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By M Ingram 15 Nov, 2017
The news has been full of tales of sexual harassment in recent weeks following the Harvey Weinstein allegations, with new stories coming out almost every day, and it got me thinking about the nature of sexual harassment in the workplace. Though Highland Scene is about as far from Hollywood as you can get it unfortunately doesn't mean that we are exempt from facing sexual harassment in the workplace on a surprisingly regular basis. Most of our customers are great, very respectful, however there is always that one person who takes it too far so I have decided to write this blog post to outline two of what should be pretty basic common sense rules of behavior when coming in for a fitting.

1) You're not as funny as you think you are...

The nature of this job means that we do have to get a little up close and personal with our customers - yes, we do have to put our arms around you to measure you and yes, we do offer a full fitting service here so we will kneel down to help fit your shoes and show you how to correctly tie your laces - but it was during a fitting last week while I was knelt in front of the gentleman tying his shoe laces that I heard the old familiar call of 'While you're down there luv...' *sigh* I know that its banter, and I know that in your head its totally hilarious and you are a comic genius but I can assure you it wasn't funny the first fifty times I heard it and its still not funny now! I know to you it may seem harmless but I ask the question, at what point does it shift from harmless banter to sexual harassment? I remember vividly a few years ago myself and a colleague fitting two gentlemen and whilst we were tying their shoes they very openly stood and discussed with each other our *ahem* attributes and debated who had the bigger/better set of said attributes... It was incredibly uncomfortable for us both and though we tried to laugh it off it made for a very awkward fitting experience.

I am all for having a laugh and having a bit of banter with our customers, it makes the fittings a fun experience for everyone, but please think before you open your mouths guys, remember that we are someones wife/sister/daughter and that you may not be as funny as you think...

2) Underwear is NOT optional!!

I can't believe I really have to say this but you absolutely MUST wear underwear when you come in for a kilt fitting! I have lost count of the amount of men that I have sent to the shops to buy underwear, when I tell my friends they don't believe me (I really wish I was joking). We work on an appointment basis so 9/10 customers that we see have booked in, they know they are coming in, it is pre-arranged - why then would you think it is ok to turn up to an appointment where you know you will at some point be asked to remove your trousers without wearing underwear?! In this job you literally see it all, but come on guys, please have a little respect! It is uncomfortable for us as fitters and so incredibly disrespectful when you turn up to your fitting unapologetically sans-underwear. I had one gentleman tell me that he was running late and 'forgot' to put his pants on (but yet miraculously managed to put all the rest of his clothes on and do his hair...) and one gentleman tell me that  'I don't mind if you don't' when I had to swap kilts over and it turned out he had nothing on... Really.... *facepalm*

Guys, please have the common decency to turn up to your fittings with the appropriate clothing on. At this stage I don't care if it your Sunday best or the holy old pair of pants from the back of the drawer - as long as you have them on then we will be delighted!


When reading through this post it might seem a little funny; guys saying silly, crude things and not wearing their pants - but sexual harassment in any form is no laughing matter and everyone should be entitled to a work environment that is free from any kind of harassment. I hope that people become more aware and that I have less of these kind of stories to tell in the future... 




By M Ingram 09 Mar, 2017
I was saddened to hear about the closing of the Carron restaurant in Stonehaven this week, though sadly it is a bit of a sign of the times. With every local business that closes the community loses something valuable; not only does it lose a place of employment for local citizens but it also loses a little bit of its identity, its uniqueness. Small businesses are all different, they come in all shapes and sizes, they are not cookie cutter franchises or chain stores, they offer such variety and are an asset to the community. They are owned and staffed by local people and the money spent in them filters back into the local community, unlike multi national corporations that may not even be based in the uk, let alone the local area.  As a local business ourselves we try and use Scottish suppliers whenever possible and deal with a number of small local suppliers as it is important to us as a small business to keep as much of our trade in the local area and Scotland as a whole as we possibly can.

Times are increasingly tough right now, not only in business but for everyone, and this area has been particularly badly hit, however the closing of the Carron has brought to the forefront one important point about small local business - you either use it or lose it. I know it isn't always easy, and we are all guilty of shopping on Amazon, sure, but we are the ones who need to make the change to our shopping and spending habits. The only people who can prevent this happening to other local businesses are us, the consumers. So shop local, tell your friends about that cute little cafe you found or the unique little gift store that you loved, take an afternoon and explore the range of different businesses that are in your town, try that award winning butchers and find out just why they deserved that award... 

