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For those of you new to kilts or have not been around proper Scottish attire, the term flashes needs an explanation. We use the word Flashes as the term for the garters that hold up the kilt socks, and they are more often referred to as kilt hose. Since kilts and the attire that goes with them can historically go back hundreds of years, it’s only fitting the terms we use do as well. Now back to Flashes or garters for the kilt socks. The kilt hose goes up the calf to just under the knee. To keep the hose from falling down a good Scot would take a piece of leather, braided cloth or whatever else he could get his hands on and tie it around the top of the hose around the calf. Like much of our Scottish clothing this adapted and morphed into what we have today. For many years the adaptation consisted of an elastic band roughly three quarters of an inch wide , for comfort, and some Velcro sewn on each end to fasten it together. You pick a place roughly three inches from the top of the hose and wrap it around. You then fold the hose over, so as to cover the elastic. Naturally we can not have function with out design and to make this attractive, strips of colorful wool, or ribbon are sewn on to the Velcro at a ninety degree angle. That way once wrapped around the calf the colorful ribbon hangs down below the folded area of the hose so as to be a colorful , yet concealed design element. The upgrade version of this is a throw back to the time when men wore garters to hold up all socks and used a metal clasp to keep the elastic together. Our Premium Flashes have a metal clasp harkening back to the quality of yesterday, available to you today from us. The newest product available harkens back even farther to the original garter flashes. Hose of Cheviot Hose Company now makes a woven wool garter that ties around the calf like those old simple original garter flashes that you wrap around and tie a knot in them. That said , they are certainly an upgrade , as a woven merino wool blend strip of cloth with fringe on both ends. The width and quality of fabric make these new Cheviot Garters a very attractive option on many levels.
Tweeds, a return to traditional men’s clothing. When it comes to kilts a tweed jacket precedes everything else that the industry currently offers. The cut may have been different, but today’s tweed takes you back to a era that was filled with noble gentlemen and ladies of the manor. The current tweed jacket is based on the Argyle Jacket that is available off the rack in black. For many I need to cover some jacket basics. There are three basic jackets available to a gentleman kilt wearer. The best way to explain them is that a Prince Charlie is the Tuxedo jacket, the Argyle is the suit coat, and the tweed jacket is the sport coat of the three. The one that everyone thinks they need to own is the Prince Charlie, the tuxedo of the three jackets. I say the Tuxedo because it is for White Tie and Tails, or where you would wear a tuxedo. Rule of thumb here: If you would not wear a tuxedo at the event you are going to then just because your wearing a kilt does not make the Prince Charlie any more acceptable. When you tell most shops that you want a Prince Charlie, they just sell it to you without question. Not at the Kilt & Thistle, all of our staff is aware that asking you questions about where, and to what event, are you going to wear the jacket you are wanting to purchase. We ask this of all accessories, but a jacket can be an expensive mistake. Rather than go over every possible scenario , I will just go over the jackets in detail. The Prince Charlie, the tuxedo jacket is worn to very formal events. I can only think of a few places on the West Coast that a Prince Charlie would be required. The Prince Charlie is available in a smooth wool fabric known as Barathea. Colors are black , off the rack and any number of options like Navy, Dark Greens, called Bottle green and an even darker Rifle green. The lapels should always be a satin, as a cloth lapel looks unfinished. The Argyle jackets named after the cuff design , three buttons arranged around the cuff at an angle along with a material, like a gauntlet , also know as the gauntlet cuff, to make it a dashing look. This is the suit coat of jackets and is the most versatile. The material is also the same smooth wool Barathea and the same color palette is available.Lapels on this should be the cloth of the jacket. Now here is where there is confusion amongst many and I hope I can explain it to your satisfaction. There are two other jackets based on the Argyle and they are called the Braemar and the Crail. The body of the jacket and the fabric options are the same with the cuff treatment being the options. The Breamar has three buttons placed up the sleeve identical to the Prince Charlie and the Crail has no buttons on the cuff or sleeve. I will try to have a link for you to our site with pictures. The third jacket is commonly referred to as The Tweed or the casual , day jacket. Back in the day when people wore a Dinner Jacket for dinner every night, you could have referred to this one as the casual jacket, but no more. And at one time before the Prince Charlie or the Argyle the Tweed was, arguably the only Highland jacket. Here again is where it is a bit confusing. The tweed is designed and roughly the same shell as the Argyle and comes with the same cuff options. There are however dozens of tweed fabrics to match up with any tartan. All three jackets deserve their very own column. So look for one for each of the jackets. If you are unclear about any of this or just want more information, email or call me at the store. That is why we are here.
