Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Walker Slater

Photo by Gabriela Silveira    

Who?
There is a winding cobbled street in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town whose wares reflect the colours of  the Scottish landscape. 
Moss, lichen, bracken and thistle hued tweeds stroll out of the store each day ready to imbue their wearer with a touch of homespun tradition.



What's Their  Style?
Nostalgic romance with hardy robustness.
Walker Slater  may be Scottish but they embrace the Union.
 Scottish  tweeds abound, Harris of course which is woven on the islands of  Harris, Uist, Lewis and Barra but they are joined by their  Irish and English couturial cousins.


Cost?
Jackets/Coats £225 to 365
Ciuture service Jackets/Coats £525- £850.


Who is their typical customer?
 Anyone who likes to feel  the presence of time and tradition woven  into their clothes.















Two For The Gents



Caring for tweed

'When caring for tweed, less is more when it comes to dry cleaning. The best way to revive a tweed is by steaming with an iron. The steam does two things: kills bacteria and relaxes the yarn. (Tweed's worst enemy is the moth, and its larvae.) The moisture added back into the yarn helps the creases fall and the yarn stay soft. The harsh chemicals of dry cleaning can too often make the yarn brittle. Simply airing the garment near an open window can freshen the wool also.'

online shop coming soon.
*This is not a sponsored post, consider it a tweedy billet doux. 





77 comments:

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    1. I could see you in suit number two.

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  2. Hello Tabitha:
    Such a splendid looking, beautifully styled shop which must indeed be an asset to the City. And now caring for all of our tweeds is made easy!!

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  3. Beautiful tweeds! My mother bought a tweed coat on one of those Islands, back in the 70s. I do long to visit Scotland one day ...

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  4. Tabitha, that store looks gorgeous. The tweed fabrics and cuts of the clothing look fantastic and no doubt perfect for the Scottish seasons. I miss wearing jackets a great deal xxx

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    1. Fifi, I'm envious of you I'd love to give up big frumpy winter coats.

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  5. Buongiorno,Morning!
    Ah...il Buon Gusto del Vestire secondo Tradizione!
    ...Affascinante vedere come i colori del paesaggio Scozzese si riflettano nei Vostri capi di Abbigliamento, so Beautiful to see how the fabolous colours of the Scottish landscape are reflected in the Fashion clothes.
    ...by the way have You purchased something?...
    Ciao,Best

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  6. Tabitha as you can imagine I am very partial to my namesake. I absolutely adore traditional shops such as Walker Slater, I will soon be visiting my Edinburgh cousins and as I am in the market for a pair of tweed, wide leg trousers something as elusive as a red squirrel in England, I will definitely be paying them a visit.

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    1. Dash, ask for Vixy, she's lovely. Will you be over in December? Edinburgh is just stunning at that time of year.

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    2. I am spending a full ten days in Blighty over Christmas, I am so excited as it has been twelve years since I was in Britain over the festive period. Weather permitting I am looking forward to a quick blast up the A1 to Edinburgh.

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  7. Oh I want to shop there ... time and tradition woven into my clothing ... lovely. I've always hated the idea of dry cleaning and happy to hear their view on proper care. That reminds me, I still need to post about my favorite little steamer.

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    1. Tiffany please do I'm on the lookout for a good steamer.

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    2. A trick equally as useful as a steamer, is a good week in the freezer for cashmere, wool, tweed coats etc. Kills any larvae or ticks you might have picked up. Then just shake them out, and they come back up to room temp straight away. You can use a steaming kettle to plump up the pile on velvet. Works a treat on a hard hat and collars.

      Nothing like a good Harris...lasts a lifetime, and then some.

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    3. I don't have an iron and have burned my hand a few times trying to get creases out of dresses by holding them over the kettle - time to invest in a steamer before I lose my fingerprints.

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  8. I love this! So chic and timeless. I am a Walker on my mother's side, so this is a must visit/buy destination for me! Thought of you this am - have been awake since 3! Stupid coffee!

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  9. Very nostalgic. It reminds me of roaming the Scottish moors in search of the ever illusive Grouse then back for tea and changing into a suitable Tweed skirt. Also my school uniform jacket.

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  10. Oh my sleep pattern is driving me crazy just now. 3.00am is I think the most depressing time of day, I hope you woke your hubs!

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    1. 4:30am is my new wake up time. I'm going insane.

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    2. Me too Kathy, I've always been an early bird but my new waking up time means I am done and dusted by 7.30pm every night.

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    3. I know, I was asleep by 8pm last night - it's my new bedtime. How can we get out of this cycle? I went to a screening of Skyfall two weeks ago, that started at 7:30pm and slept through the whole thing!

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    4. Oh Kathy, this is what's happening to me, I can't go anywhere at night now because I'll fall asleep especially the cinema, ok we need help.

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    5. I don't know if you've tried to force yourself to stay up later, but I have, and it doesn't help - I still wake up at 4:30am. Any suggestions most welcomed. I have a feeling that Sulky is a good sleeper.

