The Baltic Works site in Dundee has been manufacturing textiles since 1864, beginning life as a Jute mill and soon evolving into Dyeing and Finishing. Halley Stevensons (formerly Francis Stevensons) have pioneered the development of waxed cotton to this day, with the first patent being awarded in 1910, for "cleaning and water-proofing textiles". With over a 150 years of experience, they create many thousands of meters of waxed cotton every year, with each roll produced to custom specifications. The beauty of waxed cotton is its durability and longevity, it is built to last. The fabrics are breathable, the wax adjusting to ambient temperature to be softer/more breathable in warm weather and stiffer/more wind proof in cold conditions. Its proofing can be maintained by the end user, by applying wax into the surface, keeping it soft, supple and weather-resistant. The densely woven cotton is strong and reliable, while the finish ensures that the fabric looks better with age. The wax naturally picks up marks and creases through use, which adds to the character of the fabric itself. Garments continually adapt to the wearers personality, creating unique, one-of-a-kind products.
Oilskin jackets, typically worn by sailors, are water repellent due to its oil treated cotton. Hence this breathable jacket can be used both as your everyday jacket and your raincoat. Oilskin is sensitive and everyday usage will leave traces on the textile, so expect the jacket with a patina - that tells a story. Delivered with extra wax, so you can treat it regularly.