Perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Scotland, tartan is an integral part of the nation’s identity. The history of tartan spans centuries; the earliest recorded mentions of the cloth can be traced back to 1538. Although there is some disagreement regarding the true origins of the name, some historians believe it derives from the Irish Scots words “taur” and “tan”, meaning colour and district. Eventually, particular tartan designs came to be associated with specific districts of the Highlands, and this was passed on from generation to generation.
Paying tribute to their 139 years of Scottish heritage as well homage to co-founder Walter Scott’s name, the Scotts Tartan Collection applies the traditional pattern to a range of modern apparel by Lyle & Scott.
Clan Scott originate from the borders region of Scotland where Lyle & Scott was founded, and Lyle & Scott were granted the clan’s permission to use their plaid on Lyle & Scott garments.
The collection features beautifully crafted, all-over tartan pieces, as well as hints and details of tartan applied to simple classics.The wider popularisation of Scottish tartan is often attributed to novelist, playwright and poet, Sir Walter Scott (not to be confused with our co-founder). King George 1V was an avid fan of Scott’s literary work, and Sir Walter Scott personally stage managed the king’s visit to Scotland. Clan chiefs were encouraged to greet the King in their clan tartan, establishing the idea that in order to be a proper tartan, it had to be named.
Sir Walter Scott is a descendant of one of the most powerful clans of the Scottish borders: clan Scott. With an incredible heritage that dates back to the 12th century, clan Scott shares the same birthplace as Lyle & Scott’s original factory in the Scottish borders.
Key pieces of the Scotts Tartan collection include the Scotts tartan rollneck jumper and knitted polo shirt that both feature a full-blooded, all-over Green Scotts tartan. An all-over tartan has been applied to short and long-sleeve polo shirts and a smart cotton shirt.Elsewhere in the Scotts Tartan collection there are hints of both the red and green variations of Scotts tartan to give touches of texture and interest to simple styles. For Lyle & Scott’s tartan detail shirt and they’ve applied the plaid across the shoulder, and on the tartan detail polo shirt and knitted polo shirt they’ve used it on the collars, plackets and elbows. For a pop of colour and texture, Scotts tartan has been used as the lining for Lyle & Scott’s Harrington jacket, field jacket and duffle coat.They’’ve also applied the ancient plaid to a set of accessories, the centerpiece of which is the lambswool tartan scarf that’s manufactured in the picturesque Scottish town of Ayr.