This week, Scotland’s most innovative Highlandwear designers MacGregor and MacDuff have opened the doors to a brand-new Pop-Up shop in London. The new store is located in the heart of Shoreditch, an area that is steeped in history and one that is now renowned as the home for many cutting edge fashion and design shops. Yesterday, I popped in for a look round their collections and to took some time out to try on a few of their kilts myself.
The range of tartans available at MacGregor and MacDuff is pretty HUGE (I think I heard someone say there was over 4000 options at the last count). With that in mind, finding the perfect style for you is no easy task but thankfully the super helpful staff in the store are on hand to make things a little easier. I told them the colours that I liked best and the team were quick to point out some really great tartans that fitted the bill. Amongst the expansive selection of tartan on offer, they have all of the traditional family clan designs, lots of the modern styles and a great range of patterns that they stock exclusively.
Almost immediately, the Navy Arran Mist, which is one of the exclusive MacGregor and MacDuff tartans caught my eye. It ticked all of my boxes and had a modern feel to it but somehow still looked very traditional too. It’s a tartan that I know will most definitely last the test of time. As it’s mostly navy in colour, it’s versatile and can be worn with black or brown shoes and accessories so it’s a great choice if you want to invest in a made to order kilt as over the years you can easily tweak what you wear with it to freshen up your look.
Whilst I was in the shop, I decided to also give their a pair of their tartan trews a try. Trews, are a form of traditional Scottish dress and are a nice substitute if you want to wear something that reflects your Scottish heritage to an event but fancy a change from a kilt. These are most commonly produced in the black watch tartan and are worn with a black jacket and white shirt. It’s a really smart look for black tie or evening events but for me there is no beating the kilt!
If you fancy booking in for a kilt fitting yourself then you better be quick, as the London pop-up is only open until Sunday the 18th of March. You can book in for a fitting online or just pop in to the shop for a look round the collection. You’ll find the shop at 32 Charlotte Road, which is just a few minutes walk from Old Street tube or Shoreditch High Street train station.