When considering a service provider, don’t you find that after a while one company starts to look like the next? You see companies like ABC Window Cleaning, Squeaky Clean Window Cleaning and Spotless Exterior Cleaning but then you come across a company with a man in a kilt as their logo – intrigued? I bet you are!
We’ve never questioned the power of the kilt, but we’re sure some of our customers have.
Some people just don’t understand why we wear a kilt, so in order to appreciate why we do we thought we’d do a blog post about the actual history of the kilt. Then you’ll know exactly why we chose to include the kilt as a part of our uniform so many years ago (2002 to be exact!). To understand more about the kilt we thought we’d share this article from Ask.com:
“Scotland’s full of tradition: bagpipes, haggis… And, of course, the most noteworthy Scottish signifier: the beloved kilt. More than just a well-structured skirt for men, a kilt is an important symbol of the power and stature of its wearer. While kilts enjoyed a long history as the warrior dress of the ancient Scottish highlands, it wasn’t until about 200 years ago that this famous outfit became a true emblem of Scottish culture.It all began with England. Back in the day (“the day” being 1822, to be exact) Scotland was under the rule of the British Empire, helmed by King George IV. At the time of his coronation George wasn’t too popular (he was rude, overweight, mean to his wife, and Brits still consider him “one of the worst monarchs in history”). The Scots were particularly unhappy with British rule, as their country had been the stomping ground of England’s unrest – though a British monarch hadn’t set foot in the country since 1640!In order to make nice with Scotland and improve his reputation, George IV decided to pay a visit, where the Scottish writer Walter Scott played host. Scott, a self-styled expert in ancient Scottish tradition, convinced the king to have an enormous welcome pageant. This meant dressing the part. At Scott’s suggestion George IV purchased the equivalent of over 100,000 British pounds worth of traditional highland garb, including hats, tartans, and of course – kilts.George IV’s over-the-top pageant kilt was a hit with the locals (despite being a tad too short and paired with pink tights!). State dinners during the king’s visit required that gentleman attendees also wear previously out-of-style kilts, and suddenly every tailor in Scotland found himself hustling to sate the demands of the country’s newest fashion craze.
The Scots haven’t looked back since, and now kilts are popular with people like Kanye West, Axl Rose, and the entire cast of Braveheart. The world’s biggest celebs in highland tartan? Sounds like a successful comeback.”
The only thing that list forgot to mention, was us!
So seriously, why do we at Men In Kilts wear kilts? We wear them because they are fun and they help us get noticed. It’s not every day you see a man on a ladder or harnessed to a rooftop in a kilt and it sure gets people talking. You probably wouldn’t even be on our blog post right now if we were just ‘Nic’s Window Cleaning’ (the name of our Founder, Scottish/Canadian Nicholas Brand). The kilts were a natural fit with the Founders’ Scottish heritage, and a fun, unique way to stand out . We like to think people give our service a try because of the kilts, but they keep coming back because of the outstanding service we offer. There’s a lot more behind Men In Kilts service than just our kilts!!
To find the Ask.com article by Hannah VanderPoel online go to – Why do the Scottish wear kilts?