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St Patricks Day: Show your Irish heritage

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, for Irish and those of Irish decent this is a day to celebrate your heritage. Many people will attend parties and parades and what better way to celebrate by wearing a kilt outfit to show your heritage. The pipe bands marching in parades will wear a kilt of either a plain colour which displays their regiments, a county tartan or quite often a generic tartan such as Heritage of Ireland.

The largest St Patrick’s Day parade takes place is in New York and has been held every year on March 17th since 1762, this year marking it’s 250th anniversary. This is primarily a military parade with many pipe bands, and up to 300,000 participants. Irish Pipe bands will often wear kilts are part of their uniform and are joined by numerous kilt wearers amongst the spectators.

It is fitting that the largest St Patrick’s parade is held in the USA seeing as 11.9% of Americans can trace their heritage back to Ireland. 22 of the US presidents including 44th President Barack Obama trace their roots back to Ireland.

For a limited run only we have added a section to our website dedicated to Irish outfits making it easy for you to view our range. Leading up to St Patrick’s Day you’ll also find these items on sale. Show everyone this year your Irish heritage and get ready to join one of the biggest celebrations in the world.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American and Scottish American friends.

More than 9 million American are Scottish or from Scottish decent. These links are proudly shown in a number of American tartans. Perhaps one of the most appropriate to wear today is the American Heritage tartan, (see below). This tartan was created for Americans with or without Celtic Heritage. You can see the colours red, white and blue, of the American flag represented in this tartan.

Traditionally held on the fourth Thursday in November this holiday has it’s roots in the Autumn harvest feasts held by Pilgrim settlers. This festival marks the start of the holiday season in the run up to Christmas.

We have a number of other American tartans, including a Scottish American tartan. These tartans look particularly great made as trews to wear at formal occasions, or a waistcoat made in your tartan to brighten up a traditional kilt outfit. These would make ideal gifts or a treat for yourself this party season.

We’d love to hear how you are celebrating this thanksgiving and if you’re putting a Scottish twist on your celebrations. Stop by our Facebook or Twitter page and let us know.

 

 

We’ve Finally Perfected Tartan Paint

We’re thrilled to announce a breakthrough product, available exclusively through buyakilt.com. Tartan Paint is the latest addition to our website and it has taken years of scientific and technological advances to allow us to be able to supply such a unique product to the Scottish community in a cost-effective manner.

We have employed the talents of Prof Hamish McTavish from the University of Edinburgh to create the hugely sought after Tartan Paint. This patented formula was perfected in Edinburgh and is exclusively available on buyakilt.com. It utilises micromolecular viscosity technology to keep each colour separate in the pot and during application. Similar technology has previously been used by NASA to help keep volatile rocket fuel stable during take-off, due to the heavy pressure exerted on spacecraft. You can read more about the technology behind this in the item description here.

To make it even more Scottish, the secret formula contains traces of Haggis and Irn Bru to colour the browns and oranges in various tartan patterns.

Tartan Paint is available in over 3,000 tartans and we are sure this will be a welcome addition to those in the building trade particularly young apprentices who are often tasked with the difficulty of finding this product. No longer will their search go in vain.

Thanks to all who responded to our April Fools Prank. Whilst tartan paint would be a wonderful creation unfortunately the real science hasn’t quite caught up our fictional creation.

Did we find a few Gowk’s today?

April fools day was originally the 1st Day of the new year and after it’s change to January 1st people who ignored or had forgotten the change were subject to being called fools.  In Scotland this tradition is also known as Hunt-the-Gowk Day with the gowk being the recipient of the joke.  “Gowk” is Scottish for cuckoo (an emblem for simpletons). It is celebrated over 48 hours whereby jokes are made on 2nd April are devoted to jokes involving the posterior. This is credited as being the origin of the “Kick Me” signs and is called Taily Day.

Tartan Finder Gets a Facelift

Our tartan finder has been given a makeover, and we think the new look is pretty nice!

So… What’s New?

We’ve put in a search box on all pages, with the A-Z navigation right underneath it. To help you know exactly what you’re searching on, we wrapped the search box in tartan!

We’ve introduced the same navigation bar showing you how many tartans are in your current selection, allowing you to view more or less per page and the page navigation section.

Now the important bit – the actual tartan images! Firstly, we’ve made them larger and square and made them the same size as our product images.

When you select a tartan, you’ll see the cloths available in that tartan. We’ve tidied that up a bit, with a cleaner design.

We’ve also done the same on the individual cloth page.

As always, we hope you like the changes and we love to hear your feedback. Let us know what you think via Facebook, Twitter or by leaving a comment below.

This post is part of a regular series about improvements to our website. Read others here.

Kilt Outfits

Our custom kilt outfit has been hugely successful, allowing people to build their own unique kilt outfit by choosing the pieces that they want. Available in a number of Scottish clan tartans, and generic tartans of Scotland, this outfit is guaranteed to suit every style and budget.

Create your unique outfit today, but checking out our Custom Casual Kilt Outfit.