House of Labhran Scottish Kilt and Sporran Style Blog

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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Scottish Sporting & Game Bird Art by Tim Niall-Harris
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Scottish Sporting & Game Bird Art by Tim Niall-Harris – Original paintings of Scottish game birds and sporting scenes. Featuring Red Grouse, Woodcock, Partridge, Black Grouse and Pheasant by world renowned avian artist Tim Niall-Harris. Artist biography – Tim Niall-Harris and his creative journey began … Read More

Aboyne Basket Weave Hand Knitted Country Shooting Socks Garter Ties
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Aboyne Basket Weave Hand Knitted Country Shooting Socks Garter Ties – Our Aboyne basket weave hose garter ties add that extra style to your shooting socks. Perfect for that day on the hill with your plus fours – breeks or … Read More

Deer Skin Bespoke Jacobite Style Sporran
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Deer Skin Bespoke Jacobite Style Sporran – Jacobite style sporran are something we have become known for. The hunt for vintage brass Jacobite Culloden style sporran cantles is something we have had great success, although they are getting harder and … Read More

Kilmarnock – Balmoral Bonnet – A short history of these classic Scottish hats
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Kilmarnock – Balmoral Bonnet – A short historyKilmarnock – Balmoral Bonnet – A short history of these classic Scottish hats. The Balmoral – Kilmarnock bonnet dates back to at least the 16th century when it was a knitted soft wool … Read More

Balmoral Highlanders Uniforms – Balmoral Castle Scotland
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Balmoral Highlanders uniform and accoutrements   The Balmoral Highlanders were originally Queen Victoria’s staff on the Balmoral estate and the uniform consisted of just a jacket and Royal Stewart tartan kilt. The Queens piper wore the Balmoral tartan. Edward the … Read More

Rothesay Scottish Tweed Crail Kilt Jacket & Waistcoat
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Rothesay Scottish Tweed Crail Kilt Jacket – Styled on the HRH Duke of Rothesay’s waistcoat. Made to order In a range of wool tweeds. To button front. Plain cuffs with three buttons – Two plain pockets flaps. Stag horn style … Read More

Sporting Scottish Estate Tweeds for the coming season
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Sporting Scottish Estate Tweeds – With the coming sporting season on the horizon we are starting to work on new sporting tweed projects for clients. Perfect for that day on the hill, in the grouse butt or on the peg … Read More

Bias Cut – Straight Cut Tartan Kilt Waistcoats
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Bias Cut Cut Tartan Kilt WaistcoatsStraight – Bias Cut Cut Tartan Kilt Waistcoats – We think everyone is aware that we love our vintage Highland wear style at the House of Labhran. One of the classic for us is the … Read More

Antique – Vintage – Silver Scottish Sporran Showcase
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Antique – Vintage – Silver Scottish Sporran Showcase – We thought we would share a few photos of past vintage and antique sporran finds and some of the hand crafted silver sporrans we offer. So to mix them up with … Read More

Styling your tweed kilt jackets for the season
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Styling your tweed kilt jackets for the season – Anyone who knows us would say we have a passion for Scottish tweed. The wonderful Estate tweeds we work with are so versatile and can be used for a wide range … Read More

Scottish Keepers Estate Tweed Hats & Caps
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Scottish Keepers Estate Tweed Hats and Caps With the fishing season well underway in Scotland and people starting to think about the shooting season we have been working on lots of new hat projects for clients in the UK and … Read More

Sterling Silver Celtic Knot Engraved Cantle Sporran Project
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  Sterling Silver Celtic Knot Engraved Cantle Sporran – Over the years we have created many a bespoke wedding sporran. Recently a Canadian client worked with us to develop a new project for a family wedding in Canada. The cantle … Read More

How to style your Balmoral or Kilmarnock Bonnet
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Style your Scottish Balmoral – Kilmarnock BonnetHow to style your Balmoral or Kilmarnock Bonnet – In a previous blog post we covered how to shape you Balmoral or Kilmarnock bonnet by wetting it in hot and cold water. So we … Read More

Antique – Vintage Pattern Highlanders Sporran – Hand Finished Aged Leather – Limited Edition
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Vintage Pattern Highlanders Sporran – Hand Finished Aged Leather – Limited Edition We have just launched a new Limited Edition sporran based on the classic pattern that was worn by HRH George VI. Based on a vintage pattern leather day … Read More

The Royal Young Family – Edwardian Sporran Style
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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 – Atholl Man
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William Duff Atholl ManWilliam Duff Atholl Man – Ghillie, Gardener, Fiddler, Flyfisher, Violin Maker 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 … Read More

Scottish Bagpipe Drone Ribbons – Made to order
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Scottish 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 has been lost but may … Read More

Atholl Highlanders Period Style Red Garter Flashes
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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
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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
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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
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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 Thistle Horsehair Sporran
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Antique Thistle Horsehair Sporran Antique 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. … Read More

Antique Silver Sgian Dubhs. Victorian & Early 20th Century Vintage Silver Sgian Dubhs
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Antique Silver Sgian Dubhs.Antique 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 – … Read More

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Sterling Silver Sgian Dubh
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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
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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

Vintage Scots Guards Pipes & Drums Photographs
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Scottish Wildcat Sporrans – Clan Associations
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Scottish Wildcat Sporrans & Clan AssociationsScottish Wildcat Sporrans & Clan Associations – The Scottish wildcat, cat fiadhaich in Gaelic, is no household moggy and has always been regarded with a certain respect by humans on account of its legendary ferocity when cornered.  Over the … Read More

Victorian Colour Sgt Insignia
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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

New Labhran Blog
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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