With years of experience behind us, age and order demands have forced Blackthistle Designs to subcontract some
of our larger items. While to some that may mean the possibility of a difference in quality from the past, for which we are known, we can assure you that that is not the case. All measurements, paperwork and stock come from our
premises and MY OWN labor and I can assure you that even if the label is shared, the quality is top of the line.
Our North American orders, specifically our restricted U.S.Army Special Forces kilts are now being made
EXCLUSIVELY by J Higgins in Lenexa, Kansas, one of the premier kilt makers in America and while this may seem an
odd choice since I am located in Maine, you can rest assured that as well as their already established
reputation, we have our own "eyes" within 15 minutes of them in the form of the next generation of Blackthistle Design's residence.
With John sharing the load, I am free to still enjoy creating other bespoke items, and continue to take great
pleasure in the children's line, baby kilts, and the many, many other garments we have provided to customers all over
through the years.
As well, we have a dedicated group of knitters now in our Blackthistle family.
Regardless of by whom and where made, all our garments never ship without final visual inspection and
authorisation by me, and my promise is you will always be getting the highest quality, the best possible craftsmanship
and packaging we have always and will continue to provide.
An extra word about our kilts.
Although we are based in the United States of America, as a family and business we take great pride in keeping to the customs and heritage of my country. We enjoy seeing the embrace of the kilt as a distinct garment while it is being adopted by many and are pleased to provide beautiful tartan to all in both of the traditional forms of a kilt for men and a kilt skirt for women.
We especially thank you for respecting the Scottish culture and tradition by recognising and understanding this distinction, which, as a man's shirt to a woman's blouse with buttons, here is merely the alternate side of the buckles and overlay of the front flap.
By making this distinction, we are in no way addressing any other meanings to our choice to do so other than, as stated, the respect of this garment and its place and meaning in the Scottish culture.
To affix any other meaning to our policy is an assumption we do not recognise.