After years of having garment rails in my lounge I now have a dedicated wardrobe for clients to browse. One of every stye and size of Skilt available – all neat and tidy. Next time you are in London why not come over and have a look?
Fast becoming a destination for stylists, models, performers and dramatic fashionistas of all types, Torture Garden & Wasted Chic present the fourth instalment of a new shopping experience aimed at those with unconventional tastes…Featuring a curated selection of underground fashion & all things daring- think couture latex, custom corsetry, elaborate headresses, tempting lingerie, luxury leather, and exotic jewels….set across 3 floors in sumptuous & award-winning venue McQueen Shoreditch, we also have premium cocktails for just £5 & a sublime soundtrack provided by Torture Garden & Wasted Chic DJs to add to the fun.
Designers will be selling items for immediate purchase on the day, but will also be taking deposits for pre-order, allowing you a chance to meet with them, see samples in the flesh, and discuss your requirements, making purchasing that special item even easier…..a great opportunity to purchase something unique in time for those Torture Garden’s Birthday Ball, Belle Epoque, springtime soirees or your naughty nights in.
**Those that have come ‘Dressed to Impress’ will be invited into our pop-up portrait studio to have their look captured by our talented in house photographer, Gothic Image**
£7 entry on the door
£5 entry if you let me know today (Thursday) so I can put you on our guest list
See you there!
With friend and ace photographer Laura Hynd. I went to buy a small quantity of black synthetic fabric for a custom order and came away with 62 metres of fabulous brown wool fabric that will make up beautifully.
Did a bit of modelling for photographer friend Amanda Eatwell a couple of weeks ago. She is working on a series of photographs called ‘Downtime‘. Mine was me posing with a ukulele in The Star of Bethnal Green. After we got the main shot we took the opportunity to take a few Union Flag Skilt shots. What do you think?
Making a Union Flag kilt is a bit like doing a jigsaw. The guys in the workshop have been hard at work finding the corners, completing the edges, filling in the sky … and, happily all the pieces were there. We now have Union Flag kilts in stock. Buy one here.
By Jove … we’ve been Gizoogled!
Da Skilt story
Hi, hoes call me Richard. I be tha designer, sample maker, model, webmaster, n’ salez manager here at Skilt. Together wit tha thang crew up in our Bethnal Chronicworkshop I aim ta brang you pimpin qualitizzle kilts dat is eye catchin n’ practical ta wear.
How tha fuck it started
I looted mah first kilt up in bout 2002 – a cold-ass lil skanky black one dat I just wore ta go clubbing. It wasn’t until 2007 while I was on holidizzle up in tha States when I saw mah first contemporary kilt wit press studz n’ pockets – a Utillikilt. Upon returnin ta London I went online n’ ordered mah crazy ass one. I loved dat shit. I wore it around hood n’ loved tha erections. I was hooked.
One dizzle I was lookin down at trouserz of mah pinstripe suit n’ I gots tha idea ta create a pinstripe button-up kilt. I looted some fabric, mah playa flossed mah crazy ass how tha fuck ta thread her sewin machine and, nuff minutes later, I had made mah first kilt. It was a lil short n’ a funky-ass bit rough around tha edges but I was aiiight wit dat shit. In fact people’s erection was so positizzle dat I decided ta take thangs further.
One night I had a idea fo’ a kilt brand. Commando Kilts. I was horny bout tha playful allusion ta what tha fuck lies beneath n’ tha association wit tha military. I gots straight on tha internizzle n’ checked ta peep if tha URL was available and, ta mah surprise n’ delight, it was. I was buckwild.
Over tha next few weeks I hit dat shizzle on a logo design, gots permission from Wilkinston Sword ta feature tha Fairbairn-Sykes commando dagger, n’ busted mah application ta tha patent crib ta peep if I could regista dat shit.
There was a cold-ass lil couple objections n’ I was a funky-ass bit worried dat tha Royal Navy could git heavy wit mah dirty ass. As I was waitin ta smoke up tha result I set bout designin a funky-ass mo’ betta kilt.
Da design challenge
I loved mah Utillikilt but a cold-ass lil couple thangs bugged mah crazy ass bout it: tha pockets was not detachable, n’ tha waist wasn’t adjustable. An engineer by hustlin, I set bout comin up wit a elegant design dat would address these issues. Over tha next few months I made mah dirty ass kilt afta kilt. Each one tryin up a thugged-out different idea.
