creative month of the year with a new backstage series from Mackenzie on Film... Leathercraft is a industry that can often lie quietly under the modern day radar. If you're reading this blog, then chances are you have a closer understanding than most - but do you know the variety...

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Come on in: We’re Open!

As lockdown eases across Scotland, our showroom doors are re-opening to the public. With a few new ways to experience retail in-store, find us in the heart of Old Town, continuing our traditional trade in these historic times.   Summer is off to a great start (by 2020 standards) as we were finally able to reopen our showroom doors to the public on Monday! There may be no Fringe this year, but the strength and spirit of our local communities has...

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Master Craftsman, Simon, in the Mackenzie Leather Edinburgh traditional workshop

Mackenzie on Film: How to care for your leather bag

The doors to our showroom remain closed on lockdown, but the season of spring cleaning is here.  In the first of our new film series, we bring you a Mackenzie insight from our workshop to your home. So grab a cloth - it's time to look after your leather! It's a lockdown law. The natural urge to act on the annual Spring clean has been amplified by this year's stay at home restrictions, forcing many of us to finally see...

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May the month bloom: Spring is here!

   "The world's favourite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May.” -  Edwin Way Teale   Over the recent weeks our attention as a nation has been firmly fixed on the developing Coronavirus situation, both here and across the globe. As the anxiety and concern surrounding such a widespread pandemic has been consuming us all, the dawn of a new month and the arrival of a fresh season begins to sail in a ship of hope to many of us looking...

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COVID-19: How to support Mackenzie Leather.

As one of the many independent and non-essential businesses with closed shopfront doors, our future is uncertain. Read our top 3 ideas on how you can safely support us, and other brands like ours, during this unsettling time. What a difference a month makes. From the expected joys of Mothering Sunday in our March blog, to the fear of facing a global pandemic in April. With our first concern being the health of our loved ones, our craftsmen and the...

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Guide: A Mackenzie Mother’s Day

  March is the month for Mother’s, celebrating the wonderful women in our lives with breakfast in bed and a blooming bouquet of daffodils. If you’ve been thinking of treating the mum in your life to something extra special this year - we’ve got you covered with our inspirational pick of the best Mother’s Day bunch from Mackenzie. In a similar fashion to shoes, bags are often poorly associated with female consumer stereotypes. Hoarded and hidden, the handbag can lose...

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History of: The Gladstone

It’s an icon. A bag full of character and crafted by our talented team year on year. But where did the design come from? And how did it become so popular? This month we take a look at the History of: (our most beloved) Gladstone. The Leather Gladstone and it’s compact companion, The Gladstonette, have been firm favourites of the Mackenzie collection since we established our trade back in 1990. Sometimes known as a Doctor’s or Physician bag, our original...

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Introducing: St Mary’s Street Makers

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker – an age old definition of a flourishing hub of local business. Our leather craft workshop in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh just so happens to have some intriguing next-door neighbours who also master in ancient trades. Together, we’re redefining the famous trio of artisan to bring a contemporary place of interest for visitors to the capital –Welcome to St Mary’s Street Makers.Illustration by @EdinburghSketcherBagpipes, Kilts and handmade Leather Sporrans. Our St...

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Guide: How to care for your Mackenzie bag

Although our products are designed to endure the years, you may want to follow our simple care guide to ensure your Mackenzie Leather lasts a lifetime. Our leather bags are the product of meticulous skill. Each piece is crafted by hand, by man not machine. As you may have already realised, we pride ourselves in only using the finest material, to ensure every single piece crafted in our workshop is of the best quality. Although leather is renowned for enduring...

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History of: The Sporran

[ultimate_spacer height="40"] [ultimate_spacer height="40"] 'Is he wearing a skirt?' Technically yes but the proper name for it is a kilt. For someone like me, born and bred in Scotland, it's a vital piece of clothing that comes in many forms of tartan such as Campbell, Graham and McLean, to name a few. On the kilt, you may notice a "wee pouch," and that is called the Sporran. You may ask yourself where did it come from, and why do people use it? Let's...

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