The Scotch House – London

When I went to London for the fist time, I visited many places, but one, amongst many others, left a mark in my heart. It was a shop, not any kind of shop though, it was a wonderful place, full of tartans and things made with beautiful tartan fabrics: The Scotch House.

I think I came across it by chance, but, having always been in love with everything fashion related, I had to go inside. Now, the shop was very nice and the things they sold too. I love fabrics and I love tartans. But it was when I entered the round room in the middle of the shop that my heart skipped a beat. It was gorgeous, dark wooden shelves all around, with piles of nicely folded tartan fabrics. I know it’s perhaps difficult  to understand, but that place, for me, was like a Spa for others. There I felt great, at peace, relaxed and happy. It was just too beautiful to explain in mere words.

 

(sorry about the man in the middle, but I couldn’t find any other pics)

Unfortunately this shop does not exist anymore. I went looking for it the last time I was in London and realised it had closed down. I was very sad. I am telling you all this, so you will be able to understand what I am going to tell you next.

There’s a shop, a second hand one, or vintage if you prefer (these days is cooler to call it this way, even though it tends to be the same thing), I sometimes have a look in the window and more seldom go inside (I am afraid I will find something to buy!!). Last week I lingered in front of a display where there was a kilt. I have been looking for a tartan skirt for a few years now and that one looked rather like what I wanted. I didn’t go in though. A week later , it was still there, calling me… I decided it was fate and went in. It was my size…

But what was that made me decide I should try it on was the joy at seeing it was from “The Scotch House” ! Fancy finding the perfect kilt and made by my favourite tartan shop ever!!!! It was perfect. I bought it of course. It isn’t just a skirt, it’s much more than that, it’s memories. I don’t know if you can understand but, when I will wear it, I will feel so chic and I will always feel the way I felt in that beautiful room so long ago.

E.

Graphic t-shirt + long pleated tartan skirt + flats

She was just passing by but her skirt… oh! Her skirt was AMAZING!! I have always been in love with tartan and I honestly don’t care whether it is in fashion or not, because, as far as I am concerned, it always is.

Anyway, the woman was wearing this gorgeous up to date version of a kilt, it was long, ankles length, it was pleated all around. I know what you are thinking! No it didn’t make her look big, because the pleats were deep, so they remained flat, and the length obviously helped to make it more streamlined. Ah, it was black & white tartan. Here, a little collage of mainly tartan skirts (with a couple of intruders!) to get you in the mood:

Now, she was wearing it, which is an essential part to make this look gorgeous and not old-fashioned, a graphic t-shirt with it.  The shoes: I can either imagine a pair of white trainers, a pair of ankle flat boots or brogues.

I did search, but I haven’t found the same skirt, yet. Here are a few collages though to show you what it could look like:

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I did add a couple of  sweaters since the season requires something warmer….

E.

Mostly tartan clothing…..

It is no secret by now I adore tartan….
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I have been looking on my usual sites for tartan clothes. I have found some beautiful things but most of them not within my price range! It’s really strange, it’s either extremely expensive or far too cheap! I hate the really cheap ones, tartan HAS to be good quality or one might as well forget about it as it is all about the fabric!
Anyway, here are some, several are quite expensive but, being something classic, it might be worth investing….
Otherwise, there are two other options: vintage or the Dress maker.
Vintage: I have recently been to a vintage fair where I have found a kilted skirt. I have had the leather ties changed and have taken it to the dry cleaner’s, but I am now very happy with my purchase.
Of course if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, you can always have it made. Have a look at the site I have taken some pictures from: http://www.kinlochanderson.com/

Anyway, here is a selection of clothes….

a few shirts to start with:
elegant


casual

a few dresses:

Karl Lagerfeld Penny tartan wool dress

Karl Lagerfeld Penny tartan wool dress



skirts:

Vivenne-westwood-taxi yellow and plum tartan skirt

Vivenne-westwood-taxi yellow and plum tartan skirt

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania tartan skirt

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania tartan skirt

finally a few pairs of trousers:



than you could have some accessories:

a handbag:

Sporran Style bag in Kinloch Anderson Glencheck

Sporran Style bag in Kinloch Anderson Glencheck

a shawl to wear over your perfectly simple black dress:

Stole in Black Velvet and Black and White silk

Stole in Black Velvet and Black and White silk

and of course if you even wanted to wear something tartan during the night:

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E.