Discover Luxury Scottish Apparel with Sir James Steuart, Keeper of the Kings Wardrobe
Did you know that each of the nine apartments at Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood is named after a former resident?
We do not know how long James Steuart wandered in foreign lands after graduating from the University of Edinburgh, but we do know that his father’s cousin, William Steuart, advocate, and the “Universal Provider” for his family pulled a few strings, and next thing you know, James Steuart was made Keeper of the King’s Wardrobe in 1745, at a yearly salary of £40 with extravagant additions, including a knighthood! Nonetheless, three years later Sir James Steuart was given lodging at Abbey Strand after falling on hard times despite his rise in salary. The Keeper of the Wardrobe traditionally looked after the Kings clothes and jewels, and the contents of the palace such as furnishings, paintings and tapestries. I think then, it’s fair to say that Sir James Steuart knew a thing or two about luxury fabrics!
Sir James Steuart is the inspiration behind one of the 1 Bedroom Apartments in Abbey Strand Apartments at Holyrood. Custom-fit to maximise on space and substance, the kitchen area is equipped with all the mod cons necessary for modern living and seamlessly extends to family-friendly dining. Styled with pressed white linen and a selection of plump pillows, the King-size mattress is super-spacious, while the oh-so sit-able corner sofa doubles as a handy pull-out bed.
Located on the beautiful Victoria Street, Walker Slater offers high end suit tailoring using the finest Scottish Harris Tweed. Harris Tweed has been handwoven by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and made from pure virgin wool. Originally this handmade fabric was woven by crofters for familial use, ideal for protection against the colder climate of the North of Scotland. Nowadays, however, it has been transformed into the high end, made-to-measure garments Walker and Slater so brilliantly produce. Though tailoring is done by appointment only, you are always welcome to visit their shop on Victoria Street to explore.
If you’re looking for quality Scottish cashmere, then surely Hawico is on your list. Dating back to 1874 in Trinity Mills to when the Hawick Hosiery Company began their fruitful production process, Hawick Cashmere of Scotland still produces each and every single garment in the same exact factory. From the exquisite selection of men’s and lady’s knitwear and accessories to the impressive kaleidoscope of colours, Hawico can be found in the heart of Grassmarket – about a ten minute walk from Old Town Chambers.
Originally the brainchild of cashmere-queen Victoria Stapleton, Brora began as a mail order business operating out of a single basement. Since then it has become of the most popular and celebrated cashmere brands worldwide. With shops in Scotland, England, and even New York, people continue to fall in love with the exquisite Celtic designs. From classy coats to gorgeous baby clothing, stellar men’s polos, and luxurious accessories, nothing says chic more than being draped in head to toe cashmere. Not to mention, the cashmere and sheepskin pom-pom beanies are just the ticket to make the colder days more bearable! With Mother’s Day on the horizon, be sure to visit Brora at 48 Frederick Street, five minutes’ walk from reception at The Edinburgh Grand.
Stewart Christie & Co
Take a wander five minutes down Queens Street from The Edinburgh Grand and you should come across Stewart Christie & Co – reputedly the oldest bespoke tailors in Edinburgh. Supplying the likes of the High Constables of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Company of Archers, the Moderators of the Church of Scotland, and last but certainly not least, the Concierge Team at The Edinburgh Grand. Be sure to check out their superb blog, featuring everything from tweeds to poetry peppered with a good dose of interviews with the interesting people wearing their clothes!
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