Our Top 5 Collection Looks from New York and London

Our theme this week is inspired by New York and London Fashion weeks, with London Fashion Week drawing to a close on Tuesday. We’ve had a look for our top five Scottish looks within all of the catwalk shows.

Trina Turk

Trina Turk

We start with a fabulous men’s suit by Trina Turk from her Spring Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection titled “Pop Art Flower Mart” inspired by the fun of the LA Flower Mart. A wonderfully playful and bright collection with contrasting plains and some really interesting graphic prints, the collection has got us excited to pull out everything bright from our wardrobe in time for Spring 2015. This stylish blue and peach checked suit is a bold choice but the model looks great and even takes a quick selfie to show off his style, during the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion week catwalk all of the models had their iPhones at the ready to take selfies with people at the show. Bit like our Roslin tartan we think?

 

 

 

 

 

Novis

Novis

Our second look is from Novis in their Spring Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection the features white, blue and orange throughout with both some beautiful plain looks with bold graphic prints to contrast. Use our Erskine Black and White tartan to create this effect.  With a pop art vibe coming across in many of the prints due to the inspiration of Tom Wesselmann’s paintings. Repeated patterns featuring diamonds, stripes and checks as well as everyday objects such as fruit and birds transformed in to stunning prints. The style pictured is an elegant shirt dress with a white and black large scale windowpane check and contrasting orange collar and bow really setting the dress off to perfection.

 

 

 

 

 

Creatures of Comfort

Creatures of Comfort

The third of our looks comes from Creatures of Comfort’s Spring Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection. A collection full of pastel and earthy shades with fabrics including canvas and linen as well as a quirky cactus print adding detail to a collection predominately featuring plains. Inspired Our favorite look features a sleeveless shirt dress with a delicate pastel check and an interesting wrap around skirt. Create your own catwalk look with our pastel check tartans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICB

ICB

Our fourth look is from ICB’s Spring Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection with both neutral black and white tones as well as some bold plains. Described as sporty looks for the city girl the collection plays with the ideas of movement and oozing plaint which can be seen in the backdrop to the catwalk, this idea featured in some graphic floral prints which start to fade in to vertical stripes reminiscent of dripping paint yet in an elegant style. The look pictured is a daring sleeveless white top with large slits from both hips aiding the idea of movement above loose fitting suit trousers with a hand-drawn windowpane check featured throughout the collection. We have a new collection of tweeds call the Sloane Square collection perfect for creating city slick outfits.

 

 

 

 

Chole Sevigny x Opening Ceremony

Chole Sevigny

Our final look, a throw back to the Grunge tartan style of the 90′s designed by actress Chloe Sevigny for Opening ceremony. The collection was presented in an academic setting from the school uniform inspired collection with plenty ruffles thrown in as a playful girly element mixed with preppy stripes,mini skirts and dungarees. The look featured includes a baggy Tri-State-Represent with matching base ball cap with navy white and red mini skirt in an interesting design with extra longer fabric wrapping back around the sides of the skirt, almost making it look like a shirt being tied round the waist. Maybe we need to adjust the pattern for our tartan mini kilt to create this look?  Overall a very playful 90′s collection.

Light Coats for Lasses with Regina Magazine

Regina Magazine Cover

Regina Magazine

Regina Magazine chose our Women’s Tartan Jacket for their Light Coats for Lasses feature. Our Tartan Trench Coat and Women’s Longline Tartan Jacket look fabulous pictured in the Hay Modern Tartan and Patriot Modern Tartan.

The Wonderful Kate Middleton looks stunning pictured in her tartan jacket. We love the frock coat style she likes to wear so much that we’re in the process of creating our very own ‘Kate’ jacket inspired by the Duchess to add to our website.

We were very excited to hear the announcement last week that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a second baby. The birth of Prince George brought so much joy worldwide, that we can’t wait to see the new prince or princess, who once born will become fourth in line to the British Throne to succeed Queen Elizabeth.  We must make George’s little brother or sister a pair of tartan baby shoes, maybe in Kate’s own Strathearn tartan?

