In conclusion to our series of individual profiles, we present to you this atmospheric group photograph featuring a range of pieces from the Stewart Christie archive collection.
Over the course of this shoot not only did we have great fun; the energy and enthusiasm generated by the gathering of such creative and inspirational people proved empowering for us at this exciting time.
Whilst some might question our choice of female models sporting bespoke garments first commissioned for patrician Establishment figures, the team styling this shoot is giving out a key message – that we remain proud of our heritage and tradition, but look to the future; continuing to blend excellence with innovation for those savvy dressers – male and female – looking for the best.
Our mission is to continue to celebrate the tradition of Scottish tailoring, textiles and design. With our long history, we see it as our duty to nurture Scottish tailoring, of which there is now so little left, through using our highly trained staff. In due course we aspire to engage and foster new talent in learning the skills and art that makes a qualified tailor through apprenticeship and careful career development.
Our wish is to remain true to our heritage and loyal clientele, whilst introducing a new generation to the skills and craftsmanship of bespoke tailoring and quality products. With our emphasis on using Scottish and other British cloths from our greatest mills, coupled with attention to detail, classic tailoring and quality and provenance of manufacture we are confident of introducing our brand to a new generation of customers – customers who are seeking an authentic experience in a clothing market swamped with mass produced derivative goods.
Our supporting stock ranges of knitwear, formalwear, sporting clothing and accessories will complement this, being sourced only from trusted suppliers committed to helping us achieve our goals of quality, value, authenticity and taste.
We look forward to introducing our future collections to you, and thank you as ever for your ongoing support!
Tailored by Stewart Christie.
Photography Colin Usher
Assisted by Gavin MacQueen
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
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.
We spent the day with Dominic Le Moignan, a London based Actor and Creative Director up Arthur's Seat to test out the performance of his bespoke three-piece in a rifle green barathea.
Scottish comedian and formally BBC Radio Scotland presenter, of 18 years', Fred MacAulay is a long standing and valued Stewart Christie customer. We spent the afternoon asking him a few questions about the comedy circuit and his lesser known passion for outdoor pursuits.