Shop Local, Eat Local, Spend Local, Enjoy Local because it takes you to start a trend.
By M Ingram 18 Feb, 2017
Its that time of year again where the lead up to summer weddings means we are getting extremely busy with fittings in our hire department. With that in mind we ask you to remember that we work on an appointments basis. We are a small shop and can only fit a limited number of people on any given day without compromising our service. We try to do our best in making sure that all of our customers have a full fitting experience and are happy with their outfit which means spending a little time getting things right. Saturdays in particular fill up very quickly, and though we can sometimes accommodate walk-ins, we cannot guarantee that if you walk in with out an appointment that we will be able to fit you in.

Check out our old blog post 'How Long's this gonna take?' which gives information on how far in advance to make bookings for hire and made-to-measure outfits and please give us a call on 01674 677 205 to book an appointment.

By M Ingram 16 Feb, 2017
I am delighted to say that we have been shortlisted in the Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 for the category of Wedding Menswear Supplier of the Year! And what is even more amazing is that we are the only Scottish company in our category!!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us and all of our brilliant customers who have supported us over the years. The winners are announced at the start of March so watch this space and we will keep you all posted!

Wish us luck!
By M Ingram 16 Jan, 2017

One of the questions we hear the most is ‘how long….’ – how long does a made-to-measure take, how long before my date should I come in for my hire, how long is this fitting gonna take!? So we thought that the topic of ‘how long’ would be a great place to kick off our blog.

 

Hire – During our peak summer season we usually recommend that adults come in 10-12 weeks before your required dates and kids no more than 6-8 weeks before as they can grow. It’s really important that you book a fitting in advance, especially if there is a group of you, as we work on an appointment basis and Saturdays can fill up really quickly! Fittings take 30 mins per person and your hire will be ready to collect the day before your function (usually Friday) and due back to us on Monday.

 

MtoM – Made-to-measure kilts have a 10 – 12 week making time so be sure to keep that in mind when you book your fitting. Jackets can take just as long to be made so it’s best to allow minimum 12 weeks before your required date when placing your order. The actual fitting time for MtoM outfits varies depending on what items you require and whether you have an idea in advance of what tartan you would like as looking through the sample books can take a fair bit of time (my heart sinks when someone comes in and just says they want a ‘green one’… there are thousands of green ones!!), we usually allow an hour for fittings, though if you really aren’t sure what tartan you would like then please tell us when you make your fitting and we can book some more time to spend with you going through all of your options.

 

We work on an appointment basis, so please call us on 01674 677 205 and book in. We hope to see you all soon!

By M Ingram 11 Jan, 2017

Happy New Year to all our customers and welcome to our new blog!

 

We often find ourselves getting asked questions about highland dress - how do you tie your shoe laces? which side does the sgian dubh sit? Whats the best way to travel with the kilt? – And thought it would be great if we could have a place where we could answer all of your questions and explore the awesomeness that is Scottish national dress!! We aim to post every couple of weeks so if you have any questions that you would like to see featured on our blog then why not drop us an email at enquiries@highlandscene.co.uk . We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Speak to you all soon!

By M Ingram 15 Nov, 2017
The news has been full of tales of sexual harassment in recent weeks following the Harvey Weinstein allegations, with new stories coming out almost every day, and it got me thinking about the nature of sexual harassment in the workplace. Though Highland Scene is about as far from Hollywood as you can get it unfortunately doesn't mean that we are exempt from facing sexual harassment in the workplace on a surprisingly regular basis. Most of our customers are great, very respectful, however there is always that one person who takes it too far so I have decided to write this blog post to outline two of what should be pretty basic common sense rules of behavior when coming in for a fitting.

1) You're not as funny as you think you are...

