Howie Nicholsby was a mere eighteen years-old when he started re-thinking the kilt. And whilst the garment itself is far bigger than any one company or time in history evolving through many ancient cultures including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Celts and Brits, it is Howie that has taken this historic garment and brought it to its fullest contemporary potential.
Nicholsby’s work has been photographed by world famous photographer Mario Testino and helps to support VisitScotland in projecting a younger, funkier image of Scotland at home and abroad. His celebrity client list has helped transform the way people wear a kilt and positioned his 21st Century Kilts as an iconoclast of Scotland’s most recognisable icon. The kilt may have evolved over thousands of years but true to its origins Nicholsby has brought the kilt back to being everyday clothing and not simply special occasion wear. In the process he has given Scotsmen a sense of national pride and rebellion unknown since ‘the 45’.
Nicholsby’s efforts for Thistle & Broom encompass all his previous successes and builds on them, brilliantly. His trademark ‘edge’ now infused with sublime bespoke elegance. In designing and producing his line of hand-crafted couture kilts and companion suit jackets and vests, all made of the extraordinary certified organic tweeds from the Isle of Mull Weavers at Ardalanish Farms, for Thistle & Broom he will contribute to our mission in offering the consumer the ultimate in Scottish style while doing no harm to the planet - what we call sustainable luxury.