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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.

WHY HIRE FROM HOUSTON KILTMAKERS

With 110 years of experience in the highland wear and menswear industry, we are able to provide you with quality service and believe that you are in safe hands with our highly trained and knowledgeable staff.
 
We offer the largest, best quality and most exclusive kilt hire range in Scotland
 
Our Exclusive Bute Heather range has been designed by our owner Ken MacDonald with you, the customer, in mind, as it coordinates beautifully with today’s wedding colour themes. 
 
We also offer tartans from outside suppliers which means that, including our own exclusive Bute Heather range, you have over 70 tartans to choose from for your special occasion.
 
As well as our tartans, we offer super lightweight Prince Charlie and Argyll Braemar jackets which we have spent over 30 years refining, giving our customers who wear their hire outfits abroad or in the height of summer, the opportunity to look a million dollars whilst still being comfortable.
 
In addition to the traditional Prince Charlie and Argyll Braemar jackets, we offer contemporary tweed jackets in 9 different colours.
 
Different button options and silver wear is available on all jackets. 
 
Ruche ties are available in 130 plain colours, as well as 40 ties in plain colours. Matching tartan ties, ruches and garter flashes are also available in our Exclusive Bute Heather range.
 
As well as matching tartan ties, ruches and flashes; shoulder plaids, hand ties, ladies garters, ring cushions, table runners and dog bandanas are all available in our Exclusive Bute Heather range.
 
Why not visit our website?  www.kiltsforhire.com
 

WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR HIRE

At Houston Kiltmakers, we are very proud to say that we provide you with everything you need, head to toe, for your special occasion. 
(Kilt, belt & buckle, genuine fur sporran & chain strap, kilt pin, safety sgian dubhghillie brogue shoes, socks, flashes, lightweight jacket and waistcoat, shirt & tie and cufflinks).
 
When booking our hire, we only ask for a £5 deposit per hire. 
 
A £5 cost for Accidental Damage Insurance is now compulsory on all hires.
 

PRICES

Basic Range                 £80 – £100
Special Range              £100 – £150
Exclusive Range           £150 – £200
 
*Accidental Damage Insurance is not included in these prices*
 
Some tartans are no longer available for hire, however, we are pleased to offer you a Hire & Buy option. 
 

WHAT IF WE DON’T HIRE THE TARTAN YOU WANT

If you purchase a kilt from £295, the kilt is yours to keep and you get a courtesy hire of all accessories (including your jacket) up to the value of £80.
 
Email us at shop@kiltmakers.com , give us a phone on 0141 889 4879 or pop into the shop to find out more about our Hire & Buy option.
 

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR PARTY BOOKINGS

When booking a party of 5 kilt hire outfits, the 6th one goes free (up to the value of £150)! Book 10, get 2 free…booking 15, get 3 free and so on…( see below).
 
*This offer is available on our Bute Heather range only.*
5 + 1 FREE
10 + 2 FREE
15 + 3 FREE
20 + 4 FREE
 
If this offer applies to your party and it is a wedding party, we recommend that the groom goes for our unique Antique Silver wear accessories, giving you something a little bit different for your special day.
 ( Note some hire shops only give £100 discount on 6 hires and some only do 5 and 6th FREE on only one party of 12 or more), 
 

DO YOU PROVIDE HIRES FOR BOYS

Yes! We offer 60 tartans, 4 styles of jackets (including 3 different tweed colours) in our boys hire range, again with everything you need included in your hire.
 
Our boys range goes from 18″-32″ chest, 16″-26″ waist and 10.5″-14″ collar size.
 
The price of a boys hire starts at £95 – £150.
 

FINAL TOUCHES ON YOUR KILT HIRE

At Houston Kiltmakers, our staff work incredibly hard to make sure that your outfits look a million dollars. 
 
We thoroughly check your hires to make sure that everything you need is ready for you.
 
We are happy to help with correct kilt etiquette in store, with help when trying on outfits upon collection.
 
All of our outfits are professionally cleaned to a high standard.
 
All hire stock is held in store, so if any changes are needed, It’s is an easy process.
 
Our seamstress is in store and available 6 days a week. 
 
We are able to post hire outfits anywhere in the world.
 
If you are hiring over a weekend, you have a 4 to 5 day hire period. For example, if your function is a Saturday, you collect from 3pm on Thursday and return on Monday. If it is a midweek hire, you collect the day before after 12pm and return the next working day.
 
Long hires are available at an extra cost, to get a quote email us at shop@kiltmakers.com or give us a call on 0141 889 4879. 
 
Our size range fits from 8 months old and upwards. We offer 10.5″-23″ collar sizes, 18″-62″ chest size and 16″-64″ waist sizes.
 
There are numerous car parking facilities around our shop so collection and drop off is made easier for you.
 

CASHBACK SERVICE

If you book a  Bute Heather Houston’s own kilt range and wish to buy a full kilt pack we will refund you £50 on a full kilt pack 4 weeks after the hire  return on all kilt packs over £800 and you will get a FREE shirt and tie value £60 or if you wish to buy a  full kilt pack,
or if you wish to buy a full kilt pack and need a FREE loan of a hire we will give you a FREE hire from one of our range to value £150  if you place a full kilt pack order over £800