first, a bit about the history of waxed cotton canvas.
waxed canvas is one of our favorite materials thanks to its ability to hold up to tough jobs and extreme weather conditions. its use can be traced back to the 1800s, when Scottish fishermen were battling the elements on the North Sea and found they could keep their sails from absorbing water when treated with linseed oil. think about ol' Poseidon showing no mercy of rain, wind and waves; so survival was dependent on great clothing. soon, those salty sea dogs were repurposing old sails into weatherproof outerwear. wax eventually became the treatment of choice for heavy-duty cotton canvas and the combination’s tough characteristics made it the standard material for workwear and military apparel. water-repellency & wind repellency discovery at its finest right there.
fast forward to present day and waxed cotton canvas is the #1 choice of material for Iron & Resin Outerwear. its ability to age like a fine whiskey - waxed cotton canvas literally takes on all the beautiful creases, scars, etc. from a road well travelled - is why we use it as a material in our outerwear jackets. from 2013 - 2020 we were using 10oz Martexin® Waxed Canvas in our very popular Rambler Jacket. it was the first waxed cotton canvas cut-and-sew-piece we ever created as a brand. we started making our right here in Southern California in 2013. for 2021, we've updated our material to 12oz British Millerain Co. Waxed Cotton. these textile experts were the pioneers of the development of waxed cotton, dating back to 1880.
in all, waxed cotton canvas is great for a wide range of outdoor uses