GROUNDED IN HISTORY
TACTICAL HERITAGE OF THE YELLOW RAIN JACKET
The earliest yellow rain jacket can be traced back to a linen mill along the coast of Scotland. The iconic yellow rainwear was an unintentional side effect of early waterproofing methods. Flax oil was painted onto sailcloth which were initially made into oilskin capes or ‘slickers’. They discoloured to a yellow as the fabric aged, and became synonymous to the first fishermen who wore them. Years passed, newer textiles were developed for rainwear, but the yellow colouring stuck. It was ideal for increasing the visibility of the fishermen in the event of fog, stormy seas, or if they went overboard.