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Labhran Highland Wear Style Blog

Our Labhran style blog will bring you a regular blog post with our thoughts and ideas for Scottish Gentlemen, Dandies and Rogues. Featuring our news and views on kilts, tweeds tartans and vintage - antique Highland wear finds. We hope you enjoy the posts and check back regularly for the latest posts. Share our passion for Scottish national dress.

We hope you will be interested by our articles and thoughts and ideas for Scottish vintage Highland dress, antique sgian dubhs, vintage sporrans, bagpipe banners, vintage kilt style, regimental insignia and accoutrements . We hope you enjoy the posts and check back regularly for the latest posts. 

The House of Labhran are proud to have worked on designs for the Scottish Highland Regiments, Canadian Regiments US Army, USAF baldrics, Fire & Rescue, Military Academy Bands, RAF, ATC, Police, Scottish & Irish Flute Bands, Royal British Legion, Parachute Regiment and British army. 

We have also worked on film, theatre and television projects including: The National Theatre of Scotland-The Black Watch, The English National Opera, Warner Brothers Film, The Age, Billy Budd, Wonder Women, The Four Feathers, The Crown, Victoria and Abdul and many more. 

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The Royal Young Family – Edwardian Sporran Style

Edwardian Sporran Style We love vintage CDV’s and postcard images of the Royal family at Balmoral for the reference of sporrans and Highland dress styles of the Edwardian period. One interesting points is most of the sporrans are adult sizes … Read More

William Duff – Ghillie, Gardener, Fiddler, Flyfisher, Violin Maker and Atholl Man

William Duff – Ghillie, Gardener, Fiddler, Flyfisher, Violin Maker and Atholl Man Willie Duff Born 1810 – Died 1892 Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland. Willie Duff was a notable ghillie, gardener and estate worker at the Blair Atholl Estate and amateur maker of violins, … Read More

Scottish Clan – Regimental – Area Tartan Bagpipe Drone Ribbons

Scottish Clan, Regimental & Area Tartan Bagpipe Drone RibbonsScottish Clan, Regimental & Area Tartan Bagpipe Drone Ribbons Bagpipe Drone ribbons have been around for centuries and used by clan pipers and regimental pipers alike. The origin of the drone ribbon … Read More

Atholl Highlanders Period Style Red Garter Flashes

Atholl Highlanders Officers Period Style Kilt Hose Garter Flashes We have recreated Atholl Highlanders 19th Century period style classic red worsted garters. We have looked at the style still worn by the regiment today and some vintage CDV photos from … Read More

The Braemar Gathering Highland Games Royal Deeside

The Braemar Gathering Highland Games Royal DeesideBraemar Gathering – Highland Games The Braemar Gathering Highland Games Royal Deeside – Each year the village of Braemar in Royal Deeside, Scotland invites people from all over the world ‘to come over the … Read More

John Kay Georgian Engravings – Old Edinburgh life circa 1790’s

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John Kay Georgian Engravings – Old Edinburgh lifeJohn Kay Georgian Engravings – Old Edinburgh life We have a passion for the work of Georgian Edinburgh based engraver John Kay. Although 220 years on from the time when he lived and … Read More

Bespoke Designed Scottish Goats Hair Sporran – for a California wedding

Bespoke designed Scottish goats hair sporran for a California wedding   We recently had an email from a lovely couple in California that are getting married in a couple of months. The were very excited about the idea of creating … Read More

1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh

1931 Sterling Silver Vintage Edinburgh Sgian Dubh Thomas Kerr Ebbutt 1931 Edinburgh hallmarked sterling silver sgian dubh. Basket weave carved blackwood hilt mounted with a cairngorm stone. Blade with some age pitting as they all tend to when they have … Read More

Antique Vintage Engraved Thistle Horsehair Sporran

Antique Vintage Engraved Thistle Horsehair Sporran Vintage 1910 – 1920 Engraved Thistle Horsehair Sporran. With engraved cantle featuring thistle designs with a leather backing. Three black hair tassels on a ivory horsehair body. Small leather back pocket.   Antique – … Read More

