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People would ask her where she got it from, and that’s how the ball started rolling.
“When I came to London, I never wanted to use my Scottish-ness,” she admits, but the attention she received proves the obvious attraction that Scottish identity, and the quality of the garment’s design, still holds on the imagination.
The kilt, a knee-length skirt with pleats at the rear, is a style of garment that goes back to 16th century Gaelic culture.
Worn typically by men and boys in the Highlands of Scotland, it is usually made of wool and made in a chequered tartan pattern, which indicates membership of a specific clan.
Though it’s associated mostly with formal wear nowadays – worn at national events or weddings – the kilt is also worn by women, as a style statement.
Seeing a gap in the market, Samantha decided to combine the authenticity of her family’s knowledge of kilt-making with the potential of the kilt as a fashionable garment. Saying she wants to avoid the traditional associations as much as possible, Samantha also does not want to “completely twist the classic either.”
Le Kilt’s offering of midi, knee-length and above-the-knee styles, includes a classic Black Watch tartan and a plain black wool version, but the skirts also come in lighter colours like cream and pink for summer, and in lighter fabrics like crepe. There’s even a mix and match version with a patchwork of different colours and tartans, and houndstooth-patterned ones.
Apart from the skirts, Le Kilt also offers lambswool jumpers with the recognizable safety pin detail that kilts also feature.
The Le Kilt collections are made in Scotland, and as they are stocked from London to Seoul, there’s no excuse not to wear one when roaming about the Highlands.