The George Goldsmith Profile

  • By Stewart Christie
  • 11 Jan, 2016

Stewart Christie’s Creative Profile with George Goldsmith

George Goldsmith

have the finest portfolio of large holiday houses and sporting estates in Scotland whether for your ultimate Scottish holiday, sporting week or shooting weekend.

George managed to find some time in his busy schedule to answer some of our questions on his business, the brochure, Scotland and of course tweed.

1. Name

George Goldsmith


2. Profession

Property Agent


3. Goldsmiths has an incredible portfolio, how long has the company been established?

I set up the business in 1999. Seventeen years!


4. We work with many of the same estates, where we tailor our sporting attire, do you have a favourite area or location that you share and enjoy with your family and clients?

That’s a million dollar question. I have many special places in Scotland that I love. It rather depends on what we are doing. The sea and mountains of the north west are a big draw and certainly our clients love this area too. The remote parts of Sutherland in the north are also really appealing too particularly if you are fishing a salmon river in perfect conditions. The Outer Hebrides also offers a great contrast to the mainland. Sea, beaches and some great sport.


5. Stewart Christie is very proud to be featured in your annual publication, we think this edition is possibly your best to date, did the design and look take shape organically, or was the vision apparent from the beginning ?

The production of the brochure takes about six months and it evolves over this period. The main thing is to keep it looking fresh and up to date with some interesting articles. There is certainly contrast with some of the articles from Scotland to Africa which I hope will appeal to our readers, as well as having a great portfolio of properties and estates to offer.


6. It is an honour to be creating your second bespoke tweed suit, what attributes do you look for in your clothing? More form or function?

I love tweed so I don’t need that much persuasion! A new tweed suit is always a great addition to one’s wardrobe. A good cut for the jacket with traditional plus fours is what I was after. Hopefully the suit will blend well on the hill and be very functional. I might also be able to wear the tweed jacket in a more suburban environment too. Perfect for wet, cold days in Edinburgh!


7. With your extensive knowledge of Scotland and our clothing, if you were to choose a location for a Stewart Christie photo shoot where would it be?

The Highlands. The backdrop would need heather, hills, and some great views. A loch, river, a Land Rover and a dog would also be thrown in the mix.


8. The New town is fast becoming the hub of great new businesses, what drew you to locate to the New Town? Are there plans for any further offices?

The office in North Castle Street was a great move for us 9 years ago. It is very central and an ideal place to promote some of our properties for rental and for sale. It is also very handy for our clients and customers to drop in and see us. Glyn Satterley’s large black and white images on the walls help create a good environment. No plans


9. The cloth from you latest suit is from Lovat Mill in Hawick, we have used their fine fabrics for many years, what attracted you to your current choice?

Stephen Rendle from Lovat Mill, who is a keen sportsman recommended the sporting tweed range which has a Teflon waterproof coating. I looked through the tweed options and one stood out!


10. With the designs and sampling underway for the new Stewart Christie collections, if we were to create a special "Goldsmiths" garment to be named after you, which piece would it be to reflect your character?

There’s a question! Probably a jacket. A well tailored jacket really sets the tone and made in tweed, feels SO good.

Thanks George, we look forward to seeing your jacket out on the hill!

Stewart Christie are proud to be featured in the annual George Goldsmith brochure!

You can see the beautiful eight page feature below and you can view the whole brochure here or you can pick up a printed copy at Goldsmith's on Castle Street or at Stewart Christie nearby on Queen Street.

George Goldsmith Brochure page 52

Photography by Richard Schultz & Kristie De Garis

Q&A by Vixy Rae 

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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  
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Millinery: http://www.sallyannprovan.co.uk
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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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