« Back

Press Release: 18 March 2007, Edinburgh and New York

Songbird to Join Thistle & Broom as New Face

Kelly Brings Broadway Glamour to Scotland's Source of Luxury

18 March 2007, Edinburgh and New York - Thistle & Broom today announced their newest 'face' is also a tremendous voice - Scotland's beautiful and talented Margaret Kelly.

Kelly, born in Bellshill just outside of Glasgow now makes her home in New York City with her husband former international motocross champion William Feeney. Kelly has made a considerable impact on audiences hidden beneath layers of pppurrrfect make-up playing Grizabella in the North American touring company production of CATS.

Just off her rigorous touring schedule and back in New York working on her new CD Kelly won't be called on to break into song for Thistle & Broom but she was quick to sing praises for the firm. "As a woman whose career demands an ability to evoke emotions I can't tell you what it means to me personally to wear exquisite clothing made in, and of fabrics woven in, Scotland. The incredible beauty and craftsmanship of all the Thistle & Broom products gives me, as a Scotsman, an incredible sense of pride."

"Our choices of clothing allow us to make a statement about what's important to us on a very personal level. All too often clothes are about 'the latest designer'. Our clientele, like Scotland, have a self possessed confidence and don't need labels to make their presence known - Margaret epitomises that trait," said Thistle & Broom's managing director Teresa Fritschi. "Of course she's physically beautiful but there is something ephemeral about her that I wanted conveyed with our clothing - perhaps it is the essence of Scotland that come like a breath, whatever it is she's magic."

Ms. Kelly will be showing off Thistle & Broom's Dichotomy Gown, Dochart cocktail dress and Longing Cloak all in timeless and exquisite Harris Tweed in VisitScotland's Scottish Village during Tartan Week NY celebrations. A fashion shoot will also take place during Tartan Week in Grand Central Station on one of the grand staircases with another Thistle & Broom spokes model, Chris Capaldi who will be wearing fashions from Edinburgh's 21st Century Kilts. Both Kelly and Capaldi will be available after the shoot to answer questions about Scotland, Thistle & Broom and 21st Century Kilts.

About Margaret Kelly

Margaret studied acting and theatre arts at Langside College in Glasgow, Scotland and then was accepted, but was unable to attend, Mountview Theatre School in London. She started singing professionally at the age of 16 and has had a wide range of performance experience in musicals, cabaret and session singing in recording studios. Scholarship auditions with the AMDA brought her to New York City where she was awarded won one of the highest scholarships ever given. Since graduating she has performed in such shows as "Broadway close up", "Songs for a new world", "The Full Monty", "Lucky Stiff"," Musicals Tonight" and "The 25th Anniversary Broadway National Tour of Cats." In addition to her Equity Card for the United Kingdom, she now holds the same the United States along with a brand new Green Card.

About Thistle & Broom, Limited

www.thistleandbroom.com Edinburgh-based Thistle & Broom is a Fair Trade modeled ecommerce initiative with every one of the products offering being sourced exclusively from within Scotland's borders. Eight percent of the related pre-tax profits are donated to carefully selected Scottish not-for-profit organisations which serve to preserve, protect or restore elements of Scotland's heritage. Thistle & Broom was legally incorporated in Scotland in April 2004 and commenced trading in May of 2005.

For more information about Thistle & Broom please contact:

email pr@thistleandbroom.com

Scotland's beautiful and talented Margaret Kelly.