Introducing Mr Vic Galloway

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 28 Feb, 2017
We talk tweed, tailoring, tartan and music with the legendary Scottish, BBC Broadcaster, Journalist, Author, Musician, punk-at-heart and valued Stewart Christie & Co customer — Vic Galloway
Q Name?
A Vic Galloway

Q Profession?
A BBC Broadcaster, Journalist, Author & Musician

Q If you could create a "super group" using any musicians and artists from any age who would they be and what would you like to hear them play?
A Wow... OK, then! Horn Section: JB Horns, Drums: John Bonham, Bass: Bootsy Collins, Guitar 1: Jimi Hendrix, Guitar 2: Jimmy Page, Keyboards & Backing Vocals: Stevie Wonder, Lead Vocals: Aretha Franklin...
Or... Drums: Keith Moon, Bass: Youth, Guitar 1: Captain Sensible, Guitar 2: John McGeoch, Keyboards: Kraftwerk, Backing Vocals: The Slits, Lead Vocals: Iggy Pop...
Or... I could go on for hours!
They'd play soul, funk, r'n'b, rock'n'roll and punk rock classics... and improvise some psychedelic space-jazz here and there!!
Q The jacket we have just created for you has real sentimental value to it, can you share the story?
A Sadly, an uncle of mine died at the end of 2015. My mother asked my brother and me to go through his house and belongings in Selkirk to see if we wanted any furniture etc. We were told to take what we wanted, as the rest was going to be thrown away. In amongst it all I found a length of Borders' tweed - a kind that isn't produced anymore. I brought it to Stewart Christie and Dan from the shop said there was more than enough to make a jacket. I was thrilled! With Dan's help I chose the lavender, skeleton-punk lining, the cut of the jacket and details including peaked lapels, buttons, pockets etc. The result is amazing — it fits like a glove, looks smart but can also be worn with jeans, it's very idiosyncratic, personal and a total one-off... There is definitely only one jacket like this in the world! My mother loves it and says my uncle would be very pleased too. It is a sentimental story with a happy ending — thanks to Dan and the Stewart Christie team for making it happen.

Q  With the other cloth we have, particularly the tartan, what would you like to have made, there was mention of tartan bondage pants?
A Yes, I am a total punk at heart! I love Vivienne Westwood's designs and all things tartan and tweed. With a length of tartan, also found at my Uncle's house, I would really love some unique bondage trousers that can be worn either with a tuxedo or out to a gig! I had some cheap, nasty bondage trousers when I was a teenager from some punky shop in Dundee but now I would like some really high-quality ones... Although, it's perhaps not their typical order, I'm hoping Stewart Christie will do the deed! I think Dan's up for designing them... I can see a wee twinkle in his eye when they're mentioned!

Q Clothing trends and music have always gone hand in hand, are there any groups or artists today that have a style which is, in your opinion, unique?
A I think Franz Ferdinand are very dapper, The Strokes look good in jeans and converse and I usually like what Mark Ronson and Beck wear... But mainly I like the way John Lydon, Dave Vanian of The Damned, Nick Cave, Link Wray (in the 1950's) and Bob Dylan (in the 1960's) dress... Tartan, tweed, suits, black leather, polkadots, checks, chelsea boots etc. I like classic rock'n'roll styles but with a traditional twist — I like messing with convention...

Q It was rumoured Alexander McQueen chalked obscenities into the insides of the suits he was making in his apprenticeship days on Saville Row, what should we have chalked in your suit?
A Vic Galloway — Tweed Punk! (OK, that's not obscene but I'm writing it about myself here!!)

Q Is their a garment which you have always wanted and never found?
A I've always wanted a grey/blue tweed hoodie jacket with nice fleecy lining for winter... it could be awful if done incorrectly, but could also be awesome! Think about it... smart, streetwise and really warn for winter... a TWEED HOODIE JACKET!!
Q If you were to own a piece of archive clothing from anyone famous in history who would it be and what would the garment be?
A Elvis's leather outfit from the '68 comeback special... or some original Westwood bondage trousers from SEX... or an exquisite, original 1960's mod suit from Saville Row worn by the Beatles, Kinks, Who etc!