Another Royal has been doing great things this weekend with Prince Harry’s Invictus Games taking place in London. Inspiring stuff from our wounded warriors sending a very positive message about life beyond disability. Over 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in Athletics, Wheelchair Rugby, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Indoor Rowing, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Powerlifting and Swimming. The event was a celebration of resilience and passion….if you watched it then it certainly was.  We have always supported the Help for Heroes Charity through sales of the tartan on our website and the stories from the servicemen and women are a reminder of what some people give up to serve their country.

Check out our Ryder Cup collection with Home Deco Germany


Deco Home Germany - September - CoverDECO HOME Germany - SeptemberDeco Home Germany have gone Tartan crazy, with our Ryder Cup Cashmere Tartan Throw and Men’s Knee Length Tartan Jacket.

To mark the return of the Ryder Cup to the “Home of Golf” in 2014, the official Ryder Cup Tartan was launched late last year to commemorate the match at Gleneagles. Created by our local mill and internationally-renowned tartan designers, Lochcarron of Scotland, the bold tartan features four shades of blue inspired by the landscape of Scotland.  The design also incorporates white – a nod of the cap to the Saltire – Scotland’s national flag of St Andrew – and blue and gold to reflect the colours of the European flag.

Ryder Cup

With the Tournament now only two weeks away, our Ryder Cup golf fans are already stocking up on their kit and in the tartan collection we have a great selection of products, from ties to trousers and scarves to serapes, everything you need to celebrate the match in style.

Along with a gorgeous Vivienne Westwood bag Deco also chose our Men’s tartan jacket for their style feature, and whether you are looking for a Dinner jacket or Suit jacket we are here to help with sizing and fabric. It is sometimes hard to choose with the huge variety of both tartan and tweed fabric available. Our jackets are beautifully tailored, lined in a contrast colour and made in a top quality lightweight wool fabric woven in Scotland.

Mens Knee Length Jacket We might have to get some of those tartan plates for our office too. When guests arrive they are always quite overwhelmed by the sheer volume of tartan on the shelves so to serve biscuits on a tartan plate might be just too much!  Tartan is something you fall in love with – our customer’s buy a little bit and fall in love with the fabric or the colours.  The realisation of the difference looks you can create opens the floodgates to all sorts of outfits and home deco ideas. A very simple outfit or the most subtle interior decoration can be transformed with just a little bit of tartan or tweed. Go on give it a go!

 

Taking a look at Scottish Borders Towns

Duns Castle

This month we thought we would introduce some new themes to our blog post. So we start with a bit of a story about a few of the towns in the fabulous Scottish Borders area where we are based.  Let’s begin with Duns since that is our closest town and the home of ScotlandShop.  Duns is the county town of Berwickshire and is centered around it’s market square. Pop into Hugo’s if you want a delicious sit down lunch or Border Baguettes if you need to grab a yummy sandwich to take away.  Number 18 or Albany Vineyard are fab for gifts. For tourists Duns castle is a beautiful visit.  The 14th century castle is set within extensive grounds and home to a huge variety of local wildlife. The castle is a popular wedding venue with fantastic accommodation on offer, and a stunning back drop for wedding photos with the castle having been used for many photo shoots and even featuring in the 1997 film Mrs Brown.  Another fantastic place to visit is The Jim Clark Room, a small museum devoted to the life Formula One racing driver Jim Clark with an excellent collection of photographs, information and memorabilia. Brilliant for all car enthusiasts.

Argyle & Stripe Lambswool Cardigan

Hawick is the largest of the Border towns and has always been at the centre of the world’s cashmere industry with many shops within the town selling a large selection of it’s famous knitwear. Home to internationally renowned brands such as Pringle of Scotland, Lyle & Scott, Johnston’s of Elgin and Peter Scott we work closely with our local manufacturers to bring you some of the finest knitwear and accessories in the world.  The main event in Hawick is the annual Common Riding, a ceremony in which many of the towns residents ride out on horseback to check the town’s boundaries, as well as a huge celebration of the town’s youth being victorious over an English raid in 1514 in which they captured an English banner and proudly brought it back to the town. In 2007 Rough Guide described the Common Riding and one of the best parties in the world.


