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...
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing from you.
Speak to you all soon!