Da first thang ta git right was tha pockets. After nuff iterations I found dat a simple strip of velcro coupled wit belt loops fo’ strength did tha thang. Stylin wise I took inspiration from British Army combat threadz. I be a gangsta yo, but y’all knew dat n’ mah first thang design was tha Combat Kilt. I lined up manufacturin up in Vietnam … but didn’t yet have tha trademark on ‘Commando Kilts’. Should I wait? Or could I come up wit another name as a stop gap?
Tomothy Vincent, a oldschool playa of mine, came up wit tha name Skilt up in a funky-ass domestormin session. I didn’t like it at first but it kind of grew on mah dirty ass. I was horny bout its simplicity, dat it was less overtly army macho, n’ tha possibilitizzle it could kind of be tha ‘hoover’ or ‘xerox’ of tha modern kilt.
Da logo design moved like quickly from a swooshy S ta a squished S ta represent tha foldz of tha pleats.
Da patterns was made, tha label was designed, n’ a cold-ass lil couple months later mah first batch of ‘Combat Skilts’ arrived from Vietnam.
Da London kilt
Da kilts from Vietnam was pretty phat n’ playas was horny bout em. But they weren’t exactly what tha fuck I had hoped fo’ n’ I was pissed tha fuck off. Communication was always goin ta be a issue n’ you can hardly bust a kilt back ta be altered if you spot a problem. I needed somewhere mo’ local.
Volunteerin at a Whitechapel sewin charitizzle fo’ playas recoverin from menstrual illnizz I was dirty ta receive sewin tuizzle from tha straight-up dope Arif n’ Anhar. With they muthafuckin help I came up wit tha Funky-Ass Skilt design dat not only nailed tha waist adjustment issue but also pioneered a modular method of kilt construction dat allowed fo’ simpla patterns, alternatin pleats, banged pleats, n’ reflected piping.
After tryin up nuff muthafuckin local workshops Arif put me up in bust a nut on wit mah current thang crew. They is a funky-ass busy bunch n’ it can sometimes be a cold-ass lil challenge ta fit tha kilts tha fuck into tha thang schedule but they always pull tha stops up when one of mah thugs needz a kilt fo’ a special occasion.
Kilts is bustin up in popularitizzle as pimps around tha ghetto embrace they creativitizzle n’ individuality. I hope dat Skilt will continue ta delight pimps n’ dem hoes around tha ghetto. Right back up in yo muthafuckin ass.
If yo ass is horny bout kilts up in general n’ Skilts up in particular I’m open ta tha possibilitizzle of partnershipz of all kinds. If yo ass is experienced up in PR or fashizzle retail n’ is horny bout muthafuckin helpin take Skilt ta tha next level please do git up in touch.
I have a shot at wearing either my Union Flag or George Cross kilt on TV for promotional purposes.
It is for a show called Russel Howard’s Good News. To stand a chance I need to have an awesome headline and a good reason why I should be on his front page.
I’m struggling for ideas. Can anyone help please?
What an honour to see Lee Thompson, the saxophonist from Madness, in his St George Cross kilt at the Olympic closing ceremony last night. Looks like the Englishness may have been an issue though as a couple of small Union Flags had been stitched onto the front. Wish we’d had the opportunity to provide him with a Union Flag kilt instead. Hopefully the George Cross one will be returned to its full glory for future gigs.
Check out this video at 9’20”
This is some of the most amazing fabric we have ever seen: a prince of wales check covered with complex gold, silver, and black embroidery. Some kind of weird organic clockwork feel. It looks good on the roll but it looks amazing as a kilt. With brass buttons and buckles this really is a past future classic! Click here to buy one!
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We were originally commissioned to create a Mexican kilt by a client who runs a Mexican restaurant. The complex Mexico crest was always going to be a challenge. According to Wikipedia:
The current coat of arms of Mexico has been an important symbol of Mexican politics and culture for centuries. The coat of arms depicts a Mexican Golden Eagle perched on a prickly pear cactus devouring a snake. To the people of Tenochtitlan this would have strong religious connotations, but to the Europeans, it would come to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The national coat of arms is also used in the Seal of the United Mexican States, a modified official version used by the federal, state and municipal governments.
