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Tartan makes its mark on the catwalk in Milan

Tartan was the main focus of the Moschino collection at the Milan Fashion Show. The haute couture line included kilts, bow ties, heart shaped sporrans and a glengarry or two!

Douglas Kinloch Anderson, chairman of Edinburgh-based Kinloch Anderson, which makes tartan and exports it worldwide, said he welcomed the latest burst of enthusiasm for tartan but with the caveat that it was used in the appropriate way.

He said: “Tartan is particularly fashionable at the moment. It is being used more and more in the fashion world. This is not a bad thing provided it is used in the right way.

“It doesn’t surprise me that it is on the catwalk in Milan as there is a quite substantial interest worldwide in authentic tartans with history behind them, rather than fashion checks.

“What we are keen to see, or want to see, is tartan used an authentic way, not made fun of.”

Mr Kinloch Anderson, whose family has been in business since 1868 and whose portfolio now includes 300 shops in Asia, added: “Tartan appeals to people all over the world, to people of different ages.”

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