By Karen Peattie

LOCHCARRON OF Scotland knows a thing or two about tartan. After all, the Selkirk-based firm is the world’s leading producer of authentic tartan and is steeped in many years of history and heritage.

Its reach is far and wide with the company supplying tartan to the world’s catwalks – Chanel is a client, for example, one of many that appreciates that tartan is a timeless fabric that can be used in an innovate way to design bespoke pieces.

Closer to home, Lochcarron offers a bespoke kilt-making service. Marketing manager Leah Robertson explains: “We work with our clients to ensure they get the right fit and style for them. If you’ve never worn a kilt or bought one before, I think it really helps to have one made to measure.

“With wedding season coming up we are looking forward to making unique kilt outfits for our clients who might choose their family tartan or one that ties in with the colour scheme of their wedding. Whichever option they choose, the guarantee is that the tartan is woven in Scotland and handcrafted for you.

“The exceptionally high quality of our products means that they have longevity. We may take a little while to make them but you will get a lifetime of wear out of them as our kilts can be worn again and again at formal Scottish events.”

Tartan blankets and throws also make a great wedding gift for the happy couple

Tartan blankets and throws also make a great wedding gift for the happy couple


Men can also choose from a comprehensive range of neck and bow ties, socks and garter flashes, sporrans, sgian dubhs, kilt pins, plaid brooches, kilt belts, tartan accessories and ghillie brogues.

With a new “weddings” section on the Lochcarron website, brides-to-be looking to add a traditional touch to their bridesmaids’ outfits can choose, for example, a gorgeous tartan clutch bag. Other wedding gift ideas include tartan coin purses while the firm also offers a wide range of sumptuous stoles and sashes.

“It’s about offering something a little different that is traditional in that it is tartan but with a contemporary twist,” says Leah. “And we can even look after your wedding tables at the reception – we offer a range of accessories, from napkins to table runners and tartan swatches if you wish to create personalised crafts for your guests.

“If you’re having a wedding outdoors this year as many people will be because of Covid restrictions, it’s a nice touch for guests to have tartan cushions and blankets for that cosy feel at your outside reception. Our tartan blankets also make a great wedding gift for the happy couple – we have a range of gorgeous, luxurious blankets and throws in both lambswool and cashmere.”

Lochcarron of Scotland can trace its rich heritage back to 1892 and today it still relies on the skilled craftsmen and women who design, dye, warp, weave, mend and tailor its Scottish tartans and textiles. It really is a global brand with timeless appeal, its product in demand from major international fashion houses for their catwalk collections but also from individuals wanting to buy the best quality product for their wedding or special