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  11. Looks like a quaintly interesting little shop. I love the look of their tweedy merchandise - reminds me of my father's tweed jackets.

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  12. I've been looking for a fedora hat lately and I see some stacked up there... Must admit I love Armstrongs in the Grassmarket, though I've never bought anything there.

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  13. Since I started working for landed estates I thought it would be inevitable that I succumb to a tweed jacket. It hasn't happened....yet. They are nice but I don't want to look as if I'm 'going native'. It's not a fancy dress comp after all.

    I am quite fond of the pink/blue pastel check one above though. It's a good shape for me. Hmmm...

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  14. This must be one of few remaining traditional tweed shops left in the UK. Most are eaten up by large foreign corporations whose interest lies in the bottom line. Thank you for the tip! I'll try steaming my coat with iron. I've been warned by dry cleaners themselves not to dry clean my clothes too often.

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  15. Gorgeous. Worth a visit the next time I am in Edinburgh. There maybe an addition to my small Christmas list.

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  16. SO beautiful, I must have something from that shop. Please let us know when they get their site up!
    I've been wearing my Harris Tweed jacket quite a bit, it's perfect in rain, cold, that thing is indestructible.

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    1. It is up, you can see other designs, they just haven't got an online store yet.

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  17. How beautiful is that shop?! I must get there someday. The tweeds look just gorgeous, thanks for sharing.

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  18. The photo 4 from bottom with the pattern books - that is my Dad's cord (rope handles) its lovely to see it on your blog :)

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  19. THREAD CAREFULLY Ah Tabs, there is a comforting, most British and stolid ring to your paean today. That shop is redolent with the tangle of the isles; muted colours, the glowing pastels of a western sunset, and of course the industrious grannie button bottles. To me Harris (and Aran come to that) are more than cloth, they almost seem like fabric that knits people together, the warp and weft of a fast-disappearing but hopefully enduring trade and way of life. Only concerned I must now divide my Brora cashmere fund with W&S.
    N.B. Your post had me really befuddled at first, confused with Slater Walker, a former U.K. firm in the 1970s' precursor version of the banking scandal. One of my dad's long-term colleagues came to Canada to stay clear of mess.

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    1. yes, it sounds a but like an estate agents too!

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  20. Their name reversed was a spectacular City bank that failed in the 1970s. But with different product and a different name they should succeed, and deservedly so judging by their tweeds.

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  21. The fabrics and patterns look exquisite and I'll bet these are all lifers. I adore a classic tweed jacket, especially with a bright turtleneck or scarf. I'd love the olive/blue windowpane in a pencil skirt.

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  22. Oh these look lovely, thanks for sharing. The windowpane check jacket looks especially nice. I can't wait to see the online store.

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  23. Hi Tabitha - I've seen recently on some blogs that there has been controversy about bloggers taking photos in shops; one was given a verbal cease and desist order in a J Crew. However, I think that this company should have nothing to complain about - your photos are lovely and you have introduced this store to some new prospective customers. Brora, Walker Slater ... what other Edinburgh fashion destinations would you add to a pilgrimage?

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    1. Patricia, I did ask them beforehand just to make sure that it was ok.

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    2. Oh I'm not sure, I'd have to think about it and find out what niche you were interested in.

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    3. Gosh, I don't know. Certainly the traditional Scottish wares are so interesting now, especially as in so many cases they represent fine workmanship and a long history. Or how about a post on Jenners, the 'Harrods of the North'?

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    4. By the way, I was sure you had asked - the photos are simply too good to have been taken undercover!! :0)

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  24. A very nice shop indeed, in Victoria Street isn't it?

    It reminds me of two lovely days spent in Edinburgh, after a week "a'chasing the deer" in the West and a few days across the Pond, not too far from Beacon Hill, so the Balmoral was a fitting intermezzo.

    I bumped across an ancient copy of Burns Poems Collection and fine ancient prints of the Highlands in the same street again, but nothing fitting to wear as they do not appear to have large sizes in stock (I am 6'6'').

    I miss the Auld Raukie sooo much now, thank you for keeping the fire burning!

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    1. Yes it is. 6 6" - wow ! They do have a made to measure service.

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    2. So does Hawick. I had a very nice cashmere jumper made to order there. It has just arrived, now I do hope that winter will do the same.

      As far as tweed is concerned, I am a real Cordings fan. You should check it out when in London, just prior to a lunch at the Wolseley and a visit to F&M!

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    3. Hawick make utterly stunning cashmere.

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  25. Scrumptious, a wool lovers paradise.

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  26. I think I like the shop as much as the clothes!

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  27. Yes, this is exactly the kind of tweed I like. I love the double breasted coat with the gray scarf, and the funnel neck jacket too. Can't wait to be there!
    Do you have anything from them?

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    1. Kathy I have loathed tweed until this year!

