From Scotland with Love

Some of the world’s hottest Scots will again converge on New York City over the next week to help kick-off Tartan Week, the annual global celebration of Scottish heritage and tradition.

On Monday, April 2, designers, models, moguls, media and celebrities will assemble at the prestigious Liberty Theatre on 42nd Street in Times Square for From Scotland with Love, the highest-profile Scottish fashion show on the planet.

“This is our 10th anniversary show and everyone involved wanted to do something special to mark this significant achievement” says chairman and founder Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll. 

 “After a decade it was time to rethink, refresh, and reinvigorate the event,” he shares, noting that the original Dressed to Kilt moniker served the occasion well. “Thus we have rebranded the show From Scotland with Love”.

From its humble origins in Carroll’s kitchen a decade ago, the annual gathering has grown into the third-largest fashion extravaganza in the world.

Media from around the globe – including Russia, China, Japan, India, Latin America and Continental Europe – will descend upon downtown Manhattan to capture and convey the latest in Scottish design and fabrics. Last year, the stylish spectacle reached more than 2.6 billion people worldwide through thousands of websites, newspapers, magazines and TV outlets.  

The Honorary Chairmen and Hosts of this year’s show will include Sir Tom Hunter, the Chairman and  founder of the Hunter Foundation; Lord McConnell, the current head of the Cash for Kids charity and the longest serving First Minister in Scotland’s history; Ian Grabiner, COO of the Arcadia Group; Donald Trump, CEO of Trump International; Brian Cox CBE, Scottish actor and Rector of the University of Dundee; Scottish actor Kevin McKidd; Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland; Geoff Day, Senior Executive with Mercedes Benz USA; Dawn Halfaker, the President of the Board of Directors of  The Wounded Warrior Project;  Dougal Munro, President of Holland & Sherry; Robin Galbraith, Founder & Chairman of the Calzeat Group of Companies, and many other distinguished individuals from both sides of the Atlantic.

Past participants have included the likes of comedian Billy Connolly, athletes Ahmad Bradshaw and Bernie Williams; musicians Amy Grant and KT Tunstall, and actors Gerard Butler, Chris Noth, Kyle MacLachlan, Keifer Sutherland, Mike Myers, Anne Hathaway  and Sir Sean Connery.

Jonathan Saunders, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Veronica MacIsaac, Johnstons Cashmere, Pringle of Scotland, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Calzeat, GlenIsla Kilts, Holland & Sherry, and Lochcarron of Scotland have all featured their fashion wear at past events. “It is, by far, the largest single group of Scottish designers to appear on one runway, and many of those big names, and more, will be with us again this year” says Carroll.

The gathering isn’t all glitz and glamour, however, with a number of notable causes benefitting from the festivities.

“The Wounded Warrior Project in the U.S. helps the thousands of wounded warriors returning home from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and it also provides much needed assistance to their families,” explains Carroll.

“And Cash For Kids is an organization that makes a significant difference to thousands of sick and underprivileged children in Scottish communities and provides the neediest with a better and brighter future.

“It is very rewarding to see that this gathering not only brings out people,” he smiles, “it brings out the best in people.”