The nature of this job means that we do have to get a little up close and personal with our customers - yes, we do have to put our arms around you to measure you and yes, we do offer a full fitting service here so we will kneel down to help fit your shoes and show you how to correctly tie your laces - but it was during a fitting last week while I was knelt in front of the gentleman tying his shoe laces that I heard the old familiar call of 'While you're down there luv...' *sigh* I know that its banter, and I know that in your head its totally hilarious and you are a comic genius but I can assure you it wasn't funny the first fifty times I heard it and its still not funny now! I know to you it may seem harmless but I ask the question, at what point does it shift from harmless banter to sexual harassment? I remember vividly a few years ago myself and a colleague fitting two gentlemen and whilst we were tying their shoes they very openly stood and discussed with each other our *ahem* attributes and debated who had the bigger/better set of said attributes... It was incredibly uncomfortable for us both and though we tried to laugh it off it made for a very awkward fitting experience.

I am all for having a laugh and having a bit of banter with our customers, it makes the fittings a fun experience for everyone, but please think before you open your mouths guys, remember that we are someones wife/sister/daughter and that you may not be as funny as you think...

2) Underwear is NOT optional!!

I can't believe I really have to say this but you absolutely MUST wear underwear when you come in for a kilt fitting! I have lost count of the amount of men that I have sent to the shops to buy underwear, when I tell my friends they don't believe me (I really wish I was joking). We work on an appointment basis so 9/10 customers that we see have booked in, they know they are coming in, it is pre-arranged - why then would you think it is ok to turn up to an appointment where you know you will at some point be asked to remove your trousers without wearing underwear?! In this job you literally see it all, but come on guys, please have a little respect! It is uncomfortable for us as fitters and so incredibly disrespectful when you turn up to your fitting unapologetically sans-underwear. I had one gentleman tell me that he was running late and 'forgot' to put his pants on (but yet miraculously managed to put all the rest of his clothes on and do his hair...) and one gentleman tell me that  'I don't mind if you don't' when I had to swap kilts over and it turned out he had nothing on... Really.... *facepalm*

Guys, please have the common decency to turn up to your fittings with the appropriate clothing on. At this stage I don't care if it your Sunday best or the holy old pair of pants from the back of the drawer - as long as you have them on then we will be delighted!


When reading through this post it might seem a little funny; guys saying silly, crude things and not wearing their pants - but sexual harassment in any form is no laughing matter and everyone should be entitled to a work environment that is free from any kind of harassment. I hope that people become more aware and that I have less of these kind of stories to tell in the future... 




By M Ingram 09 Mar, 2017
I was saddened to hear about the closing of the Carron restaurant in Stonehaven this week, though sadly it is a bit of a sign of the times. With every local business that closes the community loses something valuable; not only does it lose a place of employment for local citizens but it also loses a little bit of its identity, its uniqueness. Small businesses are all different, they come in all shapes and sizes, they are not cookie cutter franchises or chain stores, they offer such variety and are an asset to the community. They are owned and staffed by local people and the money spent in them filters back into the local community, unlike multi national corporations that may not even be based in the uk, let alone the local area.  As a local business ourselves we try and use Scottish suppliers whenever possible and deal with a number of small local suppliers as it is important to us as a small business to keep as much of our trade in the local area and Scotland as a whole as we possibly can.

Times are increasingly tough right now, not only in business but for everyone, and this area has been particularly badly hit, however the closing of the Carron has brought to the forefront one important point about small local business - you either use it or lose it. I know it isn't always easy, and we are all guilty of shopping on Amazon, sure, but we are the ones who need to make the change to our shopping and spending habits. The only people who can prevent this happening to other local businesses are us, the consumers. So shop local, tell your friends about that cute little cafe you found or the unique little gift store that you loved, take an afternoon and explore the range of different businesses that are in your town, try that award winning butchers and find out just why they deserved that award... 

Shop Local, Eat Local, Spend Local, Enjoy Local because it takes you to start a trend.
By M Ingram 18 Feb, 2017
Its that time of year again where the lead up to summer weddings means we are getting extremely busy with fittings in our hire department. With that in mind we ask you to remember that we work on an appointments basis. We are a small shop and can only fit a limited number of people on any given day without compromising our service. We try to do our best in making sure that all of our customers have a full fitting experience and are happy with their outfit which means spending a little time getting things right. Saturdays in particular fill up very quickly, and though we can sometimes accommodate walk-ins, we cannot guarantee that if you walk in with out an appointment that we will be able to fit you in.

Check out our old blog post 'How Long's this gonna take?' which gives information on how far in advance to make bookings for hire and made-to-measure outfits and please give us a call on 01674 677 205 to book an appointment.

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