Spring comes to our Contemporary Collection and takes the form of supple and luxurious fabrics draped in silhouettes of timeless modernity. This is a collection of beautiful juxtapositions where elegant, sophisticated pieces are styled nonchalantly and heritage patterns, deeply rooted in the history of tailoring and textiles, are combined with considered cuts.   

The styling in this photo shoot has been heavily influenced by our design ideal of “careless elegance”. This ethos is present throughout the collection, in details that inspire the wearer to add individual expression and creativity to their outfits. In our womenswear, it can be seen in oversized and untucked shirts, wide-legged and pleated trousers, and open or half-buttoned waistcoats. Our menswear selection finds nonchalant sophistication in pairing suiting with light knitwear, and the spezzato style of mixing and matching separates. 

As always, the tasteful and subtle pairing of cloth and cut is what makes our garments unique. The Contemporary Collection elevates tweed and woollen fabrics while celebrating their heritage and innate beauty. The colours are subtle, but full of richness and depth. Sky and navy blues, stalwart shades in suiting, are paired with soft shades of tans, creams and browns to create a neutral palette that is invitingly versatile.   

These neutral shades lend warmth to bold windowpane checks, compact herringbones and the chic simplicity of supple wool flannel. This collection seeks to celebrate each of these traditional patterns and elevate them through considered and sartorial silhouettes. The Prince of Wales Check is one such pattern that perfectly exemplifies the journey from heritage pattern to modern suiting mainstay.

The design was initially based on the Glenurquhart check, a development of the simple black and white checks commonly seen in the long, woven shawls worn by shepherds in the Scottish Highlands. It was then taken on by the Countess of Seafield as the estate check to be worn by tenants, factors and gamekeepers alike.  On one of his regular trips to the Seafield Estate, Edward VII took a liking to the pattern and, after making some adjustments, wore it so frequently and stylishly that it became known as the ‘Prince of Wales' check.  

Used in this collection in a deep navy and a rich, natural tan, the intricacies of this pattern anchor our tailoring to Scotland’s winding textile heritage. At the same time, our contemporary cuts modernise, resulting in timeless and enduring pieces.

Our Contemporary Collection is shoppable in all branches; Edinburgh, London and Glasgow; and online.