Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Stitched up

A very unusual story here. An 89-year-old woman has been sentenced to knit jumpers after she was found guilty of slashing car tyres! Apparently she will knit jumpers for all the people whose tyres she slashed. 'When she's knitted the sweaters, then the matter will be over for us,' said prosecution spokesman Helmut Bleh. Well the winter is on its way...

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

TV Matters

The BBC are showing a new season of fashion based programmes this Autumn that certainly look well worth catching.

Skirting the issue

A women's Dutch football team have caused something of a stir with their new kit which some have claimed more closely resembles a skirt, rather than shorts.

It's an interesting question though. Why shouldn't female football players be able to wear a skirt if they wish? If the garment is suitable for wear and doesn't hinder their movement then it's surely as acceptable as shorts? The club chairman of the teams insists this shift from shorts to skirts is no publicity gimmick and that his players genuinely prefer the skirts.

What do you think?

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Kilts: the long and the short of it

As readers of Company Clothing will know, in our September issue we featured the Blaklader High-Vis Kilt - you can see a PDF of the page here. To follow up we decided to take to the streets and find out what the general public made of this unique workwear garment - we had some interesting reactions! You can read them in October's issue of the magazine, out soon.

In the mean time it seems that we are not the only ones to get opinions on kilts. The BBC website has reported that some of Scotland's leading kilt manufacturers are meeting in Perth to discuss what is, and what is not, a genuine Scottish Kilt.

Kilt-maker Ruthven Milne is quoted in the story as saying: "A kilt is a traditional garment, not a fashion garment." Yet as our story has shown, the kilt is, like any garment, potentially the subject of fashion's eye - in this case being re-interpreted as a high-vis workwear garment.

So what do you think? What makes a kilt a kilt? Does changing it to a workwear garment cause it lose its heritage, or does it reinvigorate it and bring it up-to-date while helping to preserve it? Let us know using the comments button below...


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