Well after a nearly two year absence, I am back. I will be back posting about Gentlemanly Pursuits on a regular basis. I am not sure what to cover first , as with anytime you spend away, you build up many things to share. In the Dressed to Kilt category, everything from our many new items we can help a gentleman present style, to a few new scotches, many new cigars, and a couple of pipe tobaccos. I have been encouraged by several bits of news in the fashion world that is encouraging to those of us in the trade and for those of you that care what you look like. YouTube Saville Row , and you will find many videos about how young men are starting to dress up. There are several things in the current culture that is I think responsible for some of this. If you are on Netflix or Amazon Prime you have access to the BBC shows Monarch of the Glen and more importantly, Downton Abbey. There are ,many more that are making an impact as a whole. There are also the pendulum effect , where things must change and we are seeing a change back to quality clothing as well as a more traditional look. I think a great deal of our culture is finally tired of Chinese junk, and disposable goods. Am I right? Are we trending to more quality, or am I just being hopeful.?
Florsheim Haviland is a fashion forward addition to the Florsheim family of wing tips. This Limited style is built with our famous 3 ply Goodyear welt and walks from a day at the office to a night on the town.Upper: Crazy Horse type leather uppers are smooth and oiled. Milled leather uppers are tum…
the tradition continues
Sizing: Feels true to size
Width: Feels true to width
Pros: Classic Design, Stable, Lightweight, Good Cushioning, Comfortable, Breathes Well, Durable
Best Uses: Casual Wear, Business Casual
Describe Yourself: High-end shopper, Conservative
My fifth pair of Florsheims and shopping for the next pair. My first two pair, thirty years ago, I destroyed, and no fault of the shoe. My dress wingtips are going on thirty years and many soles, my brown dress wingtips are going on ten years. I just recently bought a pair of the Haviland model for casual wear. After two months of daily wear, and I walk eight blocks each way to work. They fit great and are wearing well.
Just in time for summer games season, we have improved our lighter weight kilt hose selection. A better blend and more color options to choose from. It never fails that in Oregon where it is perfect kilt weather 9 months of the year it goes from a pleasant 50 degrees and raining to 78 and blinding sun. You see we here in Oregon have Scottish weather about 9 months of the year. Oddly many of us here enjoy this cooler weather in the Northwest. Many Brits retire here, Washington and naturally Vancouver B.C. In Canada because the weather is so similar with warmer summers. My point is that when we get warmer weather here, we are just not used to it. At nearly eighty degrees it is a bit warm for kilts and gave me a chance to put the new lighter weight kilt hose to the test. They are sized generously with plenty of stretch. I have fairly large calves and they went over them with ease. I am also six feet tall and many kilt hose are a bit short to reach my knees. These new hose came right up to my knee with room to spare. We will be stocking these new hose in off white, black dark green and dark navy blue. We were sent the off white and the black. I assume we will the the other colors in the next shipment. On the first day our new kilt hose performed well with over an hour walking in the sun and I wore them all day. They kept their shape and were cooler to wear as advertised. You can’t go wrong with the Kilt & Thistle Brand merchandise. Kilt tested and kilt approved.
The Kilt & Thistle has now been serving you, our Scottish friends and loyal customers for fourteen years. From the start Cheryl and I knew that quality and consistency would be the benchmark of the values that we held dear. It would also become a very important part of our business model.
With that in mind we use and or give every product we handle a fair testing to make sure it meets your needs.
Our new Kilt & Thistle hose , the second wearing. Cheryl refuses to let me near the laundry equipment , as a bachelor of many years I acquired a unique way to do laundry. Frankly it scares Cheryl when I even get near the washing machine. So Cheryl was nice enough to wash my new kilt hose. Washing machine on warm water and cold rinse, and the hose wear hung to dry. In my original post I mention the slight extended length, which as a fellow of six foot tall is a welcome feature of any kilt hose. This hose will work well for much taller fellows as well without comprising the look of the hose. The washed version of our new kilt hose looked as good as they were coming out of the package. They did not seem to shrink any at all and retained that little extra length that I like.
Duncan’s Tip: For any hose new or not is to stretch the hose length wise before putting them on. This lengthens those other hose that don’t quite measure up and it relaxes the fibers to go around those of us with more desirable husky calves.
My daily walk is about thirty minutes to the shop on a average day, and about a mile by foot. Since I walk this nearly everyday, I get a chance to put wear on a product and test it before you have to. The sock held up very well during my walk. It kept it’s shape all day and without any sagging. Walking home that night they felt as good as they did that morning. I am confident that if you are looking for a mid weight kilt hose that will work in most North American climates , that the new Kilt and Thistle kilt hose is an excellent value.