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Useful Information

HOW TO HIRE

Hire with confidence from Houston’s with a choice of 80 tartans, 20 styles, 12 colours of jackets and over 2 million hire combinations. Each Houston Kilt Pack comes complete with everything you need to look the part for your special occasion.
All you have to do is:

  1. Check the date of your event is a minimum 30 days in advance (THE MORE TIME THE BETTER)
  2. Select an occasion for your Kilt hire
  3. Select a tartan kilt pack to suit your style
  4. Take your measurements using Houston’s step by step guide (link to self measurement) or let the experts measure you up in store for the perfect fit
  5. Select sizes and colours of your 10 kilt pack items including jacket, shirt, waistcoat etc.
  6. Come into the shop for a final fitting or receive a parcel if ordering online 2 days before function date specified

Top Tips for Kilt Hire

KILT: we recommend a full 8 yard 16oz heavy weight kilt, as it sits, swings and hangs and looks a million times better.

JACKET: go for a super lightweight well cut comfortable jackets, avoid heavy boxy jackets at all costs!

SPORRANS: Go for seal, racoon, nutra, mink or grey fox where possible as they are the best quality but also look so much better!

Always ask about the age of hire stock, you don’t want to have old tatty kilts on your special occasion.

Once you have enjoyed your event you can return the Kilt pack outfit to us on the first working day. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us, we love to see our happy customers!

KEN MACDONALD

Ken MacDonald is a Scottish businessman born in Paisley. He is best known for his work within the Scottish tartan industry and currently serves as a Governor and Vice Chairman of the Scottish Tartan Authority. As the fourth generation of the Houston Kiltmakers and boasting over 35 years experience, Ken is regarded as the voice of authority on tartan, kilts, Scottish clans and Scottish heritage. Ken built up Houston Kiltmakers reputation designing the Glasgow Garden Festival staff uniform and Glasgow’s Miles Better tartan for Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as designing the American National tartan to celebrate Tartan Day.

He also designed the Bute Heather tartan collection which was registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans and is a popular choice for modern and contemporary wedding hire. The exclusive range includes the variations on Bute Heather of Ancient, Autumn, Black, Grey, Midnight, Modern and Weathered.

Regarded and respected in the industry Ken provides the only shop in the world where you can see every tartan and who can special weave any tartan. Ken is as passionate about kilt making as he is about Scotland and always happy to share his knowledge with you.

HISTORY

Houston Kiltmakers are a fourth generation family run business with over 100 years experience as gentleman’s outfitters, Highlandwear & Tartan Specialists. Houston Kiltmakers are founding members of the Scottish Dress Hire Association which was founded in 1994 to ensure customer satisfaction and peace of mind. Let us create the perfect look for your wedding by offering you the largest and best range of Highland wear in Scotland.

View our exclusive Highland-wear range and you will see that little something different for your special day, at very competitive prices, with no hidden extras. We have the facility to match any name to a tartan with our Name Search Facility and can offer a Tartan Swatch in most tartans to help co-ordinate with the brides dress.

Hire with confidence from Houston’s with a choice of 100 tartans, 20 styles, 12 colours of jackets and over 2 million different hire options. Using only the best materials, every kilt is handmade and tailored specifically for you by craftsmen and women ensuring the best quality materials are guaranteed with all our own super light weight jackets!

Houston offer the best Highland-wear money can buy. We have a Kilt range to suit all budgets, tastes and colour schemes so when hiring a complete Highland Kilt outfit let the experts help make your day special! We hope our range of kilt packs help inspire and guide you.

ABOUT US

Houston Kiltmakers are a fourth generation family run business with over 100 years experience as gentleman’s outfitters, Highland-wear & Tartan Specialists.
We do a massive range of tartans, having the capability of producing or designing any tartan to buy.

Using only the best materials, every kilt is hand made and tailored specifically for you by craftsmen and women ensuring it lasts a lifetime. Our emphasis is on individuality of service, with first class personal service guaranteed, whether in person or by our online mail order service.

We offer the best highland-wear money can buy. So whether you wish to purchase a complete highland outfit or just start with a kilt and build your outfit up gradually, Houston Kiltmakers have a choice to suit all budgets and tastes. You only buy a kilt once in a lifetime, it ‘s worth getting it from a reputable kilt outfitters. With all the professional service you require, even aftercare back-up if you need it.

WHY BUY

Your kilt is an enduring statement of quality and personal style to be worn with pride. We are finding more men buy their own Kilts or receive them as gifts. A kilt is an adaptable piece of clothing and can be worn formally or for football, rugby and sports events with a casual shirt. A kilt lasts a lifetime and here are some popular reasons why you should buy a kilt:

  • You can get married in your Own Tartan. It can be worn later for Christenings, Weddings, Dinners, Balls, Ceilidhs, Dances, Burns Suppers, Graduations, Highland Games, Sports Internationals, Business Trips, Holidays, Cruises
  • Kilts can be easily taken in or let out at the waist and can even be remade
  • You will have an outfit fit for any occasion which will never date, and last a lifetime
  • Just think of the value of your investment of your Kilt or Highland Wear Outfit – it will probably be the best buy of your life, compared to the Bride’s Outfit worn once & put in the attic.
  • You will find a kilt will even become an heirloom, passing on to the next generation. Buying a Kilt is easier than you think, with expert help from Houstons.
  • Once you own a kilt, we estimate you will wear it between 6-12 times a year
  • It works out cheaper over the years than multiple hire costs

HOW TO BUY

Houston Kiltmakers are the only shop in the world to stock EVERY tartan! It is a simple process when investing in a kilt and we take care of everything. Learn about your clan history, use our tartan finder tool, discover the story behind your Scottish heritage and really enjoy buying a piece of your family history.

  • Select a tartan using tartan finder tool or we can help design your own tartan. Ken and his team are happy to help you select the right tartan in store or over the phone
  • Take your measurements using Houston’s step by step guide (link to self measurement) or let the experts measure you up in store for the perfect fit
  • Select the sizes and colours of your 10 kilt pack items including jacket, shirt, waistcoat etc.
  • Wait for your Kilt to arrive! Our team of expert Kiltmakers will start to create your hand made kilt that takes on average 6-8 weeks. A 2 week express service is available on request.