a business on its knees to one that today competes with the like of Marc Jacobs and Lanvin. Dunko is the glue that binds it all together, the one who has built up the brand by pushing it in Japan, Italy, France and the US while at the same time, from its base in Cumbernauld not Paris, Rome or Milan seeking out collaborations that have seen the 60 strong team making coats for the likes of Comme des Garcons, Gucci and Hermes. Not only do these collaborations bring in the funds to help Mackintosh develop its own line, they also provide a huge marketing platform. "In the 1970s the work was all uniforms for British Rail and the Metropolitan Police but they were going for cheaper alternatives. We had to build Mackintosh as a brand. "Dunko also realised the women's market was more lucrative than the men's.
boy Dunko, who had started as an apprentice coatmaker at the factory in 1983. By 1995, with the company about to go under, he was appointed sales director and within five years had bought it and become managing director. Inspired by the heritage of the product, he aspired for something beyond the factory floor and built it up from Womens Adidas Gazelle Og Trainers Sale
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"Men will buy one or two pieces every few years, but women like to vary colour and style, so from 2000 we moved more into ladies coats," he says. Admitting to owning between ten and 12 coats himself, today he's sporting a sharp blue wool jacket made in Shanghai by a Hong Kong tailor, highly polished English leather shoes and a Tag Heuer Carrera watch. It's not that he's flash or ostentatious, rather that he appreciates craftsmanship and design, and knows a good thing when he sees it. Unassuming in manner, yet passionate about the products made in his factory, he moves with ease Adidas Gazelle Claret Blue Suede Trainers between factory floor and board room, championing the artisans he includes himself among. The youngest of four sons born to a Ukranian father who arrived in Scotland at the end of the Second World War and a Scottish mother, Dunko was brought up in the new town and went to the local comprehensive. "My three brothers were brought up in Partick where my dad worked in construction, but we moved to Cumbernauld 44 years ago when I was one, to get a garden. It was great growing up here.
"In 2007 Mackintosh was bought by Tokyo firm Yagi Tsusho, which also owns Barbour, another heritage brand undergoing a revival. The investment has funded Mackintosh's new flagship standalone store in the prestigious Mount Street in London's Mayfair. Rubbing waterproofed shoulders with Louboutin, Balenciaga and Vivienne Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Bluebird
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