Q If you were creating a crest of coat of arms for yourself what would it have in it?
A Ooft... Guitars, skull & crossbones, microphones, scantily clad girls(!), tartan, tweed and a big lion's head! A kind of rock'n'roll, burlesque coat of arms if you like...

Q Tartan was used in the punk movement as a sign of rebellion, do you have a tartan? If not, what colours would you choose to go into the sets?
A I have a Galloway tartan kilt — it's Ancient Hunting Galloway and is in lovely muted greens, reds, yellow and white. I can also wear Campbell and apparently Agnew, MacTavish and a few others due to family connections. I like tartans with greens, light blues, red and yellow lines in there where possible.

Q What's your favourite Scottish Word?
A Tumshie always make me laugh... especially when used along the lines of... "That bwoy's goat a heid lak ah tumshie!"

  Thank you Mr Galloway. We look forward to tailoring for you again soon!

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By Stewart Christie 29 Nov, 2017

Name  Will Lyons


Occupation  Writer, Columnist, Wine Expert.


In your role tasting so many wines do you mainly enjoy european wines or the New World wines?

My first love has always been the classic wines of Europe. I very much learned to taste wines analytically in Edinburgh at the University Wine Society, a city which has been drinking and enjoying the wines of Bordeaux for hundreds of years. Back then we were fortunate enough to taste a wide variety of wines from all over the world. But it was a Scotsman, Hew Blair, then buying director of Justerini & Brooks who introduced me to the great wines of Bordeaux, the Loire and Burgundy. In 2005 I started writing a wine column for Scotland on Sunday newspaper, then I was 28 and I made a point of writing about the great wines of France. When I filed a column on vintage Krug Champagne, it raised a few eyebrows with the editor as it cost more than £200 a bottle!


Have European wines generally improved since you started wine tasting?

I think all wines have improved. Improvements in viticulture, greater understanding of picking grapes at optimum ripeness, good husbandry in the vineyards, the introduction of sorting tables and a general upsurge in investment has pushed quality levels to new highs. If you drive around the vineyards of Bordeaux, the investment in new winemaking and tasting facilities is colossal. Take Château Margaux, not content with having perhaps the grandest looking property in the world they recently opened a brand-new cellar designed by Norman Foster.


Brexit! This must have caused European wine prices to rise with the fall in the value of the £. Is life going to get tougher for the wine-lover?

Without sitting on the fence my honest answer is, it’s too early to tell. What we do know is that we have been buying and trading the wines of Europe since Medieval times and Bordeaux has been regularly drunk in Scotland since the 12th century. Having said that, today the wine map is truly global and the U.K. drinks more wine from Australia than any other country. Sorry to be so vague – with Brexit there are no easy answers!

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We recently spent some time in the shop catching up with one of the elite players of Scotland's Rugby Team. Sam has the charisma and charm that is a perfect match for his classic style and passion for the well loved sport. A scrum half, leading the pack, sporting the Scotland regalia on the pitch by day, classic-timeless gentleman, clad in tweed by night, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, professional rugby player, shares his experience representing the country's national team as well as his fondness for well-tailored, classic attire.
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Jack Lowden, one of Scotland's greatest contemporary talents who has recently starred in the closing film of the Edinburgh Film Festival, England is Mine, as well as Christopher Nolan's epic blockbuster, Dunkirk, spent the afternoon with us at Stewart Christie talking all things Morrissey, theatre, Nolan and Spitfires. From Essex to Oxton to London, Jack has embraced his profession both on stage and screen in a massive variety of roles. Read on for a little insider of his experience pursuing a rather exciting career. 
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It was a complete pleasure to meet and dress the eminent actor, author and director Mr Richard E. Grant. Daring to be different and breaking away from the black tie, he cut a dash across the red carpet in our stone prince of wales check three piece in the light summer weight tweed. At the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening party. And of course, we asked him a few quick questions and cordially invited him to our prestigious Stewart Christie & Co Gentleman's Club.
By Stewart Christie 08 Jun, 2017
All garments and tailoring by Stewart Christie & Co in collaboration with Edinburgh based bridal designer, Rowanjoy.

