Company History & Heritage

William Anderson, 1st Generation
William Anderson, 1st Generation

Founded by William Anderson in 1868, Kinloch Anderson has upheld its commitment to Quality Authentic Scottish Style for over 150 years.

For six generations the Kinloch Anderson family has independently run the company and strategically guided it towards greater success every year since the very beginning.

Douglas & John Kinloch Anderson, 5th & 6th Generation
Douglas & John Kinloch Anderson, 5th & 6th Generation

The very first Kinloch Anderson retail store was opened in George Street, Edinburgh. Kinloch Anderson has designed and manufactured authentic, licensed tartan for the entirety of its 150 year history, and its original store, while including a “modern” twist on traditional highland clothing, was no exception. The shop’s displays featured exquisitely tailored Scottish-inspired clothing and the shelves were lined with high-quality textiles with a focus on tartan.

Kinloch Anderson’s First Ready-to-Wear Shop in Edinburgh
Kinloch Anderson’s First Ready-to-Wear Shop in Edinburgh
Royal Warrants of Appointment for Kinloch Anderson
Royal Warrants of Appointment for Kinloch Anderson

One of the highest honors awarded to companies is the Royal Warrant of Appointment, a distinction that recognizes people and businesses who provide goods or services to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or the Prince of Wales. Kinloch Anderson received all three.

The First Royal Warrant was granted to W.J. Kinloch Anderson by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1955. This act came only a couple years after the Queen was crowned in 1953. The next Royal Warrant came from The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. Both these Royal Warrants were granted to Douglas Kinloch Anderson in 1972, and in 1980 Douglas accepted Kinloch Anderson’s First Royal Warrant from The Prince of Wales.

The Kinloch Anderson brand is proud of its legacy and influence within the history of Scottish textiles. Honor for their legendary past is evident today as the brand draws inspiration from old styles and antique catalogs. The tried-and-true qualities of traditional Scottish clothing continues to improve the style and comfort of today’s modern clothing aesthetics.

Kinloch Anderson Pea Coat
Kinloch Anderson Pea Coat

The textiles and tradition of Kinloch Anderson are cherished by people from all walks of life, royals to students, and from every continent, Europe to Asia. Throughout the years, the Kinloch Anderson brand has balanced a deep respect and appreciation for traditional highland wear and tartan with an ever-evolving understanding of individual style.

Whether you’re wearing a kilt in the Kinloch Tartan or a classic fit shirt in Castle Grey Tartan, you’ll know you’re wearing authentic, quality Scottish tradition.