 

Barclay Dress Modern

Melrose is a beautiful town based in the valley next to the stunning Eildon Hills.  Within the town is Melrose Abbey in which Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried and much of the town’s history can be discovered. Melrose  is the birthplace of Rugby Sevens and every April the town is overwhelmed with rugby fans from around the world flocking to watch some fantastic rugby and enjoy the party afterwards. The game of Rugby Sevens has become a hugely followed international sport and having been part of the Commonwealth Games for many years it will now make it’s first appearance at the 2016 Olympic games. The Toon o the Rose has black and yellow as it’s colours and the Barclay Dress Modern tartan pictured here was worn by commentator and ex-international Scottish rugby star Doddie Weir at the Melrose 7s this year.  Another big event in the town’s calendar is Borders Book Festival again drawing huge crowds to the town with many famous authors and celebrities in attendance.


Jedburgh Abbey
Jedburgh is a beautiful little town close to the Border with England and home to many visitor attractions steeped in masses of history. At the top of the town is the Castle Jail & Museum with the museum showing life as the prisoners would have experienced in the 1800′s. As well as the the impressive castle is Jedburgh Abbey on the banks of Jed Water, part of the Border’s Abbey Trail. There is also Mary Queens of Scot’s House a home in which she visited in 1566 now a museum devoted to her life. The town has an annual event known as Hand Ba’ in which two teams decided by how you first entered the town try to run a small ball either up to the castle or down to the bottom of the high street, there are no boundaries to when the game can be played and many shop keeps choose to board up their shop windows to prevent any damage caused by the game. Jedburgh is also a renowned textiles and kilt making town but sadly victim to the many mill closures in the last few decades there are only a few small, specialist manufacturers left in the town. Below is the Bell of the Borders tartan, one of the lovely regional tartans created to celebrate the colours of the Scottish Borders.

Bell of the Borders

Peebles was crowned the most creative place of it’s size in Scotland this year and was given an award to help further enhance it’s festivals and other events. We’re very excited to see the impact of this on the town. Peebles plays host to part of the Tweedlove bike festival, with Glentress forest just outside of the town which is part of the 7 Stanes mounting biking centers across the south of Scotland, the town is very popular with cyclists having also had the Tour of Britain hold a stage through the town and beyond. Neighbouring tiny village Innerleithen was home to Ballantyne cashmere in until 1986, employing 470 local people and producing 4500 sweaters per week, most of which were destined for the USA, Japan, Italy and Hong Kong. Sadly due to pressure from cheap imports Ballantyne is no longer in operation and the loss of so many jobs in this rural area has had a huge effect on the local population.  When ScotlandShop was established ten years ago we wanted to work with the surviving local knitwear and textiles manufacturers to promote our fabulous products worldwide, safeguarding some of the remaining jobs in the industry. By shopping with us you are helping us to do this.  Our photoshoot last summer took place in Peebles and doesn’t Natalia’s Stewart Black tartan suit look great with the backdrop of the flags for the annual Beltane Festival.

Peebles

A Bonnie Big Tartan Bow with Brides Magazine

Brides September 2014 CoverBrides September 2014 CoverageBrides Magazine featured our Big Tartan Bow in their Bonnie Big Day feature.  Use it for flowers, to decorate the end of the pews or the backs of chairs (our favourite one is to use the bride’s family tartan on the back of her chair and the groom’s on the back of his), for the front of the wedding car or the entrance to your venue.

This year your favourite product has been the Tartan Handfasting ribbon. The ancient Celtic ritual of traditional hand-fasting ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular and using your family tartan to bind your hands adds an extra personal touch to the ceremony.

We love the Mr & Mrs cushions in the Brides feature and as we are asked more and more for embroidery and personalisation of products we will be adding more options on the website. Meantime you can always just request them on your order. We can do most things!  And as for the bolero jacket worn by the bride watch this space as we have one coming off the design table just in time for cool Autumn evenings.

