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Issue 94 - Tartan & Tweed

Scotland Magazine Issue 94
September 2017


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Tartan & Tweed

We've visited some of our favourite Scottish outfitters

1. Gordon Nicolson
In April 2009, Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers opened their store in Canongate, Edinburgh. The emphasis of their store was the quality of their kiltmaking and, because of this, Gordon employed a hand-picked team of trained kiltmakers. All were passionate about the craftsmanship and heritage that was woven into every kilt. After noticing a decline in quality kilts elsewhere, Gordon set to work on his long-term dream – to provide a educational course where people could learn how to make kilts of an exceptionally high standard. This was the beginning of the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy. This year, Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers have also celebrated the honour of designing the Scottish National Football Team tartan. Thousands of fans voted on a selection of designs and the winning design was woven at the acclaimed Lochcarron of Scotland. Gordon has also created other bespoke tartans for The University of Edinburgh, John Muir Way and Flodden. Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers value well-made goods that are ethically sourced in Scotland. This goes for their selection of bespoke tweed jackets too – each one is made to fit every customer perfectly.

189 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN
+44 (0) 1315 582 887

2. Dunmore Scotland

Saddened by the news of the closure of yet another textile mill in the Scottish Borders, Diane Ness was inspired to do something to support the textile industry in Scotland. She decided to set up a company that would combine her love of handbags with the long-celebrated history of Scottish textiles and manufacturing. Five years on, that idea borne of frustration is now Dunmore Scotland, a thriving luxury goods business that celebrates all that is great about Scottish style. Every piece in the Dunmore Scotland collections is inspired by, designed and made in Scotland. Working with small Scottish companies – many of which have generations of textiles experience – Diane and the Dunmore team have created a range of elegant Scottish pieces that celebrate the rich textile heritage of Scotland. Classic Harris Tweed tones fit happily alongside brighter modern colours and an ever-changing range of tartans to create a collection of handbags, satchels and accessories with a Scottish twist. Dunmore use authentic Harris Tweed bought directly from weavers on Harris and Lewis and their tartans are sourced from long-standing companies within Scotland.

Cairn Muir, Medwyn Road, West Linton, Peebleshire, EH46 7HA
+44 (0) 1968 660 078

3. Kinloch Anderson

For almost a century and a half, the family-owned firm of Kinloch Anderson, bespoke tailors, Royal Warrant Holders, kilt makers and purveyors of tartan and Highland dress, has resolutely remained true to its principal values – those of excellence and quality. When you visit the company's headquarters, workroom and shop in Edinburgh's Port of Leith, search online, or find yourself in any of the Kinloch2 outlets in Korea, you are instantly aware that the products being retailed are the best of the best. It all began in the mid-19th Century with a successful tailoring business run by William Anderson and his two sons. In 1868, with an upturn in demand, they formed a limited company and opened a prestigious shop in Edinburgh's George Street. By 1903, they had been invited to supply the Royal Family of King Edward VIII. Today, at Kinloch Anderson's shop and showroom in Leith, there is a fascinating Heritage Room where you can look through a window into the workroom and see bespoke garments in the process of being made. When you buy from Kinloch Anderson you can be assured that you are buying Scottish haute couture at the top of the range.

4 Dock Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6EY
+44 (0) 1315 551 390

4. The House of Bruar

Known as the ‘Harrods of the North’, The House of Bruar showcases the very best in luxury Scottish country clothing, fresh produce, fine art and homewares at its 11-acre site just off the A9, north of Pitlochry. Today, the company – which opened its doors in 1995 and takes its name from the spectacular Falls of Bruar – is a unique retail destination that encompasses expansive ladieswear and menswear halls; a food hall complete with restaurant, delicatessen and award-winning butchery; a rural art gallery featuring works from some of the UK’s finest wildlife artists; and a fishing department staffed by knowledgeable angling experts. Since its opening 22 years ago, the store has gone from strength to strength and has had 30 extensions to its grand Victorian sporting lodge-style main building. The company now welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year, from passing tourists picking up toffee to country sports fans preparing for the shooting or fishing season.

Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland, PH18 5TW
+44 (0) 1796 483 236

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