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Jolliman Summer Preview Catalogue OUT NOW!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014
The NEW Jolliman Summer Preview Catalogue is out now!

Featuring all of your favourite products in our Bestsellers Collection! To order a catalogue or shop online now, visit www.jolliman.co.uk/144

Garden Shoes for Rain or Shine

Thursday, 1 May 2014
With another bank holiday weekend imminent, it's no surprise that the outlook isn't so hot. The forecast may say cool with showers - but don't let that spoil your plans. Our Garden Shoes with non-slip soles are perfect for pottering in the backyard in rain or shine. Order before 12pm today with our express delivery service and you could have them in time for the weekend!

High Heels for Men!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Did you know high heels were originally worn by men? The earliest recorded instance of men, or women, wearing an elevated shoe comes from Persian riders.

High heeled shoes are often depicted in ancient Egyptian murals. Egyptian butchers wore them to avoid stepping in blood and offal. And they were adopted by Pharaohs and other nobles as a mark of power and for ceremonial purposes.

One Week Only Flash Sale: Regatta Classic Action Trousers just £10

Tuesday, 4 March 2014
For one week only you can buy Regatta Classic Action Trousers for just £10!

Available in bestselling beige, these hard-wearing, water repellent  trousers have:
1 zipped leg pocket
2 zipped back pockets
4 front pockets, 2 zipped

But hurry - this is end of line stock that the supplier is holding for us for one week, so all orders must be received by Tuesday 11th March 2014.

Jolliman Spring Preview OUT NOW!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The sun is shining on Jolliman HQ today. We'll enjoy it while it lasts. Just the perfect weather for our new Spring collection.

Visit our website now to shop for new mens knitwear, shirts, trousers and jackets. Of if you prefer you can request a Jolliman catalogue here.

Weekend Web Offer: Faux Suede Mule Slipper just £8, SAVE £5

Friday, 7 February 2014
TGI Friday - that must mean it's time for the weekend web offer!

Relax in comfort after a long day with these faux suede mule slippers. With a cushioned flatbed they're ideal for wearing around the house, or just slip them on to pop outside for a moment.

And for this weekend only you can buy them for just £8, SAVE £5!

But hurry, this offer is only available until midnight on Sunday 9th February 2014.

Thank Goodness for Waterproofs - The History of the Mac

Thursday, 6 February 2014
Unless you've booked a bit of winter sun, there's no escaping the grim weather we've had lately. Meteorologists are warning the worst is yet to come with another big storm predicted for Saturday. As Jolliman HQ is just off the seafront, we've taken a bit of a bashing - which got us thinking how grateful we are for an every day garment that we take for granted. The waterproof mac.

It was Glaswegian chemist, Charles MacIntosh (1766-1843), who first patented waterproof fabric. His experiments to find uses for the by-products of gas works waste led to his discovery that naptha, produced by the distillation of tar, could form a watertight seal when it was spread on two pieces of fabric which were then pressed together.

The first MacIntosh coat was sold in 1824 but in the beginning the new fabric was treated with suspicion. People feared it was unhealthy as it trapped perspiration. The strong odour of rubber, the inflexible nature of the fabric, as well as the tendency to melt in hot weather, presented MacIntosh with challenges to overcome if he were ever to make it successful. In 1830 he merged with a Manchester based clothing company run by Thomas Hancock who had also been experimenting with waterproof fabrics and who had patented a means of vulcanising rubber which solved many of the issues and made the fabric more wearable.

But it was a blue military cloak, lined with crimson silk, made for the Duke of York that finally shot the waterproof into the limelight. Suddenly everyone wanted one and the popularity of the mac was sealed.

Charles MacIntosh was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824 for his chemical discoveries and his namesake garment remains popular to this day.

At Jolliman we sell various incarnations of waterproof macs and coats, but we think Mr MacIntosh would have particularly liked our Highgrove Full Length Coat. With it's traditional styling, generous pockets and handsome lining it makes for smart and stylish protection.


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