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Tailored for Scotland Author : Deirdre Kinloch Anderson
ISBN : 9781849345316
Tailored for Scotland is a fully illustrated book with 224 pages that tells the story of Edinburgh family business Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers. For over 150 years Kinloch Anderson has succeeded in business, design and Scottish fashion, and played a key role in the story of tartan. The company holds Royal Warrants of Appointment.
• This book is a fascinating story of success in business, design and Scottish fashion, which began as a small bespoke tailoring partnership and has now become a global brand.
• A memoir book of six generations of family ownership and management of a Scottish clothing and textile company, it inter-relates history, the events, the culture and the fashions of their time.
• Established in 1868, 'Kinloch Anderson Kilts, Tartan and Highland Dress' have become the company’s trademark.
• This book has 224 pages with over 300 colour, and black and white illustrations, lifestyle fashion pictures, historical uniforms and pictures which go back to the 1860s and the North Bridge of Edinburgh where it all began.
• The book contains an illustrated timeline of background historical facts and events in Scotland over the duration of 150 years.
• The company first supplied The Royal Family in 1903 and is honoured to hold Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kiltmakers.
• The author, Deirdre Kinloch Anderson OBE married into the fifth generation of the family. She played a pivotal role in the establishment of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Tartan story: The Tartan story is complex – the wearing of tartan was banned from 1747–1782. Tartan then rose in popularity. Tartan remains an iconic national symbol of belonging, worn with pride as Scotland’s National Dress for formal and informal occasions alike, and has been taken overseas by the Scottish diaspora and embraced by haute-couture designers.
“Combining heritage and innovation has been key to driving family business Kinloch Anderson into the sixth generation.” – The Scotsman
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY TO THIS BOOK:
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Scotland, business, fashion, local history and Scottish lifestyle.
In 1868 the company’s founder, William Anderson, tailored fine clothing for the gentlemen of the City and soon became renowned for military uniforms. The company continued to grow and adapt against a background of two world wars and the intervening years of the depression. It serviced military regiments in Canada, South Africa and India.
Kinloch Anderson expanded in the 1970s by attending European Trade Shows and exploring new markets for ladies tartan and tweed skirts throughout Europe and also in USA and Japan. Over 100,000 skirts a year were made in their factories in Scotland. The Queen’s Award for Export was received in 1979 and Douglas Kinloch Anderson was awarded an OBE for “Services for Exports” in 1983.
Today Kinloch Anderson is recognised worldwide as a top quality brand and provides finest clothing and other merchandise made under licence in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and China. There are over 350 shops in the Far East under the Kinloch Anderson brand name.
The Kinloch Anderson philosophy is to “Provide quality merchandise with a strong Scottish emphasis in a global niche market and to be a role model for Scotland, upholding the highest principles of integrity and service.”
About the Author: Deirdre Kinloch Anderson; Foreword; Introduction: Edinburgh during the time of William Anderson; First Generation: William Anderson and the foundation of the company; Uniforms for the Militia and Volunteers; Second Generation: William and Andrew Anderson; Military tartans and uniforms; Third Generation: William Joseph Kinloch Anderson; Off-the-peg tailoring; Fourth Generation: W J Kinloch Anderson; Tailoring during wartime; Fifth Generation: Douglas Kinloch Anderson. Ladies’ Highland dress and the expansion of branding; By Royal Appointment: Royal Tartans and Kinloch Anderson’s association with service to the Royal Family; The Scottish Register of Tartans: Masterminded by Director Deirdre Kinloch Anderson; Sixth Generation: John Kinloch Anderson; Deirdre Kinloch Anderson’s postscript.
Page size : 246 x 189 mm;
Hardback, quarterbound in City of Edinburgh tartan cloth; full colour, 224 pages.