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Thousands hated it….but garish Commonwealth kilts boost Moray firm

The Team Scotland kilt has boosted one Moray firm
The Team Scotland kilt has boosted one Moray firm

It may have caused a stir in Scotland, but the Commonwealth Games tartan has given a Moray firm an international boost.

The Team Scotland uniform received a positive reception from more than 400 athletes and officials – but a mixed reception from the public.

Thousands even signed a petition calling on the team to ditch it.

However, the global exposure has been a huge boom to Keith-based House of Edgar.

Textile designer and artist Jilli Blackwood designed the outfit, which combined a turquoise, fuchsia, navy blue and caramel tartan with a blue shirt for the men, and a flowing wrap-around dress for the women, inspired by the Saltire flag.

“My brief from Team Scotland was to come up with a parade uniform that was high on impact and made a real statement, but also had a contemporary feel,” Ms Blackwood said.

“There will be no mistaking that this is the Scottish team as they proudly step out at the opening ceremony.”

House of Edgar, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Scotland, was awarded the license to produce official tartan garments during the Commonwealth Games.

Blair Macnaughton, managing director, said it was a proud milestone in the company’s long history.

“Our organisation can be traced back to the 18th century and this project has given our team the opportunity to carry on the legacy of the business,” he said.

“It was a great honour for our company to be asked to produce the tartan, but also a fantastic opportunity for our employees to contribute to the Games. We created a part of history that will be remembered by a whole generation of Scots, and seen by viewers around the world.

“Tartan is synonymous with Scotland and so it made perfect sense to have a new tartan not only designed, but also made in Scotland especially for the games.”

The company, which has an annual turnover of £4.3 million, exports almost 50% of its products around the world, with the majority of sales into markets in America, Canada, Russia, Scandinavia and Germany.

Mr Macnaughton was optimistic that the exposure created through the Commonwealth Games would be beneficial for future business activity.

He said: “Allowing us to showcase our organisation on an international level, and promote our heritage in traditional highland clothing is a really proud moment for us, and will no doubt further highlight our reputation internationally.”

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