London Public

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Nick York
Posts: 24
Joined: July 30th, 2016, 11:29 am
Location: North Yorkshire, England

Re: London Public

Post by Nick York » November 3rd, 2016, 8:16 pm

I regularly wear one of several rubberised riding mackintoshes out and about. I lived and worked in London for over thirty years and still spend a fair amount of time there even though my home is now York. London is, for obvious reasons, the most likely place to spot other rubber/PVC/plastic wearers and it's always a treat to respond to the "Where did you get that mack?" questions. Eighteen months ago, I was travelling from Victoria to Richmond on the District Line with an even bolder friend who was firmly secured in his full-length SBR mack while I had a white riding mack on; a young guy in suit and tie boarded seconds after us and saw us standing by the opposite doors, his eyes came out on stalks and he was very red faced as he came straight over, looked us up and down and, with a beaming smile, said, "Love your waterproofs, gentlemen!" It was pouring down and all he had was a golf umbrella, I couldn't resist saying, "How about swapping the gamp for one of our mackintoshes?" Another beaming smile before he said, "Ooh, yes please!" Sadly he alighted at Sloane Square but we got a nice wave and a fixed stare as he remained on the platform and our train pulled out.
The important thing is to wear the gear we love with confidence and not to hide in the shadows. I'm often mackintoshed in Ripon, Harrogate and Wetherby as well as York and when glances or approaches come, they're genuinely complimentary and so often involve people saying they used to have a mack and didn't realize they were still available. I've no hesitation in recommending "Weather Vain" but searching online for just riding mac is a double-edged sword when many site options come up which would put many folk off the idea. We only live once - wear your waterproofs with pride and elan and don't be afraid to show your pleasure - if it's cold but fine and sunny, put on your mackintosh/rainsuit/plastic mack and enjoy.

rubbermac
Posts: 162
Joined: January 17th, 2010, 1:01 pm
Location: Doncaster

Re: London Public

Post by rubbermac » November 5th, 2016, 12:22 pm

i often wear my Yellow Rubber Friesennerz out and about in Doncaster,and do get some stares but also quite a few compliments....Its just about taking that first step,and not really caring what others think.

latexloo
Posts: 128
Joined: January 20th, 2010, 8:26 am

Re: London Public

Post by latexloo » November 14th, 2016, 8:20 am

@ Nick York, thank you for your wonderful posting, it is very inspiring. At the end of the day it is just the material that is different, if worn in the right manner it acts as it is duely intended, ie a raincoat.

latexloo
Posts: 128
Joined: January 20th, 2010, 8:26 am

Re: London Public

Post by latexloo » December 21st, 2016, 8:01 am

I am going rto be out and about in the West End of London tomorrow daytime (22/12/16), I will be wearing shiny hunters and a shiny raincoat as a minimum, maybe shiny rain trousers as well if I am feeling brave. It would be wonderful is anyone else is around to meet up dressed in a similar rainwear theme.
Heres hoping........Ian

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