In the end we decided to use fabric paints. Many thanks to friend and fabric designer Anna for her fabulous brushwork. It was a lot of work but I think you’ll agree that it was worth it.
We have since found out that using the image of the Mexican flag on garments is against the law in Mexico. I guess I won’t be going there for my holidays!
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If you’ve walked along Shoreditch High Street recently you’ve probably been drawn into the cornucopia of fabulous delights that is Present. The FT’s ‘How to spend it‘ raves about them and says they stock “Brilliantly edited modern menswear that pushes fashion boundaries without going over the top”.
I was wowed as I browsed through for the first time last winter. It turns out that Eddie (the co-owner of Present and co-founder of the famous Duffer of St George) was equally wowed by the Union Flag kilt I was wearing.
The upshot of this chance meeting (don’t we always meet more people when we wear a kilt?) is that we have been given the honour of being featured in their jubilee punk themed window. Thanks guys!
Here is a great video from our friends at Wild Biscuit.
MOVE is a live show from Wild Biscuit, fusing Scots piping with hip hop B-Boy, funk & jazz. Like their facebook page here
The band are all wearing black biker Skilts with featuring reflective piping stitched into every pleat:
Check out our new 100% tapestry kilts. We got a couple of rolls of this fabric at a very special price so we can sell these to you for just £195 each. Visit our shop.
We like the leopard kilt teamed up with a plain black jacket to bring out the spots:
We call the next one our ‘Abstract Plants kilt‘ … like gardening on acid. We think it’s got a bit of an art deco / dandy look to it so we’ve teamed it here with a velvet smoking jacket:
I’ve had a design for a kilt with the Union Flag on the front for a while now. It looks pretty good but I’ve never been 100% satisfied with it. It didn’t adjust as neatly as my Classic Skilt design and, despite trying a number of innovative solutions, there was always the propensity for the wide apron to ‘tent’ across the knees when sitting (to the delight or chagrin of the person sitting opposite).
Having a Union Flag that wraps across the pleats of a Classic design Skilt has been in the back of my mind for years but I’ve always written it off as too complicated. This year I’ve finally decided to give it a go.
I’m a stickler for accuracy so the Union Flag needs to be drawn to just the right scale so that the height of the flag matches the length of the kilt. The rectangular flag then gets translated onto the conical form of the kilt, as I do this I realise that it’s even more complex than I first thought as it requires extra adjustments to stop the diagonal lines from having a ‘saw tooth’ effect. Each pleat needs at least 3 unique pattern pieces for Red, White, and Blue. All in all it is an epic project.
Thankfully I’ve got an expert to help me. I’d like to introduce Graham my pattern cutting assistant:
We’ve just added a fourth City Skilt to our range. We have gone for another Prince of Wales check as the others have proved so popular. This wool fabric has a beige base colour with green and red. We’ve teamed it with brown leather straps and brown corozo buttons. It is the buttons that make this a City Skilt but we think it looks perfect for a spot of sport in the country.
We recently accepted a commission to create a Royal Marines kilt in the Corps Colours:
- Blue 4 part
- Yellow 1 part
- Green 1 part
- Red 2 parts
- Blue 4 parts
Navy blue is the primary colour in the combination selected. it marks the intimate connection of the Corps with the RN. Blue was the colour of the facings on the uniform for over 100 years.
Drummer red is the secondary colour in the design. This tint of red is the old historic colour of the British Army and was worn by the infantry of the Corps from early times down to the introduction of scarlet in 1876.
Light Infantry green was worn on the shako by the infantry of the Corps for some years. It was perpetuated in the bugle strings of the RMLI
Old gold, rather than yellow, is the colour closely associated with the early history of the Corps, as it was the distinctive colour of the dress and ensigns of the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot from which the Corps originates.
This isn’t a new image but it seems timely for me to post it onto the blog.
Max brought this Kilted (OK, I know it’s a hula skirt!) Santa back from Hawaii. She’s away in Australia right now … I wonder if she’ll find a kilted kangaroo or something while she’s out there?
Have a great winter solstice and Christmas holiday.