Introducing a very dapper dentist: Dr. Niall McGuinness

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 22 Dec, 2016
Dr. Niall McGuinness is lead clinician and head of the academic programme for the MClinDent / DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute.
Dr. McGuinness is not only a very dapper dentist but he is also a keen follower of Chap Magazine and the music of  Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,  
a ‘best dressed’ champion of the Harris Tweed Ride  and a valued customer of Stewart Christie & Co.
Q Name?
A Niall McGuinness

Q Occupation?
A Dentist

Q We have enjoyed making you various tweedy garments for you. As a man of great style and finesse. Was this something that occurred early or late in life? Midlife, but definitely not due to a crisis. In dentistry with hygiene regulations, I presume tunic and scrubs are your only option. However, when you are guest lecture at the dental school, do you embrace your more flamboyant side or do you have to conform to conventional attire?
A As a lecturer and clinician, all of us have to wear appropriate clinical attire on the Dental Institute – long sleeves and ties are not permitted as they rapidly collect bugs and that is a potential infective risk. So we all have to wear scrubs in the clinical areas.

Q We know that you were awarded 'best dressed' at the Glasgow Harris Tweed Ride a few years back. What bike were you riding at the time? And what is your current bicycle of choice?
A The bike was my Marin Eldridge Grade, which I bought from the Edinburgh Bike Co-op in Whitehouse Loan in 1994. As it is 22 years old it's almost a vintage machine. The current favourite is my Colnago Master Steel road bike from Ronde Cycles in Hamilton Place. I have ridden it from Geneva to Venice over the Alps, and all along the Loire Valley, the Atlantic coast of France, and from Paris to Nice. It is as light as a feather and a triumph of the frame builder's art.

Q Have you ever entered the London Tweed Ride?
A Yes, I have done the London Tweed Run for the last 5 years. I won second prize the first year for "best moustache"; which surprised and delighted me because I was up against stiff competition from the likes of Conrad Amis and Barry "Fingers" Copson, stalwarts of the Handlebar Club, Tweed Run and the Eroica Britannia.

Q We are currently designing a vintage inspired cycling outfit for Mark Stevens, one of our dear friends and customers. I believe, he too was one of the winners of the ride in Edinburgh. Do you have any suggestions for essential details and cycling considerations on this collaborative effort?
A I would recommend a generous cut at the shoulders for comfortable movement and equally generous provision for plus fours – in a light to medium weight tweed.

“My best experience was when I was in Dublin one year for Christmas. I was walking through the city centre when this young hoodie came towards me, took one look, and said "Respect!" before passing on.”


Q What was your first purchase as a boy or an early piece that shaped your style?
A Hmm, at a young age I really didn't think much about clothes. Some of the worst fashion faux pas' of the 70's completely passed me by. Tweed only featured once in my wardrobe, this was a jacket, made from Harris Tweed, I had when I was at at school. My interest in my current look only took off in 2011 when I read the Chap Magazine and got to like the music of Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer (aka Jim Burke) who raps in received pronunciation. I decided it was time to dress my age instead of trying to dress in fleeces, t-shirt and jeans - after all, I'm no longer 18 years old (and neither are all those middle-aged men who swan around central Edinburgh on rugby weekends dressed like that). I remarked to someone that if all these middle-aged schoolboys actually dressed well they would probably cause a riot in the street with their appearance.

Q What does the The Chap mean to you, is it a magazine or a state of being?
A The Chap Magazine is a real mine of fascinating news and profiles of people who don't follow the current fashion for blandness and mediocrity: fashion is transitory, style never goes out of fashion. Chap as a state of being? It doesn't require that you dress differently, it is what is on the inside that is important – and probably the best way of defining it is adopt the motto "live and let live – and don't frighten the horses"

Q What does Stewart Christie mean to you?
A Stewart Christie is an oasis in a retail desert. All you need now is couple of indoor palm trees.

Stewart Christie & Co. Tales of Tailoring

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 info@stewartchristie.com

Photography: Laura Meek, http://laurameek.tumblr.com  
Models: Abigail Gliksten and Tabitha Stevens
Gowns: Rowanjoy, http://rowanjoy.co.uk  
MUAH: Mairi Gordon, http://mairigordon
Millinery: http://www.sallyannprovan.co.uk
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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Actor, Emun Elliott is our latest member of the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s club

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new member to the Stewart Christie Gentleman’s club. We spent a day enjoying some quality time with the talented and charming actor, Mr. Emun Elliott.

Emun was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, his father is of Persian descent and his mother is Scottish. He spent his formative years in Duddingston and Portobello, Edinburgh and attended George Heriot's School.

After attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 2005, Mr. Elliot's career has gone from strength to strength. Perhaps you were lucky enough to have seen him performing on the stage in the critically acclaimed play Black Watch, where he played Private Fraser. You may also know Mr. Elliot from his film and television projects where an extensive list of diverse roles make for an impressive resume. You can see Emun in Game of Thrones, Prometheus, Exodus, Filth, Threesome, Paradise and Star Wars, to name but a few hits.

We enjoyed a stroll with Mr. Elliot as he wore in his new, Stewart Christie & Co. The jacket fitted for Emun is in Harris tweed jacket with patch pockets. During our walk we took the opportunity to ask a few questions.
By Stewart Christie 22 Dec, 2016
Dr. Niall McGuinness is lead clinician and head of the academic programme for the MClinDent / DClinDent programme in orthodontics at the Edinburgh Dental Institute.
Dr. McGuinness is not only a very dapper dentist but he is also a keen follower of Chap Magazine and the music of  Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer,  
a ‘best dressed’ champion of the Harris Tweed Ride  and a valued customer of Stewart Christie & Co.
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