5 Important Questions

1: Do I buy a traditional kilt or a casual light weight kilt?

This is an important question to answer and it is simply a matter of personal choice. To provide you some guidance we can offer you some information. A traditional kilt speaks to tradition and authenticity. Traditional kilts often become heirlooms that get handed down from generation to generation. Customers feel a sense of pride and family nostalgia when they wear a quality traditional kilt. There is a sense of pride wearing a custom kilt stitched by hand. Many people can detect a traditional kilt just by the way it hangs and swings due to the fact that a traditional kilt is generally made out of a tartan in the 13 ounce to 16 ounce range versus a light weight fabric used in casual or fashion kilts.

A casual kilt does not have any connection to the Scottish tradition or clan names. They are light weight and often made of fashion materials such as camouflage and bright coloured fabrics. Casual or fashion kilts are machine made in high production shops.

Our Response:

MacIsaac Kiltmakers take the necessary time to hand-sew quality traditional kilts. Our customers indicate a pride of ownership because of our traditional hand-sewn techniques and the fact of it being made in Cape Breton Island.

2: Do I buy a Scotland-made Kilt or a Cape Breton-made Kilt?

The purpose of this question is to determine if there are advantages of buying Scottish or Cape Breton Island. The Scottish kilt certainly originated in Scotland and the Scot?s have certainly set the bar for traditional kilts worldwide.

Our Response:

MacIsaac Kiltmakers believe there are advantages to buying a kilt from Cape Breton Island, New Scotland. Firstly, the Scottish kilting techniques have been handed down over the years and MacIsaac Kiltmakers have been trained in the Scottish tradition for over 20 years. Our kilts are all hand-stitched, hand-sewn, and the pleats are all hand-stitched. One advantage of MacIsaac Kiltmakers is that we sew the entire kilt in our shop to control the process that improves the quality, consistency, and ability to meet deadlines. There is also a price and time advantage to shipping kilts from Canada to our North American, Australian, and New Zealand customers.

3: Am I buying from a distributor or a genuine kiltmaker?

When you research Kiltmakers on the Internet you will find kilt companies who share many of the same pictures, content, and layout. Many of these companies are simply distributors for large production companies throughout the world. It is often not what they say but what they don?t say on the website that becomes significant. It makes it really difficult to find a smaller kilt maker who uses hand-sewn traditional techniques. It is important to ask any of these companies if they make the kilts themselves or distribute for another company. You can only imagine the process involved for minor adjustments, future alterations, repair, or quality imperfections.

Our Response:

MacIsaac Kiltmakers only manufacture and sell their own hand-made heirlooms. We are not distributors for any large scale production company nor do we manufacture for another distributor. All our kilts are made on Cape Breton Island and sold by us throughout the world.

4: Am I buying a hand-sewn kilt or a machine made kilt?

This is another question that is difficult to get an answer to when you are researching kilt makers. First of all, let us set the record straight. If you have decided to purchase a traditional kilt, then you want the kilt hand-sewn. Period! If it is not hand-sewn, it is not traditional. Kilt makers know this, which is why they advertise this fact. Here is the challenge though. It is navigating through the different ways of saying or not saying what exactly they do. A kilt maker can save between 10 and 15 hours on a kilt if made by machine (which many do). They market them as ?hand-something or other?? to give you the impression of hand-sewn. One could state their case that since they used their hands to push the fabric through the machine that it must be hand-made. So, you need to ask the kilt maker the following:

  • Is the kilt hand-stitched?
  • Is the kilt custom made or a stock item?
  • Do you use a machine on the kilt at anytime, if so, when and where?

Our Response:

MacIsaac Kiltmakers are proud to clearly say the following:

  • Our kilts are all hand-stitched.
  • Our kilts are all custom-made.
  • Our kilts are all ?steam pressed? by hand.

5: What do you mean by the words, ?High Quality??

High Quality is really left up to interpretation. Any company can say it, right! The following points represent some guidelines that most kilt makers would agree on when crafting a custom kilt.

  • Hand-sewn: Small, even, tight, consistent, hidden stitches
  • Custom made for maximum comfort
  • The finest worsted wool tartan from Scotland
  • Top Quality leather buckles and straps for adjustments
  • Meticulous Hand workmanship
  • A user-friendly and accurate measuring system

Our Response:

These are the areas where MacIsaac Kiltmakers have excelled and have built their business on. Our 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee gives you the peace of mind that the above list is followed.