21st Century Kilts


Howie Nicholsby's 21st Century Kilts offer a unique take, and are a fitting homage, to a traditional Scottish style. The use of original textiles, ranging from Leather kilt, gold and purple denim, camouflage, to pinstripe offer something different to those fond of this age-old item. 21st CENTURY KILTS was born in 1996 and launched in 1999 at London Men's Fashion Week.

Howie Nicholsby, Owner 21st Century Kilts

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48 Thistle Street Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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6 Reviews
United States
experience from start to finish was a joy

My husband Alan has had his eye on an outfit from 21st Century kilts for a couple of years now. Having passed the stylish wee shop on Thistle Street many times, he would play picks with what he liked from their window displays. He finally took the plunge and booked an appointment with Howie last Saturday. Now being a little on the shy side, Alan was a touch nervous about how it would be, but Howie and Fraser were total gents and put him right at ease with offering him a bottle of beer whilst he was looking through the fabric books. The whole experience from start to finish was a joy. Howie knows his craft inside out, having been born into the business with his parents running Geoffrey Tailor kilt shop on the Royal Mile. Howie has his own distinctive style and flare and does it well. He walked us through all the decision making like linings, button thread colour, style, pockets, edgings, cuts with total ease and recommendations where we needed guidance. During our appointment we had the place to ourselves and there were two visitors who popped into the shop, one previous customer who had his 21st Century kilt on and was passing enroute to the Scotland rugby match and wanted to say hello, and a groom to be collecting his outfit for the big day. On both occasions there was such good will and a warm friendly feeling with all parties, this place makes you smile. Our appointment was 90 minutes in total and flew past and we left with immense excitement about getting the bespoke kilt outfit (kilt, ghuillie pockets, socks, waist coat & jacket) and what the 1st event will be that it will be worn to. If you are looking for something with a bit of character and a change from the normal Prince Charlie jackets and traditional tartans then this place is for you.

July 2017

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Alice W.

When some music awards came to Edinburgh a couple of years back (sorry about being vague, I think it was MTV) obviously Vin Diesel and the likes had to show their appreciation of being in our wonderful country by wearing kilts. I'm using Vin as the example here as I remember him having an iconic leather one. All of the Kilts in question were made by Howie of 21st Century Kilts who strongly believes that they shouldn't just be a formal item and every Scot should have one as part of a versatile wardrobe. Enough novelty and let's make men 100 times more attractive.

April 2017

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Lindsay O.
Updated review.

Updated review. Well their website estimate of 6-8 weeks for a bespoke outfit is proving to be a little tardy. 14 weeks and counting and still eagerly awaiting the finished product. (Granted this included over the Christmas period) The initial perfect service has waned a little. I'm sure it will be fantastic once it is here........getting a little eager to see the finished product.

April 2017

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