The origin of Mackintosh dates back to the invention of the Mackintosh Cloth by Charles Mackintosh in 1823. People experienced difficulty protecting themselves from the elements because there were few waterproof garments. The invention of the rubberized cloth by Charles Mackintosh changed this. The cloth is produced by spreading liquid, natural rubber between two fabrics, pressed and heated. The Mackintosh tradition still persists and the company still produces this manmade cloth for their outerwear.