For any special events, weddings, or the need for specialised tailoring, head to Stewart Christie for the best traditional service and expert consultation email

Photography: Laura Meek,  
Models: Abigail Gliksten and Tabitha Stevens
Gowns: Rowanjoy,  
MUAH: Mairi Gordon, http://mairigordon
Styling: Vixy Rae
Flowers: Kirsty Downie

By Stewart Christie 07 Jun, 2017
Francois and Nella, artists from France, friends of Stewart Christie and lovers of all things Scottish, had the dream to venture over to Skye for a timeless wedding at Dunvegan Castle. Dressed in fine tweed and tartan, of course.

From the finely crafted wedding ensembles, including a Victorian inspired bespoke gown to the immaculate and well preserved interior of the castle, the day easily alluded to what could have been experienced a few hundred years back for guests at a Lord and Lady's special day. Not to mention, the weather was particularly mild, unexpected, but happily welcomed by all, which led to a most exquisite sunset to polish off such a classic affair.

Nella wore a hand made Stewart Christie 'Inverleith' Cape, made from a beautiful soft lovat green herringbone tweed from the Scottish Borders. The Kilt Jacket and Waistcoat were tailored for Francois in a matching tweed to compliment his beautiful bride. He was proudly adorned in his Ancient Clan Farquharson Kilt and sash. The outfit was completed with a hand crafted sporan by McRostie in a chestnut bridal leather. We were proud there were a number of other guests dressed head to toe in our finely tailored tweed and tartan garments.

Following the wedding day, Francois and Nella strapped on their hiking boots along with their wedding outfits for a walk through the wooded Fairy Glen, just around the corner from Uig, for a romantic and equally magical morning, surrounded by inspiring nature to further embrace the beauty of Skye over their fairy tale wedding weekend.

By Stewart Christie 16 May, 2017

Ian was brought up in Fife, but finally settled in Edinburgh, with his wife and two sons. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he had a rather wide variety of character building jobs, such as a grape picker, taxman, alcohol researcher, hi-fi journalist, college secretary and punk musician-to name but a few. Now his immense passion and knowledge for music and writing go hand in hand. We had the great pleasure of Ian's company in the Oxford Bar for a quick pint and a catch up, after measuring him up in the store for his first Stewart Christie bespoke three-piece, in a soft grey lambswool tweed to be completed for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he will present various events in true Scottish style.

Name? Ian Rankin

Profession? Novelist

Do you usually complete your work and then get it published or have you got some novels that you’ve secretly shelved that you may finally release at a later date?

I've only got one unpublished novel - my very first. Unlikely ever to see the light of day. It was a not very funny comedy set in a Highland hotel. There is one novel, Westwind, which was published, but I was unhappy with. I've never allowed it to be reissued. 

Very interested to know what you are currently working on that we may look forward to?
This is a sabbatical year. I am tinkering and pottering, but not doing a novel. A few short stories, meetings about film and TV. Travelling to festivals far and wide to promote Inspector Rebus' 30th anniversary.

It’s incredible that Rebus has been translated into 22 different languages, have you ever read them in other languages? We understand you resided in France for a while. It must be quite a strange feeling to see them in French, not that you would read it, but is there anything that would make you read any of your novels again once you've written them?

Translated into 35 languages - I need to update the information available online! I lived in France for six years but it wasn't translated into French until after I'd moved back to the UK, which was a bit annoying. I only ever reread my novels when asked by my publisher to provide the introduction to some new edition. 

Where do you find your inspiration in Edinburgh for such crime stories? Do you have a few "favourite haunts" you like to go to and write, or are you one of those writers who is constantly inspired throughout the day, like Alexander McCall Smith, who is forever writing?

I write seldom. I'm certainly no McCall Smith. The man is a machine. I hang out in pubs, especially the Oxford Bar. I eavesdrop on conversations. I go for drinks with retired cops. I am also a news junkie, and often get ideas from newspaper reports and such like.

We know you have a great passion for music. In a recent interview with Tim Burgess at the book festival, we experienced your immense knowledge of artists and albums, it was an interesting talk. Would you host or partake in more of them this year?

Like most crime writers, I am a frustrated rock star. Putting so much music in my books has led me to form friendships with a host of musicians, which is a lovely bonus. I will be interviewing at least one musician at this year's festival - but it's under wraps at the moment.

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