In the heart of Midlothian...
At 189 Canongate, to be exact, is the flagship store of Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers. Nestled into the shop floor of a seventeenth-century tenement on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, it has been trading handmade kilts and highlandwear since April 2009.
The man with his name above the door (you can call him ‘Gordon’) had a simple dream: to promote a better standard of kiltmaking. He’d worked in the industry before and wanted to do things differently. How? By focusing a little less on turnover and a lot more on authentic Scottish craftsmanship.
In many ways, Gordon was a lot like legendary author Sir Walter Scott. Not because he wrote epic pieces of romantic fiction (not yet anyway) but because he was an Edinburgh man with a Highlander’s heart. Like Sir Walter, Gordon is committed to the preservation and celebration of his national heritage through his favourite medium. He is a progressive traditionalist. Or a traditionalist progressive. They’d build him a monument one day, but it would only embarrass him.