Voted one of ‘The 10 Best Independent Shops In Edinburgh’ by The Guardian, 21st Century Kilts is a designer boutique specializing in bespoke kilts. Howie Nicholsby, the man behind the magic, started the business in 1996 before launching it in 1999 at London Men’s Fashion Week. A deftly skilled master of his craft, Nicholsby firmly believes that kilts make for wearable, every-day clothing. From gold and purple denim to camouflage, leather and pinstripe, this Scottish boutique is hands down the most stylish spot for an innovative version of a classic. Make sure to book an appointment with Howie, who sees every client personally (a minimum of 1-2 hours is required). Always standing out from the crowd, it is no surprise that GQ, Vogue Italia, and NY Observer continuously sing his praises.
21st Century Kilts, 48 Thistle St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 220 9450
Those like a deer in headlights when choosing a tartan and the accompanying get-up should make a beeline for Slanj. You will never look back. The marvels inside can match any sock to any jacket and are much-appreciated fountains of knowledge when it comes to traditional Scottish Highland wear. Once more, they have a smashing selection of tweed jackets in a fantastic array of colours, an enviable selection of kilts, hilariously charming Scottish tee shirts, and enough trews to keep you going. From Sean Connery in the Blackwatch tartan dinner jacket and Mike Myers in the best-selling ‘Superlion’ tee to Billy Connolly in an endless amount of suits and kilts (including his Tickety Boo suit featured in Madame Tussauds) and Kings Of Leon drummer in a kilt, Slanj has quite the reputation.
Slanj, 14 St Mary’s St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 557 1666
Established in 1971, Geoffrey (Tailor) is a family run business with an extensive knowledge and background when it comes to the art of kilt making. Geoffrey, who qualified as a Master Tailor in 1969, is a graduate of the Tailor & Cutting Academy in London. This, and the fact that his mother was a kilt maker during World War II, prove that such a métier was written in the stars for Geoffrey since the beginning. From traditional kilts to contemporary styles, Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers could conjure up kilts in their sleep. The service is second to none, too.
Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmakers, 57-59 High St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 557 0256