Good Housekeeping go for a tartan picnic

Good Housekeeping August 2014 Cover Good Housekeeping magazine feature our Troon Bright Check Lambswool Rug in their August edition.

For Good Housekeeping, August was all about their ultimate picnic guide.  They’ve got some lovely Picnic-wear in the guide including their winning Cool box, Corkscrew and Flask that were declared winners after testing more than 30 bottles and filling 18 flasks with tea to find the essential ingredients for a fab picnic. Sounds like a nice job!

They included a brilliant home-made lemonade recipe which we’re dying to try in our office. Baking is a popular hobby with all of our staff with cakes and tray bake regularly making an appearance on our desks. And with the return of  The Great British Bake Off to our screens, as well as the the new BBC two spin-off, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, baking has become one of the main talking points within our office so far we’ve seen Cake week, Biscuit week and most recently Bread week we’re picking up some great ideas to use for our next picnic.

We did a quick office poll to see what the most popular cake, tray bake and sandwich ideas for a good old fashioned picnic would be. Lemon Drizzle and Battenberg were the champion cakes, Chocolate Crispy cakes and Caramel Shortbread our favourite choices of tray bake and Goats cheese & Sun-dried tomatoes and ham salad the top sandwich choices.

So with the picnic-wear,and picnic menu sorted, now just to find the perfect picnic spot.

Some of our favourite Scottish picnic locations are Arthur’s Seat in central Edinburgh a 251 meter peak that provides stunning views of the city centre, the track to the top of the peak has been a popular walk for a many years and will certainly work up your appetite.  Traquair House just south of Peebles is the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland and has wonderful grounds with some brilliant woodland walks a maze and  playground for the children to enjoy as well as a brewery for the adults. Our final suggestion is the beach, we’re lucky to have a few great spots close to our office with the most popular being Coldingham bay just north of Eyemouth.

We hope between Great Housekeeping and ourselves, we’ve helped come up with the Ultimate picnic guide. Get your tartan rug and pack that hamper!

 

Good Housekeeping August 2014 Coverage

Our Superb Women’s Kilt

Superb Magazine Women's KiltOur Women’s Kilt looks stunning in Superb. Magazine’s July Issue as part of  their Zephyr feature.

Casper Fitzhue‘s photography in this feature is incredibly eye catching with bold black and white images throughout. The photography really shows off our Women’s Kilt to perfection, and proves kilts aren’t only for men to enjoy.

The tartan featured in this issue is the MacQueen Modern a predominantly red tartan with black and yellow stripes throughout.

Women’s Kilt’s have become increasing popular in recent years both as a mini kilt and in a traditional style.  So exactly is a kilt made? Here’s our ten step guide to making a traditional kilt below.

Step One: Choosing your Tartan – There are over 500 Tartans to choose from on our website we have both Clan Tartans and Generic Tartans that can be worn by anyone if you are not associated with a particular Scottish Clan.

Step Two: Selecting your size – The measurements needed to make a kilt are Waist, Hip and Length, we have a handy sizing guide on our website to help with this.

Step Three: Preparing the Material – The material is laid out and measured ready to be transformed in to a kilt.

Step Four: Marking Out – This is when the pleats of the kilt are measured out, this has to be done very carefully so that the front of the kilt is nicely centred.

Step Five: Pleating – At this very intricate stage the fabric is pleated so that every pleat faces to the right, the depth of the pleat depends on the repeating pattern size or sett of your specific tartan.

Step Six: Adjusting Hip & Waist – Now that the Pleats have been pinned in place the difference between the hip and waist is adjusted by adding small darts, strategically placed around the kilt.

Step Seven: Stitching & Trimming Pleats – The pleats are now stitched in to place, and then the excess material can be trimmed.

Step Eight: Fringing – Fringing is applied to the front of the kilt.

Step Nine: Waistband & Lining – The waistband is now attached and stitched in to place to match up exactly with the rest of the tartan pattern.

Step Ten: Adding Buckles & Straps – The leather buckles and straps are added to the kilt to allow the kilt to be adjusted when worn. The pleats are given a press to keep them in place and then the kilt is ready to wear.

