Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be Scottish/Celtic to wear a kilt?
Nope. Not even a little bit. Our founder has Italian and Scandinavian heritage, but no Celtic heritage to speak of. We have a wide selection of modern kilts that are perfect for anyone to wear.
But what about a tartan? Do you have mine?
That's less cut and dry. Some tartans are very strongly associated with a particular family or clan. There are a lot of tartans that belong to a location (i.e. California), an organization (i.e. USMC), or even a single person (Rowdy Roddy Piper had his own personal tartan). Some tartans exist solely to have a tartan in a certain color - we're looking at you, Pink Stewart.
But there is a tartan associated with my name, I saw it!
You're mostly right. The Scottish Tartan Registry started in the '70s, and at that time there were about 1000 tartans registered. There are now over 7000 tartans registered, and those didn't all get discovered in a basement in Edinburgh! The vast majority of tartans out there are modern, and thus their connection with an ancient family is dubious at best. Someone decided that they wanted a tartan for their branch of their family and got it registered. Because of this, many of these tartans were only woven once, and probably by the person who registered it.
We can help you do some research and see if your family name is claimed as a sept by one of the bigger clans. We currently have access to about 60 tartans (plus another 600-ish with a 4-6 week delivery time). If you just have to have the one that you saw at the Games or online, we're willing to help, but some tartan is just not (currently) available to anyone but the person who designed it.
So, if I'm not Scottish, but want a tartan, how do I choose?
J.T. Centonze, our founder, wears the following tartans:
Clan Italia (Italian national tartan)
MacQuarie (he attended MacQuarie University in Sydney while studying abroad)
Johnston/e (his fiancee claims lineage in the Johnston clan)
Jolly Roger/Nightwatch (he likes wearing black and grey tones)
California (born and bred)
Admiral (he likes blue)
All of these reasons, and more, are valid claims to a tartan.
But they're just for men, right?
Nope. Not even a little bit. We carry a full range of kilts, both in traditional men's lengths and in shorter 'mini' and 'ultra-mini' lengths. Beyond that - you can wear whatever kilt you want, regardless of your gender. Kilts don't care. Trust us.
So, uh, what do I wear, you know...under it?
Whatever the hell you want. That's your business - and no one else's. But a note: asphalt and dirt (you know, the stuff that makes up the majority of the ground in the modern world) reflect UV rays as well as a mirror. There are some places you just don't want a sunburn.
Have other questions? Email, message, or call us! (firstname.lastname@example.org, @offkilterkilts, 626-817-9999)