Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Wed, March 04, 2015 08:31:07
ago an American, Steven Villegas, launched his Utilikilt and founded his company,
Utilikilts.com in Seattle, USA. It meant
kind of revolution, and in the meantime the brand Utilikilt has gained icon status
– is THE modern kilt, so to speak and if you today want the ‘real’ thing you
must be prepared to pay over $200 for it.
If you are an EU-resident duty tax and VAT come on top and you are exceeding what
equals 300 €.
A few years
ago most affordable utility kilts, primarily made by numerous small enterprises
in the city of Sialkot in Northern Pakistan started popping up, however, and now
kilt shops in America and Europe are selling these non-branded utility kilts.
Some are only available in the standard 24” length; with others you have a
choice. They not only come in many different colors; but also in various
designs. £40 or the equivalent might be what it takes.
You can learn more about utility kilts here:
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Mon, July 14, 2014 04:58:41
For the Scottish
participants of the upcoming Commonwealth Games a special orange/light blue tartan
has been created. It is to be used for kilts to be
worn by the men and for capes for the women during the opening ceremony.
with the kilt the men will wear patterned light blue shirts – equalizing the
dresses for the female participants – yellow/brownish kilt hose, flashes in the
kilt tartan, and brown sporrans and shoes, but, unfortunately, no belt and
Commonwealth Games Opening
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Thu, May 08, 2014 03:50:32
ago I read that at least 2.000 different tartans were registered. 2.000 – how
possible by means of a rather limited number of colours, if you should still be
able to tell the difference? Later some claimed over 3.000. And now I just
visited this page:
tartans, it says! Tomorrow it might be some more.
a lot of them might never have been produced, and choosing one of them for your
next kilt might cost you a fortune. Nevertheless I’m really impressed.
You can search by tartan name, surname, colour, key words, or just browse
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Mon, February 03, 2014 10:19:01
utility kilts as such, these being easy to handle, but I never liked their big
cargo pockets. I simply don’t need them, and I think they are destroying the design
of an otherwise perfect looking kilt.
I just found Gryphon Workshop, however. It’s an American enterprise making their
basic kilts in that straight forward design I so much appreciate. They are available in two lengths 21” and 23”
and in practically all waist sizes, it seems. Six different colors and a very nice price,
just $100, which makes them interesting also to Europeans having to pay VAT on
top – but at that price hardly any custom duty.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Thu, January 09, 2014 18:44:35
Until 8 or 10
years ago kilt wearers’ preferred forum was Braveheart’s Kilt Forum, created around
2000 by WDP Bravehearts, a Californian lawyer, being also the man who invented
the term “unbifiurcated” garments, meaning kilts and other skirted garments, if
designed to be worn by men. It was a rebellion against the free stylers to whom a manly approach in skirted garments had no relevance,
rather on the contrary.
2004 X-Marks-The-Scot, a pure kilt forum was launched, and members seemed slowly
to slope off and activity on the Bravehearts Forum declined.
last years my visits became rather rare, too, and every time I could see that
it had only got worse since my last visit.
Did it get stuck
in the middle of XMTS to the right and Skirt Forum to the left, the latter
having years before being started by the late Tom Manuel as Tom’s Café?
Or is the
main reason that it by design, compared to the other forums soon looked
extremely old-fashioned with a non-optimal functionality? I tend to give the design the main reason.
went there again. Since mid-April 2012 there has been no debating. And the very
few contributions after that time have mostly been spam. So sad. I remember it
as a really good forum.
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Sun, January 05, 2014 11:00:43
For over a month we have enjoyed unusual high temperatures. Almost every day I even see a few men and big boys in shorts, something I don't remeber to have ever experienced. That also means that I'm not met with questions like "but are you not cold?".
Kilt wearingPosted by Greg Tue, November 05, 2013 09:27:24
No doubt, it
takes skills to make a traditional kilt, adjusting the pleats with utmost
precision to the pattern of the tartan etc. But perhaps you one day should like
to buy a solid colored kilt, not a utility kilt with all its pockets and buttons,
but a traditional style kilt in black for example.
Your first thought: Must be a lot cheaper.
rather on the contrary.
I have checked out what some kilt vendors are charging for a black traditional
woolen kilt in GBP. Most of them operate with a basic price and a variable
amount, depending on the material, because in several cases you have to pay
extra for the fabric. Nowhere the basic price is reduced.
buy? If it is only a question of price you can have a black woolen kilt for as
little as £85, but it is only a 2 yard and you cannot decide the length. In
most cases you are over £200.
Highland Store Men’s Black 2 yard budget kilt: £85
Tartanweb 5 yard: 160 +10 (Marton Mills 16 oz.) = £170
MacGregor MacDuff 7 yard Value kilt: 199 +0 = £199
Tartanweb 5 yard 160 + 40 (Strathmore 13 oz.) = £200
Scotweb Black wool casual kilt 5 yard: £235
Heritage of Scotland 5 yard James Morrison: 151 + 86 (13 oz.
Strathmore) = £237
Buy a kilt.com 5 yard: 164 + 74 (13 oz. Strathmore) = £238
Highland Store Men’s worsted Wool 5 yard kilt in black: £245
Scotlandshop Men’s casual 4 yard kilt in Black (4 yard, 10
oz.) = 245 + 0 = £245