The Movement
So Far...

I created 21st Century Kilts (TFCK) aged 18 in 1996. Being the 4th generation in the kilt industry, I needed to make my own mark within my parent’s business, Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers.

Howie Nicholsby 21st Century Kilts

Launched in 1999 at London Men’s Fashion Week I wanted the kilt to be more accessible to people without a Clan/Tartan connection, like myself, I have no family Tartan.

The brand and I was intertwined in Geoffrey (Tailor), this caused an infusion of modern and traditional I did not expect or want. Between the age of 20 & 30 I travelled promoting both modern & Traditional.
Sometimes away 27 weekends of the year; Scottish Highland Festivals in the USA & Canada, The NYC Tartan Day celebrations, a Monthly London fitting and other exhibitions such as the Clothes Show Live NEC Birmingham (where I met my amazing wife).

TFCK should not be worn with the usual cream socks and Jacobite shirts. The mix at Geoffrey (Tailor) did not work for me. In 2009, I was able to go independent to my own store on Thistle Street.
This decade allowed me to build and develop the brand. Now uniquely positioned in the options available for men wanting an un-bifurcated option in their wardrobe.

An accelerated plan, I now have a private studio on the out-skirts of Edinburgh, near the Airport and Queensferry Crossing. Without a physical store, this new model of working will allow a lot more freedom to take the brand forward globally.

Who has Howie kilted?