History of Alex Scott & Co. (Kiltmakers) LTD
Alexander Scott founded Alex Scott on 6th August 1925. He had formally been in partnership with his brother John in A & J Scott, which was established in 1901. The brothers had decided to go their separate ways and Alexander opened his shop, Alex Scott & Co (Tailors and Outfitters) Ltd at 56/60 St Nicholas Street Aberdeen.
St Nicholas Street, Aberdeen around the turn of the century
As well as tailoring, the name “Scott” had been associated with Kilt making and Highland Wear since the beginning of the twentieth century. Kilts were hand tailored and fitted on the premises for both men and ladies (just as they are today) by master kiltmakers. Kilt Jackets, Prince Charlies and Tweed Jackets were also made on the premises in the tailoring department.
Another clothing department was introduced in 1928 specialising in uniforms for the Merchant Navy. This was expanded to introduce uniforms for the cubs, boy scouts, girl guides and eventually school uniforms.
Alex Scott had to move premises from St Nicholas Street to make way for the new St. Nicholas Shopping Centre. Their new location was 103-105 George Street. Having moved to their new premises and as fashions changed, kilts became more popular. Alex Scott opened a Highland Wear hire department within a rapidly changing market and the growth of chain stores catering for casual clothing. With the decline of the requirement for Merchant Navy uniforms and the wearing of school uniforms, the hiring of Highland Wear became most successful.
In 1987 Alex Scott relocated to its present location where the demand for Highland Wear went from strength to strength, young men wanted to wear their kilts with pride. People wanted to be recognised as “Scottish” and the best way was, to wear the kilt.
Following from this there was a hunger for knowledge, knowledge about ones Scottish history or clan; Alex Scotts introduced an extensive range of “Clan“ merchandise adding already, to its already comprehensive range of tartan wear.
Aberdeen with its university and colleges attracted students from afar. It also became a destination for visitors. This coupled with the arrival of North Sea oil saw Aberdeen have an influx of oil executives, some visiting, others taking up residence. Alex Scott now saw another opportunity, these people required gifts or souvenirs. Alex Scott now introduced a range of “Quality Gifts and Souvenirs”. Alex Scott now boasts as being “all things Scottish”.
Alex Scott is pictured here with his family.
Alex Scott is one of the longest established retailers in Aberdeen who has adapted and changed many of its products throughout its history but still retains its core business “Highland Wear”. Alex Scott’s philosophy has always been based on quality and customer service, this has been its success. Proud to be “Scott’s” and proud to be “Scottish”.