Making a kilt is a very skilled process and we a very grateful our local seamstresses have a wealth of experience when it comes to this process.

House Beautiful are Inspired by Scotland

House Beautiful September CoverHouse Beautiful September Coverage 1House Beautiful September Coverage 2 House Beautiful Magazine have turned to Scotland for Inspiration in their latest September Issue.

From restored castles to the changing colours of the Scottish countryside it’s clear that the inspiration for these top Scottish designers, including our very own Anna White comes right from their doorstep.

Inspired to support the local economy, Anna opened ScotlandShop in 2002, She’s married to a farmer so our office is based within an based in an old granary on the farm in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Borders is an area with a rich history in textile design, Anna was inspired by the history of our local people and their association to local weaving mills. A great place to find out more about the history of the weaving mills is the Borders Textile Towerhouse in the local town of Hawick, part of the fantastic Scottish Borders Textiles Trail.

People want tradition and old-fashioned quality teamed with modern design, and we’re aiming for just that. Our tartan is woven in local mills dotted across the whole Scottish Borders some of which feature within the Textiles Trail.

We love helping customers take a bit of family heritage and helping them create something truly unique and with over 500 tartans to choose from in our Tartan clothes and accessories range we make everything from Mens Tartan Suits, Trousers and Waistcoats to Womens Mini Kilts, Skirts and Jackets, along with tartan scarves ties, shoes and boots as well as our Childrens dresses, shorts and baby shoes, There really is something for the whole family!

To read more about how Anna was Inspired by Scotland just head to our website.

 

Sunday Express say ‘Well Plaid’ to the Commonwealth Games

Sunday Express S Magazine July 20th 2014 CoverSunday Express S Magazine featured our Commonwealth Games Tartan Rug in their July Issue.

The Commonwealth Games are now over, but the legacy of the games will live on for a lifetime and Glasgow can be proud of their hard won title for the “best games ever”. Makes us proud to be Scottish and as a company based on good service and friendly and helpful customer service it is great to see that the Games also delivered on that level and showed off all the best traits of the Scottish personality.

We were very pleased to see the Commonwealth Games tartan feature in the spectacular opening ceremony and you can even purchase some of these costumes in the official auction of items used during the games. If you loved the spinning Tunnock’s Teacakes or the enormous Loch Ness Monster these are also available!

Our Top three moments from the Opening ceremony include, The Scottish Ballet Piece set to the Proclaimers, The dancing Teacakes, and the Scottie Dogs leading in each country. We have even had customers buying tartan fabric so they can make their own tartan coats for their dog and apparently it is almost impossible to get your hands on a Scottie dog puppy following their rise to fame.

So we hope you enjoyed the 2014 Games as much as we did and long live the legacy….and the tartan!

Sunday Express S Magazine July 20th 2014 Coverage

 

 

The World Cup in Tartan – The ScotlandShop Round-up

World Cup tartan 2014

First of all big congratulations to Germany for their World Cup win. No German orders today we assume as you will all be out celebrating Gotze’s fabulous winning goal. I am not a huge football fan but even I can appreciate the composure required to control the ball and score that one.  So of course we have to write a topical blog to catch the final bit of World Cup fever and before we start the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
There are many photos of  the tartan army out enjoying the football in Brazil but we loved these ones of the World Cup tartan created by Clan Italia to celebrate the link between Scotland and Brazil through football and to mark the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games being awarded to Rio de Janeiro and the up and coming Fifa World Cup. New research has shown that it was actually a Scotsman who introduced the great game of football to Brazil. Keen footballer Donohue, a dye expert from Busby near Glasgow went to work in a factory in Bangu near Rio de Janeiro in 1893 and persuaded workers to play their first five-a-side game on a Sunday in April 1894.
We then got a bit nostalgic and had to include a photo of supporters from the 1978 World Cup and finally an image of the stamp that the Royal Mail created, but never actually produced, just in case Scotland pulled off a miracle and won the World Cup.  I love the optimism of Royal Mail and wish that first class stamps still cost 9p!