Blog Image

Reflections in a kilt

About the blog

This weblog is mainly to describe slices-of-life in a kilt and with the objective, of course, that more men shall make the kilt a valuable addition to their wardrobe.

The more we are the easier it is.

A “from” price should be a “from” price

Kilt wearing Posted on Thu, June 07, 2018 11:40:55

Two years ago a 5 yard made to measure James Morrison kilt by Heritage of Scotland was to buy from £151. On most tartans there was an additional charge, but in the most common tartans £151 would do.

Today the James Morrison brand has disappeared but Heritage of Scotland are still offering five yard kilts made to measure. Now, however, prices start at £200. But you can hardly find a tartan without an additional charge. At least I have not been able to. They are £30 or far more extra.

Companies are free to take the price for their products they want to and to increase prices as much as they want to. But I find it rather questionable if a “from” price is pure theory.

Why this dramatic price increase on Scottish kilts?

Kilt wearing Posted on Thu, June 07, 2018 11:06:23

During the last couple of years prices on kilts made in Scotland have increased rather dramatically. Perhaps the vendors are trying to compensate for the drop in the British pound since the country decided to leave the European Union? This, however, makes no sense to me, as it is to believe that the wool comes from Scotland, and that wages to Scottish kilt makers have not increased that much.

You might remember that a few years ago some Scottish kilt manufacturers demanded that only kilts made by skilled Scottish kiltmakers in Scotland and from Scottish wool should be allowed to be called kilts.

Prices on imported Pakistani made cheap kilts have not gone up, which should have been the consequence.

I don’t understand it.

Too long no activity

Kilt wearing Posted on Thu, June 07, 2018 10:47:02

I just realized that it is almost two years ago since anything has happened on this blog. And I only have myself to blame. To those of you who have followed it I can only say that I’m sorry. And that I’ll try to revitalize the blog. My interest in kilts and kilt wearing hasn’t gone. Rather the opposite. There hardly is a day where I’m not out and about in a kilt. And very often kilted means 24/7.

Improved web designs

Kilt wearing Posted on Tue, July 05, 2016 11:07:56

Just a few years ago I complained about kilt makers’ and vendors’ pretty bad web sites.

Well, still some are looking most old fashioned, but most sites have obviously been renewed, resulting in a better design and improved functionality.

A site that has really impressed me is the new Heritage of home page. Not that their old web site was ever bad, far from, but the new one is definitely more stylish, and then it gives a lot of information on kilts, tartans, clans etc. Add to that it is as easy as never before to order a kilt according to your measures.

Only one thing could need a revision: When ordering a kilt you might get the impression that you have only 10 (most popular) or 20 (view all) tartans to choose from. And that is not the case.

There are in fact no less than 1.500 tartans on their tartan list. But if your are looking for a nice tartan you must know the name of it (not all customers have their one and only tartan) – or be inspired somewhere else, like on The Scottish Register of Tartans site – and then return to the Heritage pf Scotland site to check the price.

It is a little bit complicated. Much better, it would be, could you have tartans on display, sorted by letter or colour(s).

My old kilt

Kilt wearing Posted on Wed, June 29, 2016 16:37:24

”Do you know, this kilt must be nearly 20 years old?” I a couple of days told my wife.
And it must be, not being my first kilt, but one of the first ones.

“It still looks very nice”, she answered and added “I think tartans, like this, not too colorful look the best.”

I had on my four yard wool kilt in Ramsay Blue tartan, meaning a rather subdued blue, black and a thin white stripe.

The picture above, showing me in my Ramsay tartan kilt is a few months old

So now having got a clue I might perhaps think of buying myself a new kilt in a somewhat subdued tartan. What a pleasant occupation, looking for a suitable one.

Austrian made kilts

Kilt wearing Posted on Wed, June 29, 2016 15:49:25

High quality kilts shall also after Brexit be available within EU; even if they come in tartans of their own. I’m thinking of the Austrian Rettl Company, which for years has been in business with their fashionable Corinthian kilts.

In fact, I know of no other kilt maker or vendor doing so much for promoting kilts.

Just have a look at the new 132 pages Rettl & Friends web magazine:

How about a camouflage kilt?

Kilt wearing Posted on Wed, June 29, 2016 15:34:06

You like kilts but are not so much for tartans, or you should just like some variety:

Perhaps a Camouflage kilt might be a good idea. Scotweb is selling such kilts for just 99 GBP.

Consequenses of Brexit

Kilt wearing Posted on Wed, June 29, 2016 15:27:07

The United Kingdom is to leave The European Union and that also includes Scotland – at least until the Scots might chose independence – and Europe.

But what does the Brexit mean to kilt buyers living in Europe? Well technically it is going to be a bit more complicated. But prices on kilts should not go up very much, if at all.

For years it has been extremely easy – one of the blessings of belonging to EU. You just paid the price including British VAT and had your kilt delivered.

When the Brexit is a reality it shall be different:

You’ll have to pay the kilt price excluding British VAT plus freight, added 12% import tax, added your local VAT plus a handling fee to the courier company. 10 EU countries do have a VAT rate of 20 % or lower. In 6 countries it is approx. the same (21%) and in 11 it varies from 22% to 27%, meaning worse.

It is to believe, however, that the British Pound shall loose so much compared to the Euro and other European currencies (it has already started) that this shall more than compensate for the 12 % import tax on clothing. In some countries, therefore their new kilt might become a little cheaper, in others a little bit more expensive.

Right now, who these days is ordering a kilt from Scotland can save money compared to one month ago.

« PreviousNext »