Kathleen and Robert Ferdinando have developed Celtic Clothing from a small home based business to the established store it is today. The couple have lived on the island for nearly 30 years after Kathleen returned to her heritage, her mother being born and raised on Harris.
Celtic Clothing was formed in June 1998 in response to a request from the Bernera School of Highland Dancing to supply their pupils with outfits, primarily for the purpose of competition. Kathleen is a time-served tailor with over 30 years experience . Her kilt-making is of the highest standard and her customers have included Scottish landed gentry and the aristocracy. Kathleen is one of the few remaining kilt-makers capable of making the military style “box pleated” kilts that are popular with pipe bands. Kathleen learnt her trade at Campbell & Co who started business in 1858. They sell quality woollens and high class garments made in sporting tweeds and also highland dress. Campbell & Co have the Royal warrant as suppliers of tweed to the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
The building Celtic Clothing is situated in, is one of the oldest buildings in Stornoway and was originally used as the coach house for Lews Castle, at the time owned by Lord Leverhulme. The shop maintains a sense of history and tradition in the items its sells; Harris Tweed and Tartans with their clan crests and mottos.
Robert weaves the majority of the tweed, used in the clothing sold in-store, himself in his weaving shed. He says he feels a sense of satisfaction and pride whenever a customer leaves with something he wove. The name Croft 11 used on the clothing labels comes from the weaving shed, situated on croft 11.
Find us along Bayhead Street in Stornoway, right beside the harbour and insight of the stunning Lews castle