By Stewart Primrose
Scotland is facing a kilt famine after kilt hire shops reported a massive upturn in sales.
This is mainly due to the recent international sporting events, with 15,000 football fans travelling to Amsterdam at the weekend and the recent 6 nations rugby.
With Scotland due to play Iceland on Wednesday anyone hoping to hire a kilt for the match could be left disappointed. Sales for accessories such as belts, socks and sporrans have also been popular as the Tartan Army look to support their troubled side.
In Kirkcaldy, one kilt shop Kirk Wynd Highland House has been expecting an upsurge.
“We supply all the kilts for the Kirkcaldy Tartan Army and we always have a really busy time of it when Scotland is playing.
“The kilt hires have gone through the roof this week and the sales of sporrans and belts have also gone up.
In Glasgow, Dominic Capaldi, manager of MacGregor MacDuff, has admitted he has had to order in more stock as the demands exceed expectations.
“The demand from the Tartan Army has been phenomenal this week. We were really bust last week but I’m sure we are about 30 per cent up on that figure, which is amazing.
“The hire of the Saltire and the Thistle kilts have gone through the roof. They are definitely the most popular kilts we have available.”
If you are unable to get a kilt for Wednesday your best bet would be to go a higher class kilt makers. Beware though, as you may have to pay for it. The manager of Geoffrey Taylor in Edinburgh, Hugh Stratham, still has a healthy number of stock available as he feels the price has deterred many from using his shop.
” We have only sold 2 or 3 kilts for the football so it has not really affected our business. People have been shopping around and the prices seemed to have scared them off.
Our shop is at the higher end of the market so our kilts are mainly for long term, not for a one off football match.”
So if you are going to any ceilidhs or weddings, then you better be quick as there is a shortage of our national dresswear.