November 23 2009
Mark C O’Flaherty
There is life in the modern gent’s kilt beyond the Moss Bros hire package for Highland weddings and the avant-garde offerings of Comme des Garçons Homme Plus. I discovered Howie Nicholsby’s 21st Century Kilts atelier on a recent trip to Edinburgh, and ordered the most exquisite fine wool kilt for formal occasions on both sides of the border. Tweed (first picture), tartan (second picture), denim, pinstripe or black herringbone: Nicholsby creates the most meticulous made-to-measure attire with a contemporary twist (detachable pockets are optional).
Nicholsby, who has a rock-star clientele, is the son of the ultra-trad Scottish tailor Geoffrey, and branched out in January 2009 with his own made-to-measure kilt business. He’s been wearing kilt suits himself for 10 years, and is championing the look for every occasion, rather than just weddings. But if you are tying the knot in a kilt (and more than 80 per cent of Scots do), then there’s no finer place to get the perfect fit and quality.
Kilts start from £300 for machine-stitched and £400 for hand-sewn. Kilt suits start from £700.