Where it began
Launched in 2014, Protected Species began its journey engineering performance-led rainwear incorporating a minimalist aesthetic. With timeless womenswear in mind, founders Anne Muir and Rebecca Mcelligot set about creating versatile raincoats you can wear whether it’s raining or not; all with stylish ease.
The story started as Anne became increasingly frustrated by the lack of beautiful rainwear available. Pushing her baby’s pram through the streets of Glasgow one rainy afternoon, she sought an impactful outerwear piece which would suit the day-to-day activities of a busy woman.
Focusing on versatile flexibility and high spec technical performance features, they wanted to design a waterproof raincoat that could be worn anywhere. Spending two years developing and testing a product which would perfectly infuse iconic British design with contemporary rainwear technology, Protected Species was born.
As a dedicated runner, outdoor enthusiast and scientist, Anne’s vision has always encompassed multifunctional versatility. Originally a scientist, she’s worked alongside some of the sharpest entrepreneurial minds in the world of science and innovation. With her role commercialising product ideas from universities, Anne has a technological skillset reaching far and wide.
With Protected Species jackets designed to withstand unpredictable elements, Rebecca’s background in performance wear is a perfect fit. Training at the London College of Fashion originally, a career in sportswear and technical clothing development followed. Managing product collections for a major global golf brand, Rebecca gained extensive experience in this field. Developing innovative fabrics, she created sportswear for serious athletic performance, including products to withstand torrential rain and golf course terrain.
What we believe in
Here at Protected Species, versatile longevity, ethical manufacturing and sleek style are at the heart of our core values. We create waterproof raincoats engineered to stand the test of time, guiding our customers away from fast fashion. Multifunctional and impactful, the range is clean and sophisticated. Ideal for layering, fluid silhouettes provide a flattering shape and showcase timeless designs with a twist.
We’re proud our rainwear has taken a considered design process to produce, resulting in innovative garments suiting multipurpose wear. The antithesis of a throwaway culture, our passion lies in delivering beautiful performance-led designs built for your busy lifestyle.
Combining expert quality and minimalist modern style, discover contemporary raincoats that last a lifetime.
Our Partners and Responsibility
Our key partners are female entrepreneurs in the Far East who run a manufacturing base and fabric mill. Carrie, the manufacturing base owner, is a young entrepreneur on a mission to empower locals with social responsibility principles and enforce the importance of ethical, skilled labour. In turn this creates regeneration, and ties in perfectly with our passion for sustainability, longevity and an ecological ethos.
Carrie’s use of local, skilled labour ensures her workforce are employed close to their families. Her cutting-edge operations include laser cutting skills and heat welding devices resulting in the signature Protected Species style. This excellent quality takes time to create, with our raincoats crafted to last.
Our Fabric Mill
Our fabric mill is a pioneering business specialising only in waterproof fabrics and based on environmentally sound principles. They adopt eco-friendly elements throughout which are recycled, renewable and chemically optimised to provide long-lasting low pollution characteristics without compromising on quality. They use eco energy, eco materials and eco engineering. They are Oeketex standard, Blue Sign certified, declare their carbon footprint and have all the testing required to show that no harmful substances are used or released into the environment. They have excellent CSR programmes, supporting after-school programmes and local hospitals, and ensure all employees are valued, highly trained, safe and supported.