From full outfits to kilts and trews, our highland wear is designed to be versatile
We believe that great highland wear is so much more than just occasional wear.
Our handmade kilts are lovingly crafted with up to two and a half days work with a needle, thread and a steam iron, to perfect a great hanging kilt which will look after you for a lifetime. There are several things you need to take into account when choosing your kilt, including: –
Yards: these equate to the length of the kilt, which will depend on your seat size. This will only change depending on the set centres (check size) of the tartan and the achievable amount of pleats for the yardage.
Weight: we recommend a 16oz heavyweight kilt if the tartan is produced in heavyweight, as this weight will let the kilt swing with more whip as you walk.
Timing: made to measure kilts will normally take around six to eight weeks to deliver. Bespoke kilts will take eight to ten weeks and also need a try-on half way through the making process to check fitting and belt buckle positions. In addition, we hand cut and dye the leathers straps to match sporrans, using brass buckles and handmade linings. We can also embroider your name, date and a message into the kilt, which brings substance and historical significance to your kilt in future years.
Bespoke kilts are available from £1200, with made to measure kilts from £800.
We are increasingly being asked to design personal family tartans, as some clients are unable to find a tartan with the colours or check they’re looking for. You can use your own personal tartan for highland wear, tailoring or for soft furnishings at home. This is a great way to leave your mark on Scottish history for ever!
Please note that you will need to leave at least five months for the design and manufacture of your tartan.
At Andrew Brookes, we believe that wearing a jacket with confidence goes a lot further than being one of the crowd. Choosing your jacket and waistcoat comes down to how many types of functions will you wear it to? Are you happy to have a classic highland dinner or day jacket in a dark colour or does tweed give you a real feeling of something more individual?
Often, we will design a unique tweed hybrid jacket for clients that gives them the best of both worlds – an A-Game jacket for their highland kilt look, but which also doubles up as a tweed jacket and waistcoat for that Saturday night out! Or we could design a hunting-shooting feel, with action backs, bellow pockets and storm collars, which can be worn with a kilt, plus fours or jeans.
We believe jackets should be versatile and should cover several looks in one, making an Andrew Brookes jacket a smart investment choice. Jackets from £800.
We hand pick the very best handmade craftsmen in their field to bring delightfully unique highland products to you. These include handmade sporrans with silver, pewter or antique cantles (tops) and sgian dubhs made from solid silver to pewter or stag horn, as well as one-off commissions from our craftsmen who also design items for the Royal Family.
Kiltpins and cufflinks come with all the finishes as for sgian dubhs and can also be commissioned for that extra special something if required.
Our ghillie and classic brogues come from Cheaney in Northampton, one of the last handmade shoe makers in England. According to my customers – and me – they are worth every penny!
And our handmade shirts and ties are a fantastic way to achieve a great fit and the perfect colour to make your outfit complete.
Our handmade shirts are available from £150, handmade sporrans from £300 and sgian dubhs from £120, depending on the personalisation and materials you choose.