“Oilskins and a sou’wester. Barnacles in the pockets and salt encrusting the veins.” THE HISTORY OF OILSKINS.
Superior waterproof protective garments. Inspired by history. Built for the extremes.
Like many pieces of outerwear, the oilskin was born out of necessity. Life was tough for those on board ship. Every day, sailors pitted themselves against the havoc and the fury of the high seas.
In the early 19th century, sailors began to smear themselves with oil for protection against the extremes. It wasn’t truly waterproof but it kept them dry, after a fashion. *Until one day, a young Scottish sailor, Edward Le Roy, discovered better. Painting worn-out sail canvas with linseed oil and tar, he recycled the fabric as outerwear. The new garments became so waterproof they could withstand even the harshest of on-deck weather conditions.
And so, the oilskin was born.