A New Tartan For the Silent Service, January 2017
The Royal Navy's Submarine service reinforced its links to Scotland today, with the launch of its new official tartan designed and woven exclusively by The House of Edgar.
The tartan was commissioned to celebrate these links, stretching back more than 100 years, when some of the Royal Navy's earliest submarines were built on the Clyde before undertaking sea trials on the Gareloch near Helensburgh. Designed in 1913, these K-Class boats were propelled by both steam and diesel, and could operate at speeds up to 24 knots, crewed by 6 officers and 53 men. Of the 18 boats built, none were lost to enemy action, although 6 went down due to accident, mishap and collision.
Through both World wars and the Cold War that followed, Rosyth and the Clyde played host to generations of the brave volunteers of the Silent Service, and the ties that bind are indeed tight. From 2022, all the Royal Navy's submarines will be based in Scotland, with the Clyde's base increasing to 8,500 as a result.
Launching the new tartan, Submariner Warrant Officer 1 Stephen Thomson said, "The colour scheme of the tartan has been designed to represent the dark green of the submarines' environment; the Navy blue, red and white naturally represent the colours of the Royal Navy, while the yellow represents the coveted golden "Dolphin's badge, worn with pride by all qualified submariners."
House of Edgar designer Trudie Ainsworth said, "it was a lovely project to be part of, and a real honour for us to be associated with so many brave men and women." She continued, "I grew up close to Faslane and often saw the submarines going on patrol. I never imagined that one day I would design the tartan they would wear. It makes me very proud."
The Royal Navy Submarine Service tartan has been registered with The Scottish Register of Tartans, and has registration number 11,556 and may be worn by all submariners, both serving and retired
New Shanghai Showroom 17th June, 2016
The opening this week of its new showroom in Shanghai, provides Perth based Macnaughton Holdings, with an exciting opportunity to develop its growing market in China. In association with the locally based interiors expert, Shanghai Home Expo Company, the new showroom showcases Macnaughton's Isle Mill brand of both classic and contemporary wool upholsteries and window fabrics.
"We first met Shanghai Home Expo in 2015, when they visited us at the prestigious interiors and lifestyle exhibition, Maison & Objet in Paris," said Bill Wheelan, the company's Sales Director. "We initially sent them a number of our pattern books, and over the coming months, they sampled a variety of our products. Having established the market for the Isle Mill's products in China, they approached us with the showroom proposal, which will see our fabrics displayed alongside many of Europe's top designer brands."
He continued "The showroom formally opened last night with a grand party, and we now look forward to seeing some nice growth in this fast developing market"
The company, originally founded at the end of the eighteenth century on the banks of Loch Tay, is one of Scotland's oldest textile companies, and remains in the hands of the seventh generation of the founding family. Headquartered in Perth, and employing almost 70 staff at its three sites around Scotland, Macnaughton has bucked the recent trend that has seen many Scottish textile jobs disappear, by concentrating on niche markets with an emphasis on exports.
Queens Birthday Honours List
The company is pleased to announce that managing director Blair Macnaughton, has been awarded an M.B.E in the Queens Birthday Honours List for services to tartan weaving and kilt making in Scotland.
Blair said "Its obviously a huge honour to be recognized in this way, not only for my family and I, but also for my entire staff, who have helped me in establishing The House of Edgar, as Scotlands leading highland wear manufacturer."
He continued, "We now stock support nearly 1000 tartans, and are widely seen as the market leader in the sector. It is only through constant innovation and the dedication of our skilled team that we have established our reputation in the market."
Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band
After 10 years, Macnaughton Holdings Ltd has announced the end of its sponsorship agreement with The Shotts and Dykehead Pipeband with effect from the end of April 2013.
During the period of sponsorship, Shotts won more than 34 championship titles, including the World Championships for the Band as a whole and the Drum Corps separately. Although World Championship titles have been somewhat harder to win in the last few years while the band has been undergoing a number of changes in key personnel, the recent appointment of Ryan Canning as Pipe Major has once again seen the Shotts returning to its musical best.
In announcing the end of the agreement, Blair Macnaughton, Managing Director of the Sponsor said:
"We at the House of Edgar have thoroughly enjoyed our association with the Band over the last 10 years. It has been a totally symbiotic relation, with Edgar representing the very best of Scottish manufactured highlandwear, and the Shotts representing the best of Scottish music. We wish Band all the very best for the forthcoming competition season, under the new leadership of Ryan Canning."
Sandy Bell, Chairman of the Band said:
"We would like to thank the House of Edgar for its sponsorship and support since 2003. We have been proud to wear their uniforms and bear their name, and it has been nice to be associated with one of Scotland's oldest family companies."
Isle Mill Fabrics Used as Centre Piece of Harrods Jubilee Windows
We were delighted that the famous Knightsbridge store Harrods, chose some Isle Mill fabric to form the centre piece of one of its Jubilee windows. The mixed theme window featured a table cloth in the fabric Sloane Walk from the recently launched Sloane Square Collection, in colour Sand.
It may be of interest to note that the Macnaughton family started manufacturing textiles during the reign of George III, Queen Elizabeth's Great Great Great Great Grandfather.
Visit the Sloane Square section of our Isle Mill Website.
|Launch of the Red Hackle Tartan|
Launch of The Red Hackle Tartan
For centuries the iconic scarlet plumes of the Red Hackle have inspired generations of Scotlands Black Watch soldiers both on and off the battlefield. Now the spirit and glory of the distinctive head-dress of the worlds most famous regiment is to be embodied in a brand new tartan bearing its name.
The Red Hackle Tartan was launched on January 5th, Red Hackle Day, at a special unveiling at the regiments Balhousie Castle museum in Perth. Designed by The House of Edgar, the new tartan features the instantly recognisable dark colours of the famous regimental tartan, with a series of overchecks in two shades of red, signifying the Red Hackle.
Blair Macnaughton, managing director of Macnaughton Holdings, said
I have been wanting to create a Red Hackle tartan for several years and were all delighted with the final result. I feel sure the Red Hackle Tartan will have widespread popular appeal not only to those connected with The Black Watch past or present but also to the general public who have no allegiance to any clan tartan.
The new tartan has already proved popular with our retailers within Scotland, and it will be available in a wide range of merchadise, including scarves, ties, kilts, trews and waistcoats, as well as fabric in a variety of weights.
| The final tartan was chosen from a number of designs submitted to members of the Black Watch Heritage Trust for approval. |
Assistant Regimental Secretary Major Ronnie Proctor praised the design and said it had already won the approval among the old soldiers of the Black Watch Association that he had shown it to.
The Red Hackle is something that Black Watch soldiers have always been proud to wear, and they will be equally proud to wear the new tartan as I hope many others will.
The House of Edgar is to be congratulated on designing a tartan that is both true to the traditional Black Watch roots and the spirit of the scarlet plume.
A proportion of the sales of the new tartan will be donated to The Black Watch Heritage Appeal set up to secure the museum and its collection for the benefit of future generations.
Alfie Iannetta, chief executive of The Black Watch Museum Trust, said the donation from the sale of the new tartan was a creative and innovative way to raise both funds for the Appeal and the profile of the museum.
The Red Hackle tartan will feature on a range of merchandise available across the world and through our own museum and online shops, he said.
Its a great looking tartan and Im confident it will endure for generations.