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    2. Same here,do you think it is because it is not so thick/hairy,and the designs are softer? Ida

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    3. Ida possibly but for me and I bet this goes for you too, the menfolk always wore it and they would come in smelling like damp dogs and hang up their wet tweeds in the cloakroom!

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  28. Thank you for taking us to another great shop in Edinburgh. You live in the most beautiful place with cobble stone roads and imagine a store with stone walls. I hope they set up an online store because i would love to order from them. A couple of weeks ago you had on a camel hacking jacket. Was that from here?

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    1. Marsha, only because I am wearing the same one today, pretty certain Tabitha's camel jacket is J Crew's hacking in herringbone 48263 now on sale for 189.00 minus the 30%. Might be final sale, but well worth it IMO.

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    2. Thanks GetFresh I'm going to check it out.

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  29. Thanks, Tabitha, just LOVE these tweeds. Mr Lane had a tweed suit made when he lived in Edinburgh for a year, eons ago. I need to steam it up and make him wear it. I have an ESTEAM Jiffy Personal Hand Held steamer, from Amazon, I think, made in the USA, and works very well.

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  30. ahhh tabitha what a gorgeous store. i wish i lived my whole life in a place like that. it just appeals to me so deeply. absolutely gorgeous and thank you for sharing this beautiful part of your world with me. and thanks about the tweed tips, they are much appreciated. xo

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  31. echoing everyone else, what a glorious store and what lovely merchandise. I'm going to stalk the arrival of their web presence. I've had great luck ordering tweed hats from Hannas of Donegal, they even called me to make sure my head is really that big. Yes, said I, it's a big t'ick skull that needs keeping warm. Right, just checking, said the nice lady.

    I had a Harris tweed coat when I was in school, it would NOT wear out.

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    1. Fred me too, I think that's why it's taken me so long to go back to wearing tweed.

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  32. Wow, that looks like one of those shops you walk into and come out transformed into another person. I would love to go in there and softly caress all those glorious tweeds!

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  33. This is the type of shop you go into just to savour the atmosphere. I love the jars with the buttons

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  34. Harris Tweed is my love,had my G/father's HT jacket remodelled
    for myself,it has become more beautiful with age.

    When we were last up in Edinburgh HB kitted himself out,definitely
    the place to buy.....I would love to find a tweed slightly oversized
    coat,must check this WS out,prices very reasonable.Ida

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    1. Ida - I really loved their coats, one year I'm going to treat myself to one.

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  35. Love your line about reviving the tweed, I feel as though I should do the steaming thing to my face so the pesky time bugs don't get to me. A gorgeous line and (I never thought I would say this) times like this I wish I didn't live in California so I could wear it more(too warm here). The line of that top jacket is just sublime, sort of slanted...

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  36. What a beautiful and perfect shop... and your photos? Completely gorgeous. I need to see Scotland with you. You know all the ins and outs.

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  37. oh wow! this looks fantastic. it seems like the kind of shop you'd just putter around in for a while, to touch everything and chat with the store staff. it really evokes wonder looking at these pictures.

    xox P

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  38. What a stylish shop! I would happily wander around feeling the beautiful fabric. I love the classic double-breasted coat with the cosy scarf and of course the buttons in the jars. Great photos.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. I love this look, I used to find old Harris Tweed jackets in thrift stores all the time in the good old days...the beautiful tweeds just speak to me! I want to visit this store!

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  40. Hello Tabitha

    The quality of the materials and tailoring is nothing short of exquisite. Owning a garment from this store would spoil one forever. There would be no more J Crew or Banana Republic purchases.

    Thanks for sharing

    Helen xx

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  41. Love the exterior as much as the interior. You should do a story on Edinburgh for one of the magazines. Australian Vogue Living would love something like this - a story that combined architecture, style, travel, inspiration, great merchandising. Keep up the posts - they're always interesting. xx

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  42. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You've thrilled me with this post! I am the proud owner of several Walker Slater pieces and they are all DIVINE! I can't wait to see the new women's shop- thanks for the sneak peek.

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  43. Cubbiccino - sorry it took so long!

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    1. Not at all! I'm just delighted to see the post. I hope they're true to their word about an online shop, though nothing could replace the in-store experience. I hope to be there during Hogmanay.

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  44. This is what I perceive all of Scottish shops to look like. Very enchanting!

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  45. What a beautiful store...love all the tweeds! I'd love some pieces tailored for myself and my husband, would be very nice! They do fine pieces here :) I love white too, I think it gets a little discarded as most think you must have colour, I do love colour everywhere, but I do like to have a space that's just white :) My living room is taupe and white & I love Christmas because we go over kill with more white things :))) It's very pretty. Some people feel white is a colour. Light appears colourless or white. Sunlight is white light that is composed of all the colours of the spectrum. A rainbow is proof. You can't see the colours of sunlight except when there is a rainbow. So, you can love white as a colour all you wish :))) I always think of wearing a big white faux fur coat with a giant hood while riding on a sleigh in the snow at Christmas time...that would be nice :))

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