Antique Victorian & Early 20th Century Vintage Silver Sgian Dubhs

We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns of WW1 – WW2. Our sgian dubh and dirk range make … Read More

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Sterling Silver Sgian Dubh

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders officers sterling silver sgian dubh Our regimental silversmith makes wonderful hand crafted Scottish sgian dubhs for clients around the world. One of the classic we make is the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regimental sgian dubh. The leather … Read More

Kilt Bows Ribbons, Gaelic Knots & Kilt Rosettes – Hand made in Scotland

Kilt Bows Ribbons, Gaelic Knots & Kilt RosettesHand craft Gaelic knots on the kilt have been popular since the 19th century. The House of Labhran hand craft kilt bows – Gaelic knots for clients around the world. From Scottish Highland and … Read More

Gordon Highlanders Vintage Sgian Dubh

WW1 Period Gordon Highlanders Vintage Sgian DubhWe have just discovered another wonderful vintage regimental treasure. This week it was a circa WW1 Gordon Highlanders officers – Pipe Major – Drum Major’s sgian dubh. The pattern is a classic and has … Read More

Vintage Scots Guards Pipes & Drums Photographs

Over the years I have been lucky enough to blow pipes with numerous Scots Guards pipers and in fact my first two tutors had both been Scots Guards Pipe Major’s. So we thought we would share a few vintage photos of … Read More

Curated Antique – Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh Style Photograph Album

Curated Antique – Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh Style Photograph Album – We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns … Read More

Curated Antique Victorian Kilts & Sporran Style Photograph Album

Curated Antique Victorian Kilts & Sporran Style Photograph Album – We have curated another wonderful group of antique kilt and sporran photographs. Featuring a fabulous selection of antique and period Scottish national dress. From famous pipers, to Highland gentlemen and … Read More

Gordon Highlanders Regimental Pipe Major’s Insignia

Gordon Highlanders Regimental Pipe Major’s insignia are something we have supplied to the British army and private clients for 20 years. The Pipe Major’s No1 dress insignia are based on an archer green uniform with gold – gilt insignia. We offer … Read More

92nd Gordon Highlanders 19th – Early 20th Century Military Photographs

92nd Gordon Highlanders officer circa 1870 Colonel James Forbes-Robertson – Gordon Highlanders 92nd Gordon Highlanders officer circa 1870 Victorian 92nd Gordon Highlanders Officers Sporran Cantle Victorian 92nd Gordon Highlanders Officers Sporran CantleVictorian 92nd Gordon Highlanders Officers  Sporran Cantle. 2nd Battalion … Read More

Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Association Bagpipe Banners

Regimental Badge – Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Association Bagpipe Banner Angus Crest – Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Association Bagpipe Banner St Andrew – Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Association Bagpipe Banner Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regimental Association Bagpipe … Read More

Mixing it up at the Copper Dog Whisky Bar Craigellachie

Mixing it up at the Copper Dog Whisky Bar – Craigellachie – Speyside – Scotland When not busy in the House of Labhran design studio or painting for clients, just down the glen lies our favourite watering hole at the … Read More

Victorian Colour Sgt Insignia

Colour Sgt. Guards Regt. Group of the 71st Regiment with Colour Sgt. Crimean War. Circa 1863 – Colour Sgt.Alexander Scots Fusilier Guards. Victorian Colour Sgt InsigniaVictorian Colour Sgt Insignia We were asked by a client to re create some Guards … Read More

Bespoke Charles Rennie Macintosh Sporrans

Bespoke Charles Rennie Macintosh SporransWe recently worked on a project for two bespoke Charles Rennie Macintosh sporrans for clients. The sporrans were to be for a wedding that is taking place in the Charles Rennie Macintosh designed church in Glasgow. … Read More

New Labhran Blog

New Blog – Scottish Regimental Embroidery ShowcaseNew Blog – Scottish Regimental Embroidery Showcase. The House of Labhran was established in 1998 as an online Highland wear and design studio. Based on Speyside in the heart of